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Comets drop 4th in a row in non-conference loss to Saints

Comets drop  4th in a row in non-conference loss to Saints
Press photo by John Burbridge
Charles City catcher Landon Luft throws out Saint Ansgar’s Jack Sieverts on a safety-squeeze bunt attempt during Wednesday’s non-conference game, which the Saints won 7-2.

By John Burbridge
sports@charlescitypress.com

SAINT ANSGAR — A night after a return home from Decorah breached the wee-morning hours in the wake of dropping a doubleheader to the Vikings, the Charles City Comets had another long evening during Wednesday’s non-conference baseball loss to Saint Ansgar.

It was the fourth loss in a row for the Comets, who fell under .500 overall (7-8) for the first time this season. The DH loss to Decorah capped Charles City’s Northeast Iowa Conference record at 6-6.

Charles City has one more game on its shortened regular-season schedule — a non-conference home game against Vinton-Shellsburg on Monday.

The Comets will begin postseason play next Friday (July 17) in the semifinal round of the Class 3A District 6 bracket as they will travel to face the aforementioned Vikings.

The winner from that game will face the winner of the South Tama-at-Waverly-Shell Rock semifinal on July 20 at a site and time to be determined by way of eventual final matchup.

Against the Saints, the Comets got behind early and trailed 4-0 after two innings.

The Comets rallied for 2 runs in the fifth to cut the lead in half, but the Saints put up 3 more in the sixth on the way to winning 7-2.

Comet leadoff hitter Jeremiah Chapman had two hits and drove in a run. Tait Arndt, who started and took the loss, drove in Charles City’s other run.

John May had three hits including a 2-run double, and Braden Powers had a 2-run triple for the Saints.

Tuesday’s doubleheader against Decorah was figuratively as well as literally a “walk on the wild side” as Comet pitchers issued a total of 21 bases on balls during the two games which ended in finals of 10-5 and 12-2.

Chapman, Atticus Parrott and freshman Logan Carey, who was recently inserted into the starting lineup at third base, each had three hits for the Comets during the DH.

SAINT ANSGAR 7, CHARLES CITY 2
CHARLES CITY AB R H BI SAINT ANSGAR AB R H BI

Jeremiah Chapman 4 0 2 1 Mark Williams 4 0 0 0
JJ Ritter 0 0 0 0 Adam Williams 2 2 0 1
Tait Arndt 3 0 1 1 John May 4 0 3 2
Atticus Parrott 3 0 1 0 Carter Salz 3 0 0 0
Jaxon Daniels 3 0 0 0 Ryan Cole 3 1 1 0
Tino Tamayo 3 0 1 0 Tate Mayer 2 0 0 0
Logan Carey 2 0 0 0 Cade Duckert 0 1 0 0
Colton Crooks 2 1 0 0 Braden Powers 1 1 1 2
Cael Bohlen 1 1 0 0 Jack Sievert 1 1 0 1
Justin Horgen 0 0 0 0
*Bradley Hackenmiller 0 1 0 0
TOTALS 21 2 5 2 TOTALS 20 7 5 6

CHARLES CITY 000 020 0 — 2
SAINT ANSGAR 130 003 x — 7
LOB–CHARLES CITY 9, SAINT ANSGAR 7. ERR–Cael Bohlen (3),
Atticus Parrott, Ryan Cole. 2B–John May. 3B–Braden
Powers. HBP–JJ Ritter (2), Colton Crooks, Carter Salz.
SACF–Tait Arndt. SACB–Jaxon Daniels, Atticus Parrott, Tate
Mayer, Jack Sievert, Braden Powers (2). SB–JJ Ritter,
Jeremiah Chapman, Adam Williams.
CHARLES CITY IP H R ER BB SO HR
Tait Arndt (L) 4.00 4 4 3 5 1 0
Atticus Parrott 2.00 1 3 0 2 3 0
SAINT ANSGAR
John May (W) 4.00 2 2 2 2 3 0
Carson Sparrow 0.00 1 0 0 1 0 0
Tate Mayer 3.00 2 0 0 2 0 0
PB–Landon Luft, Carter Salz. SO–Tino Tamayo, Colton
Crooks, Tait Arndt, Carter Salz, Ryan Cole (2), Mark
Williams. BB–Cael Bohlen (2), Logan Carey, JJ Ritter (2),
Cade Duckert (3), Adam Williams (2), Ryan Cole, Justin
Horgen.

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