Comets split baseball DH with Go-Hawks

Press photo by John Burbridge Charles City leadoff hitter Theo Arndt gets hit by the first pitch he sees during Wednesday’s Northeast Iowa Conference doubleheader against Waverly-Shell Rock. Arndt later got hit by the second pitch thrown to him during the first game, but managed to shake it off enough to pitch a complete-game victory.
Press photo by John Burbridge
Charles City leadoff hitter Theo Arndt gets hit by the first pitch he sees during Wednesday’s Northeast Iowa Conference doubleheader against Waverly-Shell Rock. Arndt later got hit by the second pitch thrown to him during the first game, but managed to shake it off enough to pitch a complete-game victory.
By John Burbridge sports@charlescitypress.com

WAVERLY — Let’s see.

There are rally monkeys … rally squirrels … rally geese … and let’s not forget no-hit eagles.

And just when the Charles City Comets needed it the most, out hops onto the artificial playing surface at Wartburg College’s Hertel Field a rally rabbit.

It took several minutes to track down the animal — or rather direct it to the nearest exit — before play of the second game of Wednesday’s Northeast Iowa Conference baseball doubleheader between Charles City and Waverly-Shell Rock could resume.

The comical delay involving yet another non-paying critter at a baseball game seemed like a good omen for the Comets, who were trailing 6-0 at the time. But the rabbit couldn’t produce — or reproduce­— the luck Charles City needed.

Though the Comets did impose a bases-loaded threat in the sixth inning after the rabbit’s appearance, they couldn’t find enough holes … let alone rabbit holes … with their balls batted in play and only scored one run on way to losing the nightcap, 7-1.

But beforehand, the Comets managed to get a win over the Class 3A No. 10-ranked Go-Hawks on their home field.

In the first game, Charles City senior Theo Arndt pitched his best game of the season while scattering four hits and striking out five in the Comets 5-1 win.

Cole Reams and Jace Cajthami had two hits apiece for the Comets in the first game.

Though the doubleheader was played at Hertel Field, Charles City was the home team. The DH was originally to take place at Sportsmen’s Park but had to be relocated due to flooding caused by the recent storms.

For Arndt, who had two hits in the second game, Hertel Field will be his home field next spring as he will continue his baseball career at Wartburg College.

Battery mate Dylan Salinas will also play for the Knights next spring.

Salinas had doubles in both games of the doubleheader for the Comets, who are now 6-6 and 3-4 in the NEIC.

Kurby Vowels was the winning pitcher in the second game for W-SR after scattering seven hits in six innings.

Leadoff hitter Ryan Willis had two hits in both games for the Go-Hawks (15-4, 7-2).

Game One

CHARLES CITY 5, WAVERLY-SHELL ROCK 1

WSR   AB  R  H BI  CC         AB  R  H BI

Ryan Willis           3  0  2  0  Theo Arndt           2  0  0  0

Payton Leonard  4  0  0  0  Colton Slinger        2  0  0  1

Luke Willis           3  0  0  0  Cole  Reams         4  1  2  1

Carson Kallenberger  2  1  0  0  Dylan Salinas 4  0  1  1

Brady Leonard   2  0  0  0  Jace  Cajthaml        3  1  2  0

Kaden Dewey         2  0  1  0  Tait Arndt            3  0  0  0

Jeremy Chaplin   3  0  1  1  Wyatt  Stevenson  2  1  1  0

Carter Langreck 2  0  0  0  Noah Schlader       2  0  0  0

Tyler Doehmann  1  0  0  0  Elliott Sinwell       2  0  0  0

Connor Havlovic   3  0  0  0  *Ben Miller           0  1  0  0

                                            *Atticus Parrott      0  1  0  0

TOTALS          25  1  4  1  TOTALS               24  5  6  3

WAVERLY-SHELL ROCK            000 100 0 — 1

CHARLES CITY                  110 030 x — 5

LOB–WAVERLY-SHELL ROCK 7, CHARLES CITY 8. ERR–Payton Leonard, Carter Langreck, Luke Willis. 2B–Dylan Salinas. HBP–Ryan Willis, Carson Kallenberger, Colton Slinger, Theo

Arndt (2). SB–Ryan Willis (2), Colton Slinger, Theo Arndt(2).

WSR IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR

Payton Leonard                 5.00    6    5    4    4    3    0

Malcolm Newell                 1.00    0    0    0    0    0    0

CHARLES CITY               

Theo Arndt                     7.00    4    1    1    2    5    0

PB–Carter Langreck (3), Dylan Salinas. WP–Payton Leonard,Theo Arndt. SO–Carson Kallenberger, Connor Havlovic, CarterLangreck, Jeremy Chaplin, Tyler Doehmann, Tait Arndt (2), Wyatt  Stevenson. BB–Brady Leonard, Kaden Dewey, Noah Schlader, Colton Slinger, Elliott Sinwell, Wyatt  Stevenson.

Game Two

WAVERLY-SHELL ROCK 7, CHARLES CITY 1

WSR   AB  R  H BI  CC         AB  R  H BI

Ryan Willis           4  2  2  1  Theo Arndt            4  0  2  1

Payton Leonard  2  0  1  1  Colton Slinger        4  0  1  0

Luke Willis         2  0  0  1  Cole  Reams           4  0  1  0

Carson Kallenberger 4  0  0  0  Dylan Salinas  3  0  1  0

Brady Leonard   4  0  0  0  Jace  Cajthaml        3  0  0  0

Kaden Dewey         4  1  1  0  Tait Arndt            4  0  2  0

Jeremy Chaplin 3  1  2  0  Wyatt  Stevenson    4  0  0  0

Jacob Chaplin 1  0  0  0  Noah Schlader         3  0  0  0

Carter Langreck    3  2  1  1  Elliott Sinwell       3  0  1  0

Connor Havlovic     3  1  0  0  *JJ Ritter            0  1  0  0

TOTALS        30  7  7  4  TOTALS               32  1  8  1

WAVERLY-SHELL ROCK            120 301 0 — 7

CHARLES CITY                  000 001 0 — 1

LOB–WAVERLY-SHELL ROCK 7, CHARLES CITY 12. ERR–Carson Kallenberger, Connor Havlovic, Luke Willis, Noah Schlader, jace  Cajthaml (2), Wyatt  Stevenson (2), Cole  Reams. 2B–Ryan Willis, Carter Langreck, Dylan Salinas. SACF–Luke Willis. SACB–Payton Leonard (2). SB–Ryan Willis, Jeremy Chaplin, Luke Willis, Kaden Dewey (2), Theo Arndt, Cole Reams.

WSR               IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR

Kurby Vowels                   6.00    7    1    0    2    5    0

Luke Willis                    1.00    1    0    0    0    2    0

CHARLES CITY               

Tait Arndt                     3.00    5    6    3    1    0    0

Wyatt  Stevenson               2.33    2    0    0    1    4    0

Elliott Sinwell                1.67    0    1    0    0    1    0

PB–Dylan Salinas. WP–Tait Arndt. SO–Brady Leonard (2),Carson Kallenberger, Connor Havlovic, Kaden Dewey, Noah Schlader (2), Colton Slinger, Theo Arndt, Jace  Cajthaml(2), Wyatt  Stevenson. BB–Carter Langreck, Luke Willis, Dylan Salinas, Jace  Cajthaml.

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