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Talent, speed strong within baseball team

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By Ryan Margason, staff writer
On May 1, 2014

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At first glance, the talent on the Comets' baseball team would be considered by many as mediocre. However, this is not the case. There is a lot of talent on the team. 
At the start of the season there was a lot of speculation on how the Comets' baseball team would perform.
But after the season, sitting in last place, the Comets are 6-15 in the Bay Valley Conference, and 9-26 overall. The baseball team's final batting average is .259, which is fifth in the BVC, and its on base percentage (OBP) is .313, which is last place in the conference.
Still, there were a lot of positives about the team in 2014, especially its fundamentals running the bases. The Comets finished second in the BVC this season with 49 stolen bases. However, sadly, CCC was unable to find its rhythm in the field, making 45 errors this season. Errors have kept the Comets fighting a constant uphill battle against themselves all season.
Sophomore outfielder Tyrone Bowie finished the season with a batting average of .373, which is ranked fifth in the BVC.
The Comets also have a speed-demon in freshman third baseman Timmion Hughes, who stole 15 bases, the most in the conference.
Also, there is talent with sophomore infielder JR Davis, who has 23 hits and six RBIs this season.
With a team that has improved on both offense and defense, there is hope for a much better year next season. 
The ace in the hole for the team this season was sophomore pitcher Daniel Galvez.
Galvez had an earned run average (ERA) of 3.04, with 12 strikeouts and eight walks in 50.1 innings.
There is also freshman relief pitcher Drew Donaldson. In seven innings Donaldson struck out five players, allowed two earned runs and had an ERA of 2.57, one of the best in the Comets' bullpen.
With his speed and velocity, Donaldson is already an outstanding pitcher who will only grow with talent.
With the season at a close and the Comets sitting in last place, the players will have the offseason to work on their weaknesses. One of the main issues the pitching staff has had this season is giving up a lot of walks per game.
If the pitchers can reduce their walks and get more strikeouts next season, they can become a contender in the conference. 

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