Comets score narrow win in battle of ranked teams

CONRAD Who needs offense?

It’s a question worth begging for the BCLUW softball team, after they squeaked out a pair of 1-0 victories Saturday at the David Lee Classic.

Relying upon a commanding performance from Nicolette Simpson in the circle, the Class 2A eight-ranked Comets held off No. 4 Sumner-Fredericksburg to post the second of three straight shutout. The thrilling contest augmented an exciting final day of action in which five of the six games were decided by a run and two went to extra innings.

Sparking the Comets (8-3) in the seventh from the nine-spot, Mallory Vawter reached second off a bunt after the throw to first sailed high. The sophomore moved to third on Kendall Scurr’s groundout before eighth grader Sarah Sharp laid down a perfect bunt to bring home Vawter for the walk-off win.

“We put the bunt down and we just ran it,” BCLUW coach Casey Moberly said of her team’s final at-bat.

“I had three fast girls in a row so that helped. (Sumner-Fredericksburg) couldn’t handle the pressure and we got the job done.”

Simpson played a pivotal role in setting up the Comets for success by firing a two-hit shutout, while fanning 10 batters and walking just one.

“Nicolette threw really well,” Moberly said.”They got runners in scoring position with less than two outs and she just beared down.”

Sarah McCoy, Haley Veldhouse, Simpson and Vawter each batted 1-for-3, while BCLUW made the most of three Cougar errors.

The Comets caught a bad break when Veldhouse was ruled out while running from second to third on a two-out grounder by Kendall Scurr as Cougar shortstop Gabbie Mohs appeared to miss the tag and reacted accordingly when looking to throw the ball elsewhere.

Moberly had a perfect view of the play from the third place line and saw something much different from the umpire.

“There was definite space between the glove of (Mohs) and (Veldhouse),” Moberly said.

“But you have to roll with the punches and the girls didn’t let it get them down. That just shows a lot to their character.”

Kelsey Nilges was saddled with the loss allowing one unearned run on eight hits, while striking out three and walking none.

Kally Frisch and Nilges tallied the lone hits for Sumner-Fredericksburg.

The Comets saved their best for last again in a 1-0 victory over Charles City. Makayla Van Cleave drove in Vawter for the winning-run in the seventh as BCLUW escaped a tense last at-bat for Charles City that included a play at the plate.

Vawter and Scurr each batted 1-for-2 at the plate, while Sharp was 1-of-3 to account for all three of BCLUW’s hits.

Olivia Callaway tossed a six-hit shutout, while striking out a pair and walking none.

The Comets host 2A No. 10 AGWSR Monday, before traveling to West Marshall Tuesday.