The West Carter Comets secured the win, 9-5, during the home opener Thursday against Fleming County.
An early two runs in the top of the first did not rattle the Comets. They responded in the bottom of the inning with six runs on two hits.
“We were at home, so we started out on defense and gave then am early 2-0 lead. I was happy with how we responded. We were patient at the plate. They helped us out a little bit, but we made timely hits when we needed to,” said West Carter Coach Matthew Clark.
Trevor Callahan started the inning with a single. Trace Tackett earned a walk to first and Ben Wilburn took a pitch to the shoulder.
Ethan Adkins with a single to centerfield drove home Jackson Bond, courtesy runner for Callahan, and Tackett for the Comets’ first two runs.
Wilburn, Adkins and Sam Jones each slid into home on wild pitches for three more runs. Caleb Lambert ran in for the Comets’ sixth run to give them a 6-2 lead after one inning.
The Comets continued to chip away at the Panthers. Tackett scored his second run in the second inning and the Comets tallied three more in the fifth. Runs were made by Adkins, Jessie and Logan Berry.
“We just kept fighting and scratching to hold on to the win tonight,” said Clark.
The Comets had nine runs on four hits. Callahan, Adkins, Dominick Hinton and Hunter Jessie each had one hit.
The Panthers attempted a comeback in the sixth inning. On two hits, the Panthers scored four runs. Jessie, who came in as relief, struck out two batters to close the inning.
“Beginning of the game, we came out focused. We put up five to six runs, and although we lost focus there for a few innings, we came out with a win. I feel like this is a really good representation of what our season could be,” said Adkins.
Callahan started the game on the mound. He lasted five innings and struck out seven. He gave up two runs on one hit and walked two.
“I knew he would be a little rocky to start. This was his first outing on the mound in the regular season. The overall thing for him was just to get him out there, get him settled, get him comfortable. When we did, he did just what I thought he would do,” said Clark.
Jessie came in to relieve Callahan in the sixth. He gave up four runs on two hits. He struck out three and had one error.
The Comets’ win over Fleming put them ahead 2-1 on the season. They played Fairview Saturday for their third win.
The Comets return to action Wednesday, March 27, at home against Lewis County. First pitch is at 6 p.m.