The Oakwood Comets came a calling to the Armstrong-Potomac Trojans in the first conference game for both teams. An outstanding pitching effort from Kyle Girton and timely hitting from Vinson Blake and Skyler Slade led the Comets to a six-inning 12-1 victory over the Trojans.
Oakwood had a 7-1 lead going into the sixth inning when the Comets broke the game open with a five-run inning. The inning started when reliever Jon Snyder walked three consecutive batters to load the bases. He got Slade, the cleanup hitter for the Comets, to line out, but then there was a passed ball and then Vinson delivered two runs on a single to stretch the lead to 10-1.
The Comets got two more runs on another passed ball and a RBI single from Wade Abbott to end the scoring in the sixth and take a 12-1 lead over the Trojans.
“I thought we got some timely hitting and the lead and that led to us being more aggressive at the plate,’’ Oakwood coach Bob Sermak said. “I also thought that it allowed us to try to do more things offensively.”
Girton was very strong on the mound for the Comets, recording seven strikeouts and allowed just one run on two hits in his five innings. Slade needed just eight pitches to finish off the game in the sixth inning.
“I thought Kyle (Girton) did a nice job of switching up speeds and hitting his spots,” Sermak said.
Armstrong-Potomac pitchers were just a little off as they could not get the third strike past the Oakwood hitters.
“Our pitchers just missed their spots,’’ Armstrong-Potomac coach Darren Loschen said. “We didn’t do a good enough job on defense. And, we didn’t get the hits to get the win.”
The Trojans scored their only run in the bottom of the first inning, but the Comets responded with six in the next three innings to build their 7-1 lead.
Dentler Loschen took the loss for Armstrong-Potomac.
Blake finished with three hits and three RBIs for Oakwood, while Slade had a single, a double and two RBIs.
Oakwood is back in action today with a 4:30 p.m. contest at Paxton-Buckley-Loda; while Armstrong-Potomac’s next contest is Wednesday at home against Fisher in a 4:30 p.m. game.