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Chickasaws roll over Comets twice in DH sweep

Chickasaws roll over Comets twice in DH sweep
Press photo by John Burbridge
New Hampton senior Ben Gilbert arrives about the same time the ball gets to Charles City catcher Carter Cajthaml, yet manages to slip by while safely scoring a run during the Chickasaws’ doubleheader sweep of the Comets.

By John Burbridge

CHARLES CITY — The New Hampton Chickasaws scored early and often during both ends of their road Northeast Iowa Conference baseball doubleheader against Charles City on Thursday.

As a result, NH scored a pair of five-inning victories by scores of 10-0 and 15-1 that was over before the stars came out.

New Hampton scored 5 runs in the first inning of the first game to set the tone for the night.

In the nightcap, the Chickasaws scored 3 in the first and 6 in the second before taking a 14-0 lead through three-and-a-half innings.

Playing for a little pride, the Comets finally put together some hits in the bottom of the fifth inning in the second game to avoid the shutout.

What hampered the Comets throughout the night was their defense as they were charged with five errors in the first game and seven in the second.

The Chickasaws did earn some of their runs, especially in the second game where multiple NH hitters had multiple hits.

Leadoff hitter Jaxon Eckley got on base five times with a pair of walks and three singles, and scored 4 runs.

Senior Kael Meyers, who pitched in both games, also reached five times — but his passage was more painful as he got hit by a pitch three times to go with his two singles.

Chickasaw middle infielder Ben Gilbert had three hits, and senior Ty Robinson had a pair of 2-RBI singles for New Hampton (3-1).

Charles City freshman Carter Cajthaml maintained his early season high on-base percentage while reaching base twice in both of the games while recording a hit in both games.

Comet sophomore Holden McInroy went 1 for 3 with his team’s lone RBI in the second game.

The Comets (0-3) will be back in action on Tuesday (May 28) for a doubleheader against Waverly-Shell Rock at Wartburg College.

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