April 2, 2014 — West Carter’s baseball team is as hot as a Comet flying through space, starting the season 5-0.
Monday’s game with also undefeated Rowan County provided the young Comets with another tough test to keep their streak alive.
Rowan County senior infielder John Curry’s two RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning broke a 2-2 tie as the Vikings would explode for six runs in the frame to an 11-4 win over the Comets.
“We gave up a few base runners with some errors and when we got runners on and in scoring position, we weren’t able to get the big hit,” West Coach Tim Johnson said.
The Vikings (4-0) poured in 11 hits in the win. Curry, junior Justin Graham and sophomore Cameron Planck each had two hits in the win. Curry and Graham each had two RBI and Planck drove in three runs.
West Carter (5-1) had seven hits. JT Johnson led the Comets with two hits and three RBI. He hit a single to left that drove in Richard McGlone and Peyton Brown to tie the game at 2-2.
“He’s been a clutch for us all season,” Johnson said. “He’s drove in several runs and if he has one or two hits a game, chances are he’s brought a few in for us. Kaden Rose and Peyton Brown are swinging the bat well for us.”
Rose, a freshman, pitched well for the Comets, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out four Vikings. Johnson was happy to see such a young hurler have some success against one of the top teams in the 16th Region.
“Kaden threw a great game,” Johnson said. “Being a freshman, we didn’t want his pitch count to be very high. We struggled to throw strikes for a little bit and good teams like Rowan County take advantage of that.”