Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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April 11, 2012

Comets mercy Menifee to win first game

April 11, 2012 —     A season filled with almost wins finally broke the other way for the West Carter baseball team.

    Taking on Menifee County in the first round of the All “A” Classic, the Comets gave the Wildcats an early exit from the tournament with a dominating 15-1 victory.

    “It just feels good to finally get a win. We’ve came so close to winning several games, and getting that winless monkey off our back is something I was thrilled to see,” West Carter Head Coach Brad Bloomfield said following his team’s victory over Menifee.

    Suffering so many hard-fought losses in the early part of the season, Bloomfield’s boys did not provide the Wildcats with any hope of victory.

    Big nights from Tanner Tackett and Derek Lawson made way for a rush of Comet runs. Tackett played a big part in the Comets initial offensive success, going two for two on the night, bringing home two teammates for a pair of RBI’s.

    Lawson also helped to lay the lumber, batting two for three, as he led West with three RBI’s.

    Minus a lone homerun in the second inning for Menifee County, pitcher Taylor Napier brought the heat to the Wildcats.

    Napier pitched in all five innings to convert on seven strikeouts, while giving up only two hits on 60 total pitches.

    Even with the win, Bloomfield said his team still has a long way to go.

    “The main thing we need to do is focus on eliminating the big inning against quality teams,” Bloomfield said. “I feel like we have had the potential all year, but a small error here, a walk there...those things add up to make it hard to win a baseball game.”

    Surprisingly enough, a few games have seen the Comets suffer a lack of consistency in the batters box, something Bloomfield said his team must have.

    “We’ve hit the ball well at times this year, and that is what we thought would be our biggest strength,” Bloomfield said. “There are some kids on our club that can swing the bat, but we just need to work on our fundamental things, focusing on simply laying down a good bunt for example.”

    Following the first round win, the Comets took on Raceland last night after press time in the second round of the 16th Region All “A” Classic.

    Don’t miss next Wednesday’s edition of the Journal-Times to see if West Carter can finally steady its ship and turn around from its 1-7 start.

    Grant Stevens can be reached at gstevens@journal-times.com or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.

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