|Girls take two, leave two|
by Norv and Mary Coblentz · July 17, 2013
The Comets softball team went 2-2 between July 1 through July 5. They squeaked out a win against West Burlington, lost to Wilton, and split the difference in a double header against Regina.
To begin, the Comets scored just one run, but it was enough for a home win over the West Burlington Falcons July 1.
"We played pretty solid defense tonight and scratched a run in," West Liberty Head Coach Dave Reynolds said. "Sometimes that's all it takes. I just kind of sat back and enjoyed the game. It was a good game to watch."
West Burlington's first batter lined out to Kristi Feldman at first base. The second batter hit a single up the middle, then a popout to Shelby Martin at pitcher and a popout to Hailey Daufeldt at shortstop brought up the Comets' first.
The first West Liberty batter struck out, then Daufledt got an infield single, beating out the throw to first. Audra Bridenstine hit into a fielder's choice, and she was out at first. Feldman walked, but a popout to the West Burlington pitcher stranded two Comets on base.
In the top of the second, West Burlington was retired in order, and the Comets returned the favor.
The Falcons got a one-out single in the top of the third, but Martin got two strikeouts, both looking, to end the threat. The Comets had two strikeouts and a groundout to end the third inning.
In the top of the fourth, West Burlington got a runner on base on an error, then the runner stole two bases. Martin struck out two batters and the next popped out to Daufeldt to leave the runner at third.
The Comets scored the game's only run in the bottom of the fourth. The first batter popped out to the first baseman. Feldman hit a single to left center field. The next batter struck out for the second out. Marideth Nichols hit a single to left field to put runners at first and second. Hayley Simon hit a single up the middle and Feldman scored from second base. The next batter grounded out to end the inning.
The Falcons got a runner in scoring position in the top of the fifth on a one-out walk and a steal, but two groundouts ended West Burlington's chance.
In the bottom of the fifth, West Liberty threatened again. Daufeldt hit a two-out single to right center field, and Audra Bridenstine hit an infield single to put runners at first and second. The next batter struck out to end the inning.
The first batter in the sixth flied out to Kayla Kaalberg in left field. The next batter reached on an error and advanced to second on another error, but a popout to Martin and another flyout to Kaalberg left the runner at second.
Martin led off the bottom of the sixth with a single up the middle. Nichols sacrifice bunted her to second base, but a flyout to right field and a strikeout ended the inning.
West Burlington created a little drama in the top of the seventh on a one-out double down the left field line. The next batter grounded out to Cassedi Simon at second base, and a flyout to Nichols in right field ended the game with a 1-0 win for the Comets.
However, after that win the Comets couldn't generate enough runs to beat the Beavers on July 2. Kristi Feldman was 2-3 at the plate with a double and the only RBI. Kayla Kaalberg got a hit and a run. Audra Bridenstine, Meridthe Nichols and Morgan Nichols also had hits for the Comets. However, they lost 1 to 3.
Later the Comets got one close win and then lost the other in a double header at Regina on July 5. In the first game, Shelby Martin pitched all seven innings and allowed no runs on three hits. Kristi Feldman got the Comets' RBI. Morgan Nichols was 2-3 at the plate with a double. Hayley Simon also hit a double. Kayla Kaalberg scored the run. Merideth Nichols and Shelby Rock also got hits. In the second game, Feldman and Martin had the RBIs. Merideth Nichols and Audra Bridenstine scored the runs.