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Comets outlast Bulldogs for win

Stephanie King

It was a chilly afternoon as the SAMS Comets hosted the ATMS Bulldogs in middle school baseball action. The Comets entered the game 2-5 on the season, while the Bulldogs were 4-4.

SAMS’ defense got things going early as they forced the Bulldogs to go three up three down in the top of the first inning. In the bottom of the first, Jake Little struck out the first two batters he faced for the Bulldogs before giving up back to back singles to Tanner Marsh and Gage Miller. Marsh scored on a wild pitch to put the Comets on the board early. The Bulldogs gave a walk before getting the final out of the inning. After one complete inning, SAMS led 1-0.

The Comets opened the top of the second with an out before giving up a single down the right baseline to Jake Parks. SAMS ended the inning early with back to back outs. It was a quick bottom of the second as the Bulldogs forced the Comets to go three up three down. After two innings, SAMS continued to lead 1-0.

It was another quick inning for the Bulldogs as the Comets forced three quick outs. ATMS put a runner on base, but the Comets turned a double play to end the inning. SAMS could not get anything going in the bottom of the inning as they only got one runner on base. ATMS got back to back outs to end the inning. The Comets continued to lead 1-0 after three innings.

ATMS finally found success at the plate as Little and Landon Mowery reach base with a single and a walk with one out on the board. A wild pitch allowed both runners to advance before the Comets got the second out of the inning. Tyler Kimball drew a walk that loaded the bases before Little scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 1-1. SAMS got themselves out the inning with the final out. The Bulldogs made quick work of the Comets in the bottom of the inning by forcing them into a quick one, two, three inning. After four innings, this one was all tied up at 1 apiece.

Neither team would score in the fifth inning as both defenses had strong innings. The Bulldogs put a runner in scoring position with two outs on the board, but the runner was left stranded as the Comets got the final out of the inning. SAMS got the bats going in the bottom of the sixth as they brought four runs across the plate to secure their lead. Marsh scored off a triple from Miller to give the Comets a 2-1 lead. A triple from Josh Meadows scored Miller to push the lead to two before Meadows scored on a wild pitch. With two outs on the board, the Comets brought in one more run before the Bulldogs got themselves out the inning. After six innings, SAMS led 5-1.

SAMS picked up an out right away to start the top of the seventh before walking Evan Stepp. After a strikeout, Stepp stole second and third on a wild pitch to put a runner in scoring position for the Bulldogs. He would score off a single from Parker Kines to cut the lead to three. Mason Rich singled to put runners on first and second but both runners would be left stranded as the Comets picked up the final out of the inning. SAMS got the win 5-2 over ATMS.

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