NASELLE — Carson Bergeson delivered the game-ending hit to give the Comets a 5-4 win over the Oakville Acorns on April 18. With runners on first and second and nobody out, Bergeson hit a first-pitch curveball to right-center off Sean Adams. Cole Dorman came around third and slid home to beat the throw to the plate.
Adams, on in relief of Alex Youckton, struck out five straight Comets at one point, including Bergeson in the fifth. “He threw five curves out of six pitches (in the fifth-inning at bat),” Bergeson said after the game. Next time up, “I knew a curve was coming and let it get deep in the strike zone and drove it to the opposite side, which is where you want to hit it to score a runner from second.”
Donny Edwards pitched the Comets’ first complete game of the season, striking out eleven and walking only one. His only real misstep was his three balks, two of which brought in Oakville runs. Acorn batters flailed at Edwards’ slider. Edwards also got strikes with his two-seam fastball, which cut over the inside corner to right-handers.
“I tried my four-seam fastball early, but I didn’t hit my spots,” Edwards said. “I went to my two-seamer, and it cut back across the plate. But the slider was definitely my best pitch.” “He did great. He hit the spots I called,” added Bergeson, the catcher. “The slider was very good. I think he only threw three balls with it all day.”
Bergeson got the Comets on the board in the first with a single that brought home Edwards. In the top of the fourth, with one out and the Comets clinging to a 1-0 lead, Oakville’s Sean Adams got a hit to center field and tried to stretch it into a double. Brian Smith got to the ball quickly, fielding it on a hop, and fired to second to get Adams.
In the bottom of the inning Ethan Lindstrom caught up to Youckton’s high fastball and ripped a line drive, two-RBI single up the middle for a 3-0 lead.
The Acorns scored two runs in the fifth, one on a balk by Edwards. Adams walked Scrabek to lead off the bottom of the inning. Though Adams struck out the next three batters, Scrabek scored a crucial run. Scrabek stole second, then advanced on a wild pitch and came home on the catcher’s errant throw to third.
The Acorns tied it with two more runs in the sixth, benefiting from two errors and two balks. Bergeson threw out a runner stealing to limit the damage. Edwards went back out for the seventh and retired the side in just eight pitches, striking out two. That kept the game tied and allowed the Comets to win in the bottom of the inning.
Edwards gave up six hits in seven innings. At the plate he was three for three. His sixth-inning double to deep center broke Adams’ streak of five straight strikeouts. Bergeson went two for four. Adams was almost the only Acorn hitter to make solid contact against Edwards, going three for three.
NASELLE — The Comets swept a double-header against Twin Valley 22-8 and 17-1 in a pair of five inning games on April 21.
In game one, Cole Dorman struck out the side in the first, getting Wolfpack hitters looking at his curveball. In the bottom of the inning the Comets took advantage of walks and hit batters to score seven runs.
Dorman went three innings, striking out five and allowing two runs, one earned. He left with a 16-2 lead. The Comets departed from their regular pitching rotation and got some innings for outfielder Josh Townsend. Townsend was wild before settling in; he allowed six runs but struck out four in two innings. Jacob Scrabek was two for three with a triple for Naselle.
In the second game, the Comets scored 14 runs in the second inning on their way to a five-inning 17-1 win. Donny Edwards got the win, allowing one run in three innings. Ethan Lindstrom worked the final two innings. Lindstrom went two for three at the plate. Kyle Wirkkala was one for two with a triple off the bench.