Squad fails to stop Eagles' onslaught
Comet outfielder Timmion Hughes slides into first base during CCC’s game against Mendocino College at the Baseball Field on Thursday. Qing Huang / The Advocate
Comet baseball coach Marvin Webb gets thrown out of the game by an umpire due to complaints about the ruling on a home run hit by the Eagles during CCC’s game against Mendocino College at the Baseball Field on Thursday. Qing Huang / The Advocate
Winning its final home game of the season and ending a six-game losing streak was a task that Contra Costa College's baseball team was not up to on Thursday.
The Comets (6-15 in the Bay Valley Conference) were not able to stop the Eagles in their 12-3 loss against Mendocino College (10-11 in the BVC) at the Baseball Field.
The Comets end their season in last place in the conference.
Mendocino got on the board first with an RBI double by Brett Loughlin in the first inning.
The Comets answered back in the bottom of the first inning with the Comets' second baseman JR Davis' leadoff walk.
An RBI single by Comets' outfielder Tyrone Bowie would give the speedy Davis enough time to score the run tying the game at 1-1.
An unassisted tag out by Mendocino's pitcher Raymond Kerr brought the first inning to a close.
The third inning saw Loughlin earn another RBI, via a controversial single shot home run that put Mendocino ahead 3-1. The ball was called a home run, though some of the players believed it was a foul ball. CCC remained behind the rest of the game.
"I watched (the ball) and thought it hooked foul, but I didn't really see it," Loughlin said.
Comets' designated pitch hitter Brandon Brown said, "It was a foul ball, because it didn't hit the fence."
The umpires' decision to rule the hit a home run came with verbal protest from the Comets' baseball coach Marvin Webb.
In the third inning Webb and Comets' shortstop Jihan Weisner were ejected after their dispute with the umpire.
Comets' starting pitcher Dominic Quilici was also ejected after hitting Mendocino outfielder Ben Miller in the head with a pitch in the top of the third inning.
"The pitcher was frustrated," Webb said. "He didn't hit the guy intentionally."
Quilici went 2 2/3 innings. He allowed five hits, three runs and struck out three batters before being replaced by relief pitcher Christian Suarez.
Suarez went 2 and 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and one run.
In the sixth inning, it looked as if the Comets would rally.
An RBI triple by CCC's third baseman Timmion Hughes sent Davis across the plate. An RBI by first basemen Byron Buckley brought the score to 4-3.
Kerr went eight innings allowing eight hits, three runs and striking out seven.
He had steady run support throughout the game, as Mendocino would have at least one run in every inning except for the fourth, fifth, and ninth.
Mendocino held the advantage for the entire game, with two RBIs apiece for Mendocino's second basemen Nick Agiliolo, first basemen Anthony Calton, catcher Kenny Semenko and Loughlin, which included his home run.
The Comets' bullpen struggled throughout the game. Giving up a combined six earned runs and 13 hits, they were not able to slow the Mendocino offense.
"We were jumping on the 2-0 counts early and staying ahead of their (Comets) pitchers," Loughlin said.
CCC's defense committed four errors.
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