Six-run rally leads Huskies past Comets 6-2
By John Burbridge
NASHUA — Many sports teams have adopted the slogan “Be More”.
For the Nashua-Plainfield baseball team, the battle cry is “Be More Obnoxious”.
The Huskies’ coaching staff literally implored its squad to do just that during N-P’s non-conference game against northern neighbor Charles City on Wednesday.
“Make noise … be obnoxious … bark … meow …”
After three scoreless innings, it sounded like a barnyard on fire on the Nashua-Plainfield home-side of the field as the Huskies rallied for 6 runs in the fourth inning before holding the Comets at bay on way to a 6-2 victory.
Freshman Tucker Franzen had three hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Huskies (4-5). He was also the winning pitcher after holding Charles City to 2 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings while striking out four and walking none.
Sam Fundermann had two hits and a run scored, and Austin Bienemann struck out five and walked none while pitching 2 1/3 innings of no-hit ball in relief.
The game started off well for the Comets when Colton Crooks singled with one out in the top of the first and advanced to third. But Crooks was left stranded.
Crooks got on base four times for Charles City, going 3 for 3 with an RBI single and being hit by a pitch.
When it comes to “hitting” things, Crooks currently is the team average leader in two ongoing high school sports. He leads the Comet baseball team with a .346 batting average based on at least 20 at-bats. Crooks also leads the Charles City/Nashua-Plainfield trapshooting team going into this weekend’s state tournament when hitting roughly 95 to 98-percent of his targets this season.
JJ Ritter drove in Charles City’s other run with a sacrifice fly.
Charles City (5-5) will travel to Dike-New Hartford on Friday before hosting the Cedar Rivers Classic on Saturday with scheduled games against Saint Ansgar (9 a.m.) and Kee (noon).