By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
May 15, 2013 —
The West Carter Baseball team was one of the only teams in the 16th Region playing on Friday evening because of the rains washing away most of the contests.
The Comets hosted Lewis County in hopes to get the game in before the second wave of showers came in but the damage was already done. The Lions defeated West 11-3 in six innings after the rain forced the game to end.
“They’re solid all the way through,” Manager Brian Brown said. “They hit the ball well and field it well. They have strong pitching. That’s why they’re one of the top teams in the region.”
The Lions pumped out nine hits, including two home runs, a two-run shot by Jordan Doyle in the third inning and a three-run round tripper by Nick Thompson in the fourth inning.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Comets got a run back thanks to a Spencer Phillips single that scored Kyle Stone. But the Lions added two more in the second inning and another couple on the Doyle home run to push out to a 6-1 lead.
West tried to claw back in it in the third inning. A balk call scored Stone and the Comets scored another run on a Phillips sacrifice fly that scored Peyton Brown to make it 6-3.
The fourth inning was the big one for Lewis County as they plated five Lions on four hits, including Thompson’s big one.
“I thought we were all right for the most part,” Brown said. “We hung in their early and then later our youth started to show. We didn’t come out and roll over. We put the ball in play and that’s all you can do. We didn’t find enough holes.”
The Lions batted in the sixth and just before Lewis County took the field for the bottom frame, the umpires got together and determined the field conditions were unsafe as rain continued to pour on Olive Hill.
“(Lewis Coach Keith Prater) and I both agreed that we knew the field wasn’t going to be perfect,” Brown said. “We wanted to give it a try and give our guys some at-bats. There was no way we could have worked on the field to get the conditions safe.”
In addition to Phillips’s RBI single, Ben Jordan and Tanner Tackett each had one hit.
The Comets participated in its senior day game Tuesday when the Comets hosted Fleming County. They will travel to Raceland on Thursday before beginning the 62nd District Tournament against Morgan County next Monday.
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