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Comets, Mustangs share wins

Change in positioning affects turnout of game

By Brian Boyle, news editor
On April 15, 2014

  • Comet shortstop Sharrell Duncan fails to make the out against Mustangs outfielder during CCC’s game against Los Medanos College at the Softball Field on Thursday. Cody Casares / The Advocate

The Comets (5-15-1 overall, 4-10 in the Bay Valley Conference) softball team faced off against the Los Medanos Mustangs (5-28 overall, 3-15 in the BVC) and split the double header at the softball field on Thursday.
"We knew going into the game that we could beat them," third baseman Madisen William said. "Confidence was definitely why we won the second game."
The Comets lost their first game against the Mustangs 6-3, but were able to overcome the Mustangs in the second game, winning 5-3 in seven innings.
Prior to the first game, the Mustangs' coach Tim Griffith said, "My team doesn't get to sit down until they score."
Despite this declaration, the Mustangs sat down in their dugout immediately.
The Comets started off strong in their first game. First baseman Jasmyne Brice was the first Comet on base, after the Mustangs' first baseman Jibri Jenkins committed. A solid hit by catcher Kaitlyn Oshiro, who earned her first of two RBIs in the first inning, drove Brice home.
From that point the game was a series of quick outs and solid fielding by both teams. The Comets made two double plays, the first involving Brice, Oshiro and pitcher Caitlyn Bal, while the second double play came from the efforts of second baseman Sinoti Iosua and Brice.
Despite the good fielding, the Mustangs earned their seats in the fifth, when a solid single by the Mustangs' second baseman started a 3-run rally for Los Medanos. Mustang's third baseman Maleia Namauleg drove in the first RBI, while shortstop Lyrica Langlois connected with the ball to drive in two more. The Comets' gave up an additional three runs when the Mustangs' bench drove the ball deep into the field multiple times.
The Comets found themselves on the board again in the seventh inning, when Brice and Oshiro drove in two more runs, bringing the final score of the first game to 6-3, with the Mustangs victorious.
Iosua said, "We definitely could have won that first game, but they were producing the hits and we weren't."
Bal faced 32 batters in the first game, and allowed 11 hits, while only walking two of the Mustangs. Bal earned five strikeouts during the first game.
The second game was markedly different for the Comets and the Mustangs. Los Medanos committed four times the number of errors they did in the first game, while the errors by the Comets remained the same. A double by William boosted the Comets' morale.
"Hitting that double felt great," Williams said. "I was in a big slump, so that double was a huge confidence booster."
The second game was a more contentious game than the first; the comets and the Mustangs both started the game off with two scoring runs, and then traded off runs til the fourth.
In the sixth, the Comets managed to pull ahead of the Mustangs, ending the game 5-3.
The Comets' pitcher Shannon Fowler faced 33 batters with 9 hits and two walks.

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