First victory eludes squad, 8-1
Baseball team allows eight runs, scores one
The rugged and aged carpet in the Gym Annex was been replaced with linoleum tile over the winter break giving a new look to the previously dark interior. Janae Harris / The Advocate
The baseball team was defeated by the CaÃ±ada College Colts 8-1 on Friday on the Baseball Field in the season opening game.
The Comets (0-3 overall) played a doubleheader on Saturday at CaÃ±ada (3-0 overall) in San Bruno and lost both games 5-4 and 8-1.
In the opener, Comets' sophomore right-handed starting pitcher Christian Suarez pitched 5 1/3 innings giving up three walks, six hits and four runs until he was called out of the game by baseball coach Marvin Webb.
"I kept working hard on being able to finish the game," Suarez said about being pulled from the game. "But it was the right decision for the first game of the season."
CaÃ±ada's starting pitcher Sam Alton went five innings with three strikeouts, and gave up two walks, three hits and one earned run.
The Comets scored the first run of the game, but were unable to score another run for the remainder of the game.
Right fielder and sophomore Tyrone Bowie went 1-4, with one RBI and two stolen bases. Bowie hit a double to bring in second baseman and sophomore JR Davis to make the score 1-0 in the first inning.
CaÃ±ada countered when left fielder Rico Caravalho, 3-5 on the day with three RBIs, hit an RBI double to tie the game in the top of the third inning.
In the bottom of the third inning left fielder and Brandon Brown, 1-4, bunted for a single and stole a base.
Webb said, "We are going to improve little by little and game by game."
CaÃ±ada College coach Tony Lucca said, "We came out early. It was good for us that Contra Costa scored the first run. It woke us up."
As third baseman, Chris Miguel, 1-5 with two RBIs, hit a RBI double in the fourth to make the score 3-1, CaÃ±ada ahead.
As CaÃ±ada's momentum continued, center fielder Maurice Fuller, 3-5 with a single, a double and two RBIs, hit a double to bring in two runners, making the ball game 5-1 in the sixth inning.
"CaÃ±ada did more than us on offense and defense," Webb said. "We just lost our concentration in the middle of the game."
In the eighth inning, Bowie reached third once more when he was hit by pitch and then another stolen base but could not score.
"We're still learning and improving. We must annihilate our mistakes," Webb said.
CaÃ±ada's shortstop Steven Gomez, 1-5, hit a double. Fuller then hit a single, and with the bases loaded Caravalho hit a double to bring two RBIs making the score 7-1.
Bowie and Justin Myers, 1-4 with a single, both were hit by pitches during the game.
In the ninth inning CaÃ±ada's right fielder hit a leadoff triple. Then Miguel hit a 1-1 pitch for a sacrifice fly to end the scoring at 8-1 in nine innings.
The Comets were 1-6 with runners in scoring position for the day.
"We need to get rest and to eliminate mental mistakes," Webb said.
The Comets host their alumni Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on the Baseball Field.
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