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Comets defeat their former ace before winning 10th straight

Comets defeat their former ace before winning 10th straight
Press photo by John Burbridge
Charles City pitcher Addison Ellis takes to the pitchers’ circle with Waukon’s starting lineup in the background before the playing of the national anthem during the onset of Friday’s NEIC softball game. The Comets won their 10th straight with an 8-0 victory.

By John Burbridge

CHARLES CITY — Any poker player will tell you that a hand can’t have too many aces — though if you’re caught holding five, someone might accuse you of cheating.

Same could be said for a pitching staff. Still, an ace in hand may be worth more than two stepping over each other’s starting assignments.

Last season, the Charles City Comets softball team appeared to have a long-term ace on their hands in the form of then freshman Keely Anderegg.

Anderegg has since transferred to Osage, but lights-out eighth-grader Addison Ellis has aptly taken her spot in the pitchers’ circle.

Last Thursday, the Comets got to face their former ace when they traveled to Osage for a non-conference game.

Against her former teammates, Anderegg yielded just three hits but they all went for extra bases as junior Payton Hadley went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles and freshman Edie Collins hit the other double while helping the Comets win 2-1.

As for Ellis … she yielded just two hits while striking out 11. The only run scored off her was unearned.

The following Friday during a Northeast Iowa Conference home game against Waukon, the Comets won their 10th straight with an 8-0 victory.

Junior Brooklyn Molitor was 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles while driving in 2 runs; Collins had a 2-run home run; leadoff hitter Emerson Bohlen was 2 for 3 and scored twice; and Ellis when the distance in the four-hit shutout while striking out 13 and issuing a rare base on balls.

While Ellis has recorded 140 strikeouts already this season, you can still count her issued walks on one hand (5).

The Comets (11-1, 3-0 NEIC) will try to extend their winning streak even further when they travel to Decorah on Tuesday to take on the Vikings in a conference doubleheader.

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