Comets break losing streak

Norv and Mary Coblentz · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The Knights of North Cedar came out on top 6-2 at West Liberty on July 1. West Liberty junior pitcher Brett Becker pitched well, but some errors behind him caused runs to be scored for the opposing team.

"He overpitched," West Liberty Head Coach Troy Wulf said. "It's easy to do. You pitch so well, then I think he got a little frustrated. Tried to do too much. That's what he does, he was competing, and he's got to learn from it."

The Knights got on the scoreboard first, with one run in the top of the first. The first batter singled, then went to second on an overthrow and third on a wild pitch. The next batter drew a base on balls to put runners at the corners. The next batter hit into a fielder's choice. Tyler Newsom at shortstop fielded the ball and threw it to Chuy Garcia at catcher for the out at home. The Knights scored when the Comets had their runner caught between first and second only to drop the ball, allowing the runner at third to come home.

Becker led off the bottom of the third with a hard-hit single to third base. Daniel Jacques walked, then the next batter popped out to the catcher. Garcia hit into a fielder's choice, and Jacques was out at second. With runners at the corners, the next batter struck out to end the inning.

There was no score in the second inning by either team. In the top of the third, the first batter flied out to Jacques in center field. The next batter singled to center, but a groundout to Tanner Mueller at second and a fly out to Zach Courbat in right field ended the threat. The Comets took the lead with a two-run third. The first batter worked the count full but struck out. Jacques hit a bouncing single to right center field. Newsom lined a single to left field to put runners at first and second. The next batter flied out to center field for the second out. Cooper Koenig singled to right field, scoring Jacques. With Manny Lopez at the plate, Newsom stole home and Koenig stole second base. After working the count full Lopez struck out to end the inning, but the Comets had a 2-1 lead.

There was no score in the fourth, and each team went down in order in the fifth.

In the top of the sixth, the first North Cedar batter grounded out to Lopez at third base. The next singled to right field and the runner advanced to second on a wild pitch. The next batter struck out for the second out. A hit batsman put runners at first and second, and a base on balls loaded the bases. An error scored two runs before Becker got a four-pitch strikeout to bring up the West Liberty sixth. The Comets grounded out, struck out looking, and struck out swinging to end the sixth inning.

North Cedar scored three runs in the top of the seventh. The first batter reached on an error and the next flied out to Jacques in center field. A walk put runners at first and second. The runner at second advanced on a ball and the batter popped out to Newsom at shortstop for the second out. Two runs scored on two passed balls, then a walk put another run on for the Knights. Another walk and a hit batsman loaded the bases. Another hit batsman scored a run. A strikeout ended the further threat.

The Comets needed four runs to tie it, but they were retired in order on a fly out to right field, a strikeout, and a fly out to left field.

The Comets scored four runs in the fifth to win on the road July 2, breaking a six-game losing streak against Cal-Wheat. Seniors Daniel Jacques and Tyler Newsom were 2-4 at the plate with a run and an RBI each. Manny Lopez was 2-3. Brett Becker and Cooper Koenig had an RBI each, and Koenig, Sergio Zamora, and Troy Heick got hits for the Comets. Freshman Koenig pitched five innings and got the win. Newsom pitched two innings and preserved the win.

The Comets split a double header with North Cedar on the road. In the loss, Tyler Newsom hit a homerun and had three RBIs. Chuy Garcia hit a double and hit 3-4. Daniel Jacques scored two runs. In the win, Garcia was 2-4 with a homerun, a double and four RBIs. Newsom hit a double and had two RBIs. Tanner Mueller also had an RBI.
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