Comets win in extra-innings to salvage DH split against Indians
Press Staff Report
WAUKON — After suffering a heart-breaking loss in the first game of Monday’s baseball doubleheader against Waukon, the Charles City Comets responded with an extra-innings victory to salvage a split against their Northeast Iowa Conference rivals.
In the first game, the Indians rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull off a come-from-behind 5-4 victory.
Perhaps smarting from such a tough loss, the Comets jumped out to a 4-0 lead after batting in their top half of the first in the second game.
Waukon eventually tied the game at 5-5, but didn’t score again for the remainder of the contest due to an outstanding relief performance from Comet sophomore southpaw Lincoln Joslin.
Joslin got the win after pitching six innings of two-hit shutout baseball, which included pitching out of one-out, bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning, and then securing the 6-5 win after the Comets scored in the ninth with a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom half of the frame.
Charles City finally broke the tie with Colton Crooks’ RBI single that chased home Ryan Kvernevig, who led off the ninth with a double.
Tino Tamayo, who also pitched well for the Comets in a starting role in the first game, had four hits on the night.
Kayden Blunt, Charles City’s starter in the second game, had 3 RBIs in the DH.
The split adjusted Charles City’s records to 9-15 overall and 8-12 in the NEIC; and Waukon’s to 13-16 and 7-13.