CENTRALIA - The Naselle Comettes hadn't played a softball game in over two weeks and the layoff rustiness really showed in the Comettes' first game in the Southwest Washington District Tournament. The Comettes lost 12-2 in five innings to the Cathlamet Mules on Thursday.

"We made a whole bunch of errors that gave them some extra runs. We weren't sharp at all," said coach Doug Rogers.

Rogers didn't say it but the schedule imposed by the Pacific League couldn't have helped the Pacific League teams. After hurrying through their league schedule, the Pacific League teams then did nothing for two weeks before the district tournament started.

By way of contrast, the Central League teams played a four team qualifying round, with each team playing two games, the week before the district tournament started. After that warmup, the Central League teams then won all four of their games on Thursday against their Pacific League opponents.

The Comettes came back and beat their fellow Pacific League team Oakville 9-3 in their second game Thursday. That win kept the Comettes alive in the double elimination tournament. They were to play the winner of the Mossyrock-Pe Ell game at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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