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Comets hold off Wildcats for win

Stephanie King

In their first game back from break, the Eastern Randolph Wildcats hosted cross county foe Asheboro on Monday evening. Both teams were coming off play at the Copperhead Classic last week.

The first three innings of play went quick as neither team could bring runners across the plate. Asheboro was the first to strike in the top of the fourth inning as they brought in two runs. The Blue Comets opened with an out by Trevor Marsh, but Levi Kinney and Sam Crawford found themselves on base. Kinney scored on a wild pitch for the first run of the game. Garrett Foland got a piece of the ball and was out at first for out two, but not before Crawford crossed the plate to put the Blue Comets up 2-0. ER would end the inning with a strikeout from Logan Hamilton. The Wildcats would be forced to go three up, three down in the bottom of the inning.

Asheboro continued where they left off in the fourth as they scored another run in the top of the fifth. After an out by Austin Curry, Parker Clayton singled to center to put a runner on base. Tristan Marsh was picked off at first, but a triple from Trevor Marsh scored Clayton. Kinney would strikeout to end the inning. The Wildcats put a couple of runners on base in the bottom of the inning, but could not bring any across the plate. After five complete innings, the Blue Comets were in control 3-0.

Eastern Randolph allowed the Comets to load the bases with their first three batters. Crawford and Foland would score before the Wildcats could get the first out of the inning. Curry singled to score Carson Wright for the last run of the inning. Eastern Randolph found a way to get on the board in the bottom of the inning as they put Landon Smith and Nate Cockman on base with no outs. Colin McDaniel picked up the first out of the inning, but a single from Mason Canoy scored Smith to cut the Blue Comets lead to five. Eric Kidd loaded the bases with a single, but an out by Chase McCallum would follow. Cockman and Canoy would both score on wild throws to cut the Blue Comets lead to three. Christian Moon would strikeout for the final out of the inning. After six innings, the Blue Comets led 6-3.

Both teams would go scoreless in the seventh inning as the Blue Comets claimed a 6-3 win.

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