West Carter baseball ended Wednesday night with a 6-5 victory over Fleming County in extra innings.
“This is a game I am super proud of. Earlier in the the season we are losing these games. You can look back and see four or five games that were just like this that we didn’t get. So, for them to stick with it and close this game out shows a lot about their work ethic and discipline going forward,” said Coach Matthew Clark.
After getting off to a slow start, the Comets tied up the game during the sixth inning when Caleb Lambert ran home on a passed ball.
Lambert had reached on error, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Burge, and was put into scoring position when Ben Wilburn singled to left field.
The score remained 4-4 up until the top of the eleventh inning when the Comets drove two home.
Trevor Callahan got the inning started with a single and Dominic Hinton reached on error. Hunter Jessie put the ball in play with runners second and third. His hit allowed Callahan and Hinton to run home.
“After 11 innings, we stayed with it. We didn’t quit. We just kept playing baseball,” said Callahan.
Callahan slid into home as the Fleming County catcher dropped the throw home. Jessie, advancing to second, was able to stay in a rundown long enough for Hinton to make it across home plate for the second run.
The Panthers were unable to tally two runs in the bottom of the inning giving the game to the Comets.
The Comets had scored runs in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and two in the eleventh while giving up four runs in the bottom of the third and a fifth run in the bottom of the eleventh.
Callahan singled to left field to send home Wilburn for the the first run of the game during the third inning before the Panthers tallied two runs on Tyler Jamison’s line drive single to centerfield and another two on Buddy Morgan’s double deep into centerfield.
“They did a great job of putting the ball into play. Their record does not indicate how well they swing the bat,” said Clark.
Jessie scored on Burge’s single in the fourth inning and Callahan ran home after Tackett put the ball in play and reached on error.
“I was just trying to work both ways, get on base and provide runs for my team. Just trying to help my team out,” said Callahan.
Callahan took the win for the Comets. He lasted an impressive eight innings before being relieved by Trace Tackett.
“He had quick innings early outside of the one inning he gave up four runs. Most of them were low stress innings and his pitch count stayed down. Usually guys have already exhausted their pitch count by then, but he did a good job of getting ahead and we got outs for him,” said Clark. “He did a good job of battling for us.”
Callahan gave up four runs on six hits, walked four and struckout nine. He also went three-for-five at the plate for one RBI.
“He’s done well all year. He gets on base when we need him to,” said Clark. “But tonight I want to give a little shout out to the bottom of our order. They scratched and really made their pitchers work to get outs. They turned our lineup over a lot because of what they were able to do. That is something we have been harping on them to do all year,” said Clark.
The Comets had nine hits. Wilburn hit a pair of singles and Jessie went two-for-four at the plate with a single and a double, the Comets’ only extra base hit.
The remaining hits were made by Burge and Sam Jones.
The Comets defense also proved to be vital in the Wednesday night win.
The Comets made several key plays to keep themselves in the game including a big tag at home plate to prevent a run during the bottom of the 10th.
With two on base, Braden Clark singled to right field. Lambert fielded the ball and threw to Ethan Adkins at first base who threw home to Wilburn for the tag.
“That was a good play all around. Their guy puts a good swing on it. Our right fielder comes in and we know we have to go home. Perfect relay to Ethan and Ethan finished it with Ben. Ben did exactly what he needed to do. Two hands on the ball. Don’t let that guy have a chance of knocking it out,” said Clark.
Wilburn also picked off a runner at first during fifth inning. Wilburn blocked the pitch and threw to first baseman Tackett for the out.
“I bobbled the pitch, so when ever I saw first base take off I threw it. It was just there. Trace made a good play,” said Wilburn.