Comets shut out Comets

Norv and Mary Coblentz · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The West Liberty Comets got shut out by the Bellevue Comets on July 1 at West Liberty, losing 13-0 in five innings.

"10 free bases, between errors and walks," West Liberty Head Coach Troy Wulf said. "That doesn't include wild pitches and passed balls. It's that simple. We didn't give ourselves a chance after the third inning. I think we made three errors and walked three or four players in that fourth inning. Nobody can compete and stay in the game that way.

"We didn't swing it bad. Early on, we swung it pretty well. We had chances to score, but Brett (Becker) didn't have his best stuff tonight, unfortunately. Now we're focused on getting ready for tournaments anyway. We've got to figure out little things to make ourselves better and give ourselves a chance."

Senior pitcher Becker allowed seven hits, but his defense left him hanging many times.

Bellevue scored two runs in the top of the first. The first batter grounded out to Tanner Mueller at shortstop. The next batter hit a bloop single to right center field. The runner stole second base, and a base on balls put runners at first and second. The next batter hit into a fielder's choice but an error allowed the runner to reach first safely, and a run scored. The runners advanced on a passed ball, then a groundout scored another run. Becker struck the next batter out, looking, for the third out.

Mueller led off with a single to right center field. The next batter struck out. Becker singled to left field to put two runners on. Sergio Zamora hit into a fielder's choice, and Mueller was out at third base. Becker took third base on the throw to first. Zamora was safe at first on a bad throw. The next batter bounced out to second base, leaving two West Liberty Comets on the bags.

There was no score in the second inning. The first batter for Bellevue was hit by a pitch. He was sacrificed to second base. The next batter hit into a fielder's choice, and Bryce Esmoil made the tag at third for the second out. An infield single put runners at the corners. Becker picked off the runner at third base with a fast throw to Esmoil for the third out.

The first two West Liberty batters in the bottom of the second struck out. Noah Feldman reached on an error, but he was left on base when the next batter also struck out.

Bellevue scored an additional two runs in the top of the third. The first batter drew a base on balls. The runner stole second base and advanced to third on a passed ball. Another walk put runners at the corners. The next batter flied out to Austin Newton in right field for the first out. Two runners were now in scoring position. A fielder's choice resulted in an out at home plate. A single to right field scored two runs. An infield single put runners at first and second. Becker struck out the next batter, looking, to bring up the West Liberty third.

A groundout, a strikeout and another groundout made short work of West Liberty in their half of the third.

The fourth inning was disastrous for West Liberty. A walk and a double put runners at second and third. A sacrifice bunt and a missed tag scored a run and put runners at the corners. Two more runs scored on a double to right field. The runner advanced to third base on a bad throw, then scored on a wild pitch. A single to left field was followed by a batter reaching on an error. The runners advanced on a wild pitch, then the Comets threw home on a fielder's choice, but all runners were safe. A run scored, and there were runners at the corners. The next batter popped out to second base for the first out of the inning. Another Bellevue batter reached on a West Liberty error, and the sixth run of the inning scored. The next batter bounced out to second for the second out. Another batter reached on an error, and a run scored. A walk loaded the bases. Two runs scored on a single to left field. The next batter grounded out to Mueller at second base to end the damage. The West Liberty Comets trailed the Comets of Bellevue 13-0.

In the bottom of the fourth, West Liberty was retired in order on two groundouts and a strikeout.

Joe Baker came in to pitch for West Liberty in the top of the fifth. The first batter grounded out to Zamora at first base. The next batter was hit by the ball. A groundout to second and a groundout to Becker at shortstop ended the top of the inning.

West Liberty batted three bench players in the bottom of the fifth. The first two struck out, and the third grounded out to end the game with a 13-0 loss.
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