John A. Willoughby
Columbia Academy is nearing the end of its regular season, and everything the Cougars are after is still within reach.
The Cougars (18-11, 3-1) tripled their District 4 win total last week and came within one shot of knocking off a talented AAAA squad.
Columbia seemingly was in the driver’s seat in Region 8-3A following a huge win Friday night in front of its home crowd, but the Wildcats faltered Monday and will need some help to finish the regular season atop the standings.
Anthony Alford was called up to The Show twice last year, and now the Columbia native is ready to make a name for himself on the national stage.
The outfielder said he intends to make the Toronto Blue Jays club out of spring training this year and give the team no reason to send him back down to the minor leagues.
The Wildcats’ chances of claiming the Region 8-3A regular season title dropped significantly after a pair of road losses Jan. 15 and Jan. 18 against Tylertown and Seminary, but Columbia (10-13, 5-2) righted the ship last week and still have a chance to come out on top.