Mariners shift in play halts opportunities
Comet first baseman Byron Buckley misses the ball as a Mariners outfielder slides into first base during CCC’s game agaisnt College of Marin on the Baseball Field on Thursday. The Comets fell to the Mariners, 3-1. Qing Huang / The Advocate
A 10th inning tag-out at home plate via a laser throw from College of Marin right fielder Ben Shea to catcher Brian Bostjancic kept Contra Costa College from scoring the winning run on Thursday at the baseball field.
Then Mariners pitcher Steven Nagy's RBI single gave his team a 2-1 lead in the 12th and the Mariners would defeat the Comes 3-1.
CCC's record dropped to 5-9 in the Bay Valley Conference play while Marin's record climbed to 10-4 in conference.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th, a pitching change would see Nagy out and Steven Baker in.
Baker walked the Comets' lead off hitter Brandon Brown. Brown would steal second on Jihan Weisner's at bat and advance to third after Weisner hit into a fielders choice. With one out in the inning, Even Ray got out on a fly ball fielded by Shea, whose throw from the outfield would beat Brown to the plate.
CCC coach Marvin Webb said his team competed and had great drive but that big defensive play for the Mariners shifted momentum in favor of the Mariners.
"It had to have been. We would've won the game if he (Shea) hadn't (made the play)," Webb said.
Despite three errors, the Mariners were able to keep the Comets from scoring more than one run.
"We didn't play the best, but it is important to win on the days when things aren't going your way." Shea said.
Comets biggest opportunity to score came in the third inning. A leadoff single by Weisner and subsequent single by Rays would put two runners on.
Lamar Smith would reach on an error loading the bases with no outs. A sacrifice RBI by Byron Buckley would be the Comets' only run in the game. J.R. Davis would hit into a double play.
"We couldn't make the clutch play", Comets' pitcher Dominic Quilici said. "We did a good job of getting runners on, but we couldn't get them in for a run."
Working 11 innings Quilici was on point, allowing five hits one earned run, and three walks.
"Dom was great." Comets' relief pitcher Christian Suarez said. "He put the team on his back."
Nagy with a similar performance-going 10 innings with six hits and one run, held the Comets in check for most of the game.
"It was a dog fight." Nagy said.
The Comets will visit the Mariners for the final game of their series on Saturday.
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