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Comet errors result in loss

Stolen bases by LMC provides necessary runs

By Shawn Whatley, staff writer
On April 26, 2014

  • Comet first baseman Byron Buckley loses control of the ball as a Mustang outfielder runs into first base during CCC’s game against Los Medanos College on the Baseball Field on Thursday. The Comets fell 8-2 to the Mustangs. Qing Huang / The Advocate

After losing two extra inning games earlier in the season to Los Medanos College, the Comets struggled to score in their final game against LMC Thursday.
CCC (5-13 in Bay Valley Conference), fell 8-2 to LMC (12-6 in BVC) in a windy conference game to sweep the series.
"It's been a tough series," Comets' outfielder Lamar Smith said. "We just got outplayed."
The Comet defense had trouble throughout the game, allowing nine stolen bases and committing six errors.
"The pitcher's arm was slow and the catcher's arm was sore, and they were able to capitalize on our weakness," CCC coach Marvin Webb said. Comet pitcher Philip Chavez walked Mustang shortstop Ryan Lacey, who then stole second on a 3-2 count. Mustang outfielder Matt Jacobson then advanced to second off a hit by Mustang's first baseman Ryan Welsh. Jacobson went on to steal third base on a 1-2 pitch count to bring Lacy home.
LMC coach Anthony D'Albora said that the running ability of a handful of players allowed his team to put pressure on the Comet defense.
"The wind had an effect on the game and that aggressive strategy worked out in our favor," D'Albora said. "The ball wasn't going anywhere."
LMC was able to take the lead early, scoring two runs in the first inning via an RBI single by Mustangs' first baseman Ryan Welsh and another RBI single by Mustangs' third baseman Steven Otaguro.
The Comets put a run on the board in the second inning. CCC third basemen Timmion Hughes got on base due to an error by Welsh. Before scoring, he advanced to third base on a single hit by Comets' shortstop Jihan Weisner. From third Hughes capitalized on a wild pitch and scored a run cutting LMC's lead 2-1.
Right fielder Even Ray's RBI single in the sixth would be CCC's only earned run during the game.
"We were swinging the bats well, but anything that got hit in the air was being caught," Smith said.
Chavez had a rough game. He pitched six innings, allowing eight hits, five runs, two earned runs and issuing five walks. His Mustang counterpart Ben Polansky fared much better. He pitched all nine innings allowing eight hits, two runs and two walks.
Losing the previous extra inning games to LMC took a lot out of the team, Smith said.
"It's demoralizing, but we've got to keep playing."
The Comets will play their last three games at Mendocino College starting Tuesday. 

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