Tough luck baseball

Norv and Mary Coblentz · Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The Comets were 10-runned on the road June 19 in six innings. The score was 10-0 against a very solid Monticello team.

The only other game the Comets had scheduled for the (newspaper) week was against North Cedar. The Comets were winning, but the game was postponed because of lightning.

"We played okay for five innings," West Liberty Head Coach Troy Wulf said. "We fell apart in the sixth. I expect them to bounce back again Thursday night and again Saturday."

The Comets didn't have a baserunner in the game, but they had some nice defense at times. In the top of the first, the Comets had two strikeouts and a groundout.

In the bottom of the inning, the first batter hit a line drive to second baseman Will Esmoil for the first out. The next batter reached on an error but was caught stealing, catcher Jackson Gingerich to shortstop A.J. Lenz for the second out.

The next batter singled, but a groundout to Lenz who throw to Race Oepping for the third out.

The Comets were retired on a groundout, a fly out, and another groundout in the top of the second. The first Monticello batter flied out to Comets center fielder Michael Hartman.

The next batter grounded out to pitcher Justis Dengler who threw to Oepping for the out. Dengler got a strikeout to end the inning.

Two groundouts and a strikeout ended the top of the third for the Comets. In the bottom of the inning, the first batter bunted, Dengler fielded it and threw to Oepping at first for the out.

A single and an error put two runners on base. The next batter hit into a fielder's choice. S. Feldman at third fielded the ball and threw to Gingerich at catcher for the tag out. A hit batsman loaded the bases. S. Feldman made an unassisted out at third and threw to second baseman Will Esmoil for the third out of the half-inning.

A line out, a strikeout, and another line out was the fourth for the Comets. Monticello scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Monticello scored on two walks, three errors, and a single. Dengler got a strikeout, a runner was caught stealing, and the last out was a fly out to Joe Baker in right field.

A ground out, a fly out, and a strike out ended the Comets' half of the fifth. In the bottom of the fifth, Monticello scored one run. The first batter singled. The next batter hit into a fielder's choice. Will Esmoil fielded the ball and threw to shortstop A.J. Lenz at second for the force out.

A double scored a run. The next batter walked. A double play ended the inning. A runner was forced out at third by Dengler (now at third) and then Dengler threw to Oepping at first for the third out.

A strikeout, a pop out, and a fly out was the sixth inning for the Comets. Monticello scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game. A walk and a single put two runners on bases. The next batter hit into a fielder's choice.

Esmoil fielded the ball and threw to Lenz covering second for the force out. A double scored two runs. The next batter walked. A single scored a run. The next batter flied out to Baker in center field. The final three runs came on a flurry of errors by the Comets.

"We played well," Monticello Head Coach Josh Soper said. "Our guys wanted to come out and start the week right, and we certainly did that.

"Their pitcher (Dengler) did a nice job of keeping us off balance. I thought the second time through we were going to start connecting because we have a good-hitting team, but obviously, it took the third time through."

1 2 3 4 5 6 R

West Liberty 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Monticello 0 0 0 3 1 6 10

West Liberty stats: The (3-12) Comets had no hits or walks against Monticello's 12-4 team. Justis Dengler pitched 4 1/3 innings and took the loss for the Comets. He gave up four runs, one earned, on five hits. He walked two and struck out two. Michael Hartman pitched 1 2/3 innings. He gave up seven runs, three earned, on three hits. He walked three.

Monticello stats: Gavin Cooper 3-4, 1 RBI; Kyle Sperfslage 1-3, 1 run, 1 walk; Jacob Manternach 2-3, 1 run, 1 double, 2 RBIs; Ryan Manternach 1-3, 1 run, 1 walk; Kegan Anduser 2 runs, 1 walk; Tyler Hospodarsky 2-2, 1 run, 1 EGI, 1 stolen base, 1 walk. Pitching: Ryan Manternach pitched six hitless, scoreless innings and got the win. He walked zero and struck out six.
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