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Gladiators trample Comets 5-4, 10-4

By Brian Boyle, news editor
On February 17, 2014

HAYWARD - The Comets' softball team (0-2 overall, 0-0 in the Bay Valley Conference) struggled to find its footing against the Chabot College Gladiators (2-2 overall, 0-0 in the Coast-North Conference), losing 5-4, and 10-4 against the Gladiators in a doubleheader on Feb. 4.
The Comets' first game was a very close 5-4 contest, which came down to a single strike in the 7th inning, which Comet pitcher Caitlyn Bal was unable to secure.
After the first game, Contra Costa College's softball coach Karolyn Gubbine said, "This was a tough loss."
CCC errors would lead to a six-run pounding in the second contest.
Taking the field for their second game, the Comets and the Gladiators both looked like completely different teams compared to the first.
"We brought the bats a lot sooner in the second game," Gladiators' softball coach Ashley Lokey said.
On the field, the Comets fell apart during the second game.
"I think the pressure just got to some of the girls," right fielder Elvira Figueroa said.
Multiple errors along the Comets' third baseline cost the Comets dearly, and allowed the Gladiators to race home throughout both games.
Slow responses by the Comets' infield allowed the Gladiators to end up on base more than the quality of the Gladiators' batters did.
Comet left fielder Liliana Reyes hit a single against Chabot's pitcher Jessica Rich to start game two.
Reyes' hit would turn into the first run scored during the second game, when the Comets' catcher Kaitlyn Oshiro bunted to earn two runs for the Comets.
These two runs would be the only runs the Comets scored for the first four innings of the second game.
Chabot, however, was much more aggressive and successful at the plate.
Comets' pitcher Shannon Fowler allowed 14 hits in the first two innings. Two of those hits were doubles by Chabot shortstop Ashley Tarango and Rich, respectively. Chabot was able to turn those 14 hits into nine runs against Fowler.
Gubbine made the call to pull Fowler at the end of the second, replacing her on the mound with Bal, who pitched in the first game.
During the third inning, Chabot managed three hits against Bal, which resulted in one more run for the Gladiators bringing the score to 10-2.
Reyes would earn the Comets' third run of the game at the top of the fifth inning. Streater would earn the Comets final run in the top of the seventh. Though neither of these runs could begin to make up for the eight-run deficit the Gladiators had already created.
Gubbine said, "I'm not upset with the loss. All and all I'm happy with it. We're exactly where we should be at this point." 

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