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Comets fall to Regina
by Norv and Mary Coblentz · July 31, 2013


The West Liberty Comets were knocked out of postseason play, July 16, with an 11-5 loss to Regina at West Branch.

Senior Tyler Newsom was the starting pitcher for the Comets, and it was a good first inning for West Liberty. The first Regina batter grounded out Brett Becker at shortstop. He fielded the ball and threw to Cooper Koenig at first base for the out.

The second batter grounded out to Tanner Mueller at second base and the third batter was thrown out at first by catcher Chuy Garcia.

The Comets scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first. Becker led off with a base on balls and Daniel Jacques hit a sacrifice bunt to advance him to third. Newsom struck out, but the third strike was dropped and Becker scored on the play at first that got Newsom out. The Comets took a 1-0 lead into the second inning.

In the top of the second Regina got a runner all the way to third but did not score. The first batter doubled then advanced to third on a fly out to Zach Courbat in right field. Newsom struck the next two batters out to end the threat, the first one swinging and the second one looking. West Liberty went quietly in the second, going down in order on a strikeout and two groundouts to the shortstop.

The Regals scored five runs in the third inning, helped by some West Liberty errors. The first batter singled then reached third on two Comets errors. He scored on a single by the next batter. The next batter reached on an error, and the Regina lead runner advanced to second base. The next batter singled to load the bases.

The next Regina batter hit into a fielder's choice and the Comets got the runner out headed home to prevent a run. The next batter reached on an error scoring a run. Another run scored on a wild pitch. A double scored another run, then the Comets got the second out of the inning on a groundout to Becker at shortstop, but the fifth run of the inning scored for Regina. Newsom fielded the ball and threw it to Koenig to end the top of the third.

The Comets got a run in scoring position in their half of the third, but he was left stranded. The first batter struck out, then Manny Lopez got an infield single. Becker grounded out, advancing Lopez to second base. A groundout to the second baseman ended the inning, and the Comets trailed 5-1.

Regina scored two more runs in the top of the fourth on two singles and several errors.

The Comets were retired in order in the fourth on a groundout to the shortstop, a fly out to left field, and a groundout to the second baseman.

Regina did not score in the fifth, but were out one, two, three on a line out to right field, a strikeout and a pop out to the second baseman.

West Liberty also went down in order on two groundouts to second base and a strikeout.

In the top of the sixth Regina scored two more runs. Becker came in to pitch for the Comets in the sixth inning. He struck out the first batter, then a batter reached on an error. The next batter also reached on an error, then both advanced on a wild pitch. A single scored two runs for Regina. The Comets got another out on a pop out to shallow right field. The last out was another strikeout.

A pop out to the pitcher, a strikeout, and a groundout to the pitcher ended the Comets' sixth quickly.

Regina scored two runs again in the top of the seventh. The first batter was hit by a pitch. A single put runners at first and second, and a groundout to first base put runners at second and third. A single scored two runs. A fly out to Troy Heick in left field gave the Comets the second out. The next batter reached on an error, but a fly out to Daniel Jacques in center field ended further threat.

The Comets had a good offensive seventh, but it wasn't enough. Newsom led off with a single then Garcia singled to put runners at the corners. A double by Koenig scored Newsom. Garcia was tagged out at home. Mueller singled, advancing Koenig to third.

Sergio Zamora, designated hitter, singled, scoring Koenig. Mueller advanced to third base. Heick singled and advanced Zamora to third base, and Mueller scored. A single by Lopez scored Zamora for the fourth run of the inning. The next batter struck out. Jacques was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but the next batter struck out to end the game at 11-5.

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