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Storm neuters Comet lead

Baseball team remains in last place after loss

By Ryan Margason, staff writer
On April 8, 2014

  • Quick fielding by Storm first baseman Ignacio Diaz keeps Comet outfielder Brandon Brown languishing at first base during CCC’s game against Napa Valley College at the Baseball Field on March 27. The Storm won, 10-4. Qing Huang / The Advocate
  • Comet baseball coach Marvin Webb hands the ball over to Comet pitcher William Donaldson during CCC’s game against Napa Valley College on the Baseball Field on March 27. Qing Huang / The Advocate

A two-run homer by Storm outfielder Randy Keen in the fourth inning lifted Napa Valley College (9-15 overall, 5-4 in the Bay Valley Conference) to a 10-4 win over Contra Costa College on the Baseball Field Thursday.
The Comets blew a two-run lead in the fourth to remain tied for last place in the BVC.
The Comets (6-17 overall, 3-6 BVC) had a rough day Thursday. Sophomore starting pitcher Dominic Quilici went 6 2/3 innings allowing nine hits, eight runs and five earned runs.
The first two runs of the game came in the top of the first. NVC freshman Cameron Taylor hit a RBI double to drive in freshman outfielder Andrew Wheat. Sophomore second baseman Rupert Watson also hit a single, then Taylor scored on a wild pitch.
Napa Valley starting pitcher Alex Fernandez went 7 2/3 innings allowing 10 hits, four runs, all earned, while striking out four.
"We had great starting pitching and good defense today," Storm baseball coach Bob Freschi said. "We played a wiffle ball game to get ready for this game (because of the rain)."
The Comets first run was driven in by sophomore outfielder Tyrone Bowie. Bowie hit a double in the bottom of the first inning, bringing home sophomore designated hitter Lamar Smith. NVC led the Comets 2-1 at the start of the second.
"I came prepared for the game mentally and physically," Smith said.
In the bottom of the third inning, Bowie hit a single to drive in sophomore first baseman Byron Buckley to start off the Comet three-run inning.
CCC freshman outfielder Timmion Hughes hit a deep double to bring in Bowie and sophomore second baseman JR Davis, giving the Comets a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the third. This was the last time CCC scored a run during the game.
"I'm getting a lot of batting practices in and I'm reading the ball at the plate," Hughes said.
In the fourth inning NVC made the score 4-3 when freshman third baseman Cole Chait hit a RBI double to bring in Watson.
Then, with a runner on base and no outs, Keen hit his two-run homer into right center field to reclaim the lead for NVC.
An error by CCC shortstop Larry Cowart allowed NVC sophomore shortstop Jerod Moreno to make it home, bringing the score to 6-4, with Napa ahead.
"We need to play better defense and execute better," Comets' baseball coach Marvin Webb said.
In the top of the seventh inning Moreno hit a single. He then stole second and third base. Wheat then hit a sacrifice bunt to drive Moreno in.
NVC freshman infielder Ignacio Diaz scored when Comets' freshman relief pitcher Drew Donaldson balked, bringing the score to 8-4, Napa Valley College.
"We are getting more batting practice and also hitting the ball up the middle of the infield," Webb said.
In the top of the eighth, with two runners on the bags and two outs, Taylor hit a two RBI double to bring in Moreno and sophomore catcher Ryan Rudstrom. This play brought the final score to 10-4.
"I am getting ready mentally for the next game and also getting a good night rest," Smith said.
The Comets next game will be on Thursday at the Baseball Field against Yuba College (8-16 overall, 3-6 BVC). The 49ers are tied with the Comets for last place in the conference, 

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