Comets open fall season with 2nd place finish |

Comets open fall season with 2nd place finish

Top row from left: Lindsey Murray, Kristen Mcilvain, Sabrina Guerra, Leilani Niccum, Ashley Bliss. Lenora Watson and Cody Stauffer. Bottom row from left: Sami Rodgers, Reina Castaneda, Hannah Schmich, Ashtyn Willis, Alex Pussich, Taylor Railey, and Bat Girl Marika Watson.
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The Comets 16U “Cardinal” travel softball team opened the fall-ball season in strong fashion last weekend, taking second place at an ASA Fall Kickoff Tournament.

The Comets, who feature several players from Nevada County, started the weekend off by beating All American Mizuno by the score of 9-1. Next up was their sister-team, the Comets “Navy” squad. Both teams played solid ball in all aspects, with the Cardinal coming through in the end for the 4-1 victory. In the nightcap, the Comets came out a little bit flat, and gave up nine runs to the Elk Grove Thunder, before battling back in the last inning. In the end, it was too little, too late, as the Thunder defeated the Comets 9-8.

Going into Sunday, the Comets felt confident about their play. In their first game of the day, the Comets faced the Benecia Outlaws. After allowing only a single hit in the first six innings, the Comets took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh. The Outlaws put a rally together, and were able to tie the game, sending it into extra innings, and invoking the international tie-breaker rule, in which each team starts with a runner on second base. The Comets were able to plate their runner, and took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the eighth. To their credit, the Outlaws battled back, again, and scored the tying run with two outs, sending the game into the ninth inning. This is where the Comets came to life, scoring five runs, of which the Outlaws could not answer. After the 9-4 victory, the Comets were on their way to the semifinals, and a rematch with the Elk Grove Thunder.

In the semifinal, the Comets came out on fire, scoring eight runs in the first inning, and not stopping from there. In the end, the Comets outscored the Thunder 15-2, and were on their way to the championship to face the NorCal Dirtdogs.

In the championship game, the DIrtdogs provided too much firepo ower, and the Comets could not seem to get that timely hit when they need it, eventually falling 7-1.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at or by phone at 530-477-4232.

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