After a brief three-game winning streak, the Comets struggled to win, and that trend continued Thursday afternoon in San Pablo when they were defeated by Napa Valley College with a final score of 12- 7.
“That’s how baseball is, sometimes the cookie crumbles like that,” Comets catcher William Robison said.
From the start, players, coaches and fans huddled together as strong winds swept across the pitch and the stands. The pines just beyond the outfield fence could be seen swaying back and forth, players’ shirts were constantly waving violently, and a relief pitcher had his hat stolen as he ran for a shot. warm up.
Throughout the game, the Comets hitters repeatedly made solid contact only to hit the ball directly at the Napa Valley College defenders or get them to make spectacular plays.
“I remember probably five of our online workouts directly on someone on their team,” Comets head coach Brian Guinn said.
Napa Valley College took an early lead in the first inning, but were only allowed a single run when Comets starting pitcher Chun Hao Lin forced a double-play ball to fix the issues.
In the top of the third inning, Napa Valley College scored three more runs on three singles and a double to go along with a slap batter and sacrifice fly, making it 4-0.
“A lot of their (Napa Valley College) hits came in, but you have to give them credit because they swung the bats pretty well,” Guinn noted.
The Napa Valley College bats stayed hot in the first half of the fourth inning. After an opening walk, they stacked two more doubles that bounced high off the left field wall and made it 5-0. Napa Valley College player AJ McMahon went 8-0 in the same inning, which hit a three-point shot that bounced off the scoreboard into right field.
After the home run, there was a controversial play in which Napa Valley College player Wyatt Dorman hit a ball that landed very close to the foul line. Dorman ended up being credited with a triple and was chosen by Tyler Crudo to make it 9-0.
“It looked awful to me and I was standing in line with the foul post, but the line is hard to see when the sun goes down,” Guinn said.
In the top of the sixth inning, the Comets defense made their fourth double play of the game, which collectively kept the score from getting further out of reach.
After two Comets batters were hit back-to-back with pitches in the seventh inning, the next two batters reached first base on balls, walking into a run. Rahmel Hinkle then cleared the net with a triple before William Robison lined up a double that scored another run, making it 9-6.
“We fought back, fought back and proved we could score five runs in one inning,” Comets player Keith Whitaker said. Robison added: “We just need to start this sooner.”
After holding the Storm until their first inning without a baserunner in the eighth and then getting a first single himself, the Comets’ momentum crumbled and the score remained the same heading into the final frame.
The Storm would then earn three insurance runs in the ninth inning and virtually crush any hopes of a Comets comeback. However, the Comets didn’t go down without a try: they scored one more run and their final batter, Hiram Aviles, lasted about five minutes at home plate as he fouled on pitch after pitch.
“They fought until the last out,” Guinn said.
“I think we can bounce back. I know we are a good team, we just have to keep fighting,” added Whitaker.
After Thursday’s game, the Comets traveled to Napa to complete the three-game series with the Storm, where they lost 13-10 yesterday.
The Comets’ shooting becomes a concern for the team, as they haven’t been able to contain an opponent under double-digit scores during the six-game losing streak.
“They just need to hit their runs and let the defense play, but a lot of their throws in the corners got hit as well,” Robison said.
Contra Costa College now sits bottom of the Bay Valley Conference standings in eighth place with a 3-22 overall record. The Comets are yet to win a conference game in their first five attempts.
“We have to forget the past and have a short memory,” said Comets player Ivory Jones.
Moving forward, the Comets begin a series at Solano College on Tuesday, March 29. The Solano College team currently holds a 5-16 overall record and is 2-3 in Bay Valley conference play.
The Comets will be looking to claim their first road win this season after losing their first eleven away games.
“They are going to have good days and bad days. As long as they give a hundred percent effort, I’m happy with them,” Guinn said.