Comets drop pair to St. Louis Community College

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Matt Resnick/Daily Mail/ Comets center fielder and two-hole hitter, Kaitlyn Hill, zeroes in on a pitch, during Saturday's doubleheader against the St. Louis Community College Archers.

Nevada Daily Mail

The tough times continued for the Cottey Comets softball team Saturday at home, as they were defeated twice by the St. Louis Community College Archers in a Region 16 matchup, 10-3 in seven innings, and 12-2 in five innings.

With the pair of losses, Cottey falls to 0-18.

Game 1

The Comets and starting pitcher Sammie Batchelder kept the game close early, as they trailed 1-0 heading into the top of the third.

However, the Archers plated two in the third inning to go on top 3-0. St. Louis was threatening for more, until Comets catcher Alyssa Jones gunned down a runner at third base, ending the top half of the inning.

With one out in the bottom of third inning, left fielder Donna Cesar was hit by a pitch. Cottey's next batter, Ciera Wong, reached base on an infield single, and then advanced to second base on a throwing error, while Cesar moved up to third.

With runners now in scoring position, freshman Kaitlyn Hill singled sharply into right-center field, scoring Cesar to cut the Archers lead to 3-1. During the play, Wong was tagged out in a rundown between third base and home plate.

In the top of the fourth inning, the Comets nearly turned a double play, but first baseman Tara Holland, was unable to secure the ball.

Still trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Batchelder and third baseman Shirley Arreola-Kern, both reached base, but were stranded.

The Archers broke the game open in the top of the fifth inning, as four runners came around to score, giving St. Louis a 7-1 cushion.

The Archers added two more runs in the top of the sixth inning, grabbing a 9-1 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, Holland reached on an infield single, and would later come around to score via a St. Louis throwing error, making the score 9-2.

Both teams scored a run in the seventh inning, with Cottey's coming courtesy of a Jones solo-home run over the left field wall.

Weather woes

The Comets Sunday home contest against Ecclesia College was rained out.

Cottey's Tuesday home game against Mineral Area Community College has been postponed due to field conditions, with no makeup date set.

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