OCOSTA — Sometimes it seems like you just can’t win for losing. Naselle lost their only two seniors due to a senior project conflict and then the young Comets dropped an 11-1 Pacific 2B League game at Ocosta Friday, April 29 that eliminated them from post-season action for 2011.

In the second game, a non-league encounter, four young Naselle hurlers combined for a no-hitter and struck out a combined 15 Wildcat batters, but still lost 2-0 when four straight walks and a hit batsman gave Ocosta two second-inning runs, good for the win.

In the lid-lifter, Naselle was the home team as the game was moved to the dryer confines of Gar Field. Ocosta got on the board with an unearned run in the second inning and the Comets fired back to tie 1-1 with a double by Trevin Leeland and a long RBI-triple to the fence by Dustin Eaton. The Wildcats scored a pair of unearned runs in the third frame, and then plated eight tallies, only two of which were earned in the fourth to go up 11-1. When Naselle couldn’t score in the final two innings the game was called by mercy rule.

The Comets only other hit in the opener was by Nick Zimmerman. He collected Naselle’s only two safeties in the nightcap, as well. “We just couldn’t keep away from giving up the big inning this year,” coach Pete Donlon lamented. “Ocosta did some timely hitting, but our four errors just compounded the damage. Sam Scrabeck pitched well and Nick Strange came in and shut them down in the first game and three of our four pitchers were lights-out in the second game, but then we didn’t hit as a team.”

Donlon had praise for David Blaylock in centerfield, saying he caught five fly balls, and Chris Walkowiak at second base and catcher Paul de Montaudouin for their excellent defensive play in the opener. “When you lose both of your seniors and they are your starting pitcher and centerfielder, you have to start moving everyone around and against a good team like Ocosta it makes it tough to win,” Donlon said.

In the second game Leeland struck out eight of the nine Wildcats he faced and Greenfield and Nick Zimmerman also threw goose eggs for the Comets. Jake Williams at second, and the outfield of Robert Eaton in left, Calvin Zimmerman in center, and Adam Jordan in right field played air-tight defense according to Donlon. Strange didn’t allow a hit in his inning and two-thirds of work in game one.

Naselle is now 5-4 in the Pacific 2B League, but Ocosta and Northwest Christian finish with 7-3 records and North Beach is 7-1 and has also clinched one of three district berths. The Comets are 6-9 overall with a league contest and non-leaguer with North Beach remaining. “When you throw a no-hitter and lose, that pretty much sums up how it’s been for us this season,” Donlon concluded.

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