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Comets cash in at G-R’s expense-Ninth-inning run separates BCLUW from Rebels, 2-1 By Mark Pawlak

June 17, 2011
Northern-Sun Print
GLADBROOK - The pitchers made sure neither offense could get much going at all. Shannon McCoy of BCLUW and Paige Thompson of Gladbrook-Reinbeck looked to be up to the task of putting zeroes up on the board for as long as it took. The Comets' bats were the first to manufacture a run in extra innings for a 2-1 nine-inning NICL West softball victory over the host Rebels on Tuesday. Danielle Montgomery's squeeze bunt scored Kendall Scurr for the winning run to move BCLUW to 10-7 overall and 4-1 in league play. McCoy was the winning pitcher, allowing one run on five hits in nine innings. She struck out six and did not walk a batter. She struck out the side in order in the first and G-R's lone run came in the fifth inning. "We battled and just stayed with it," said BCLUW head coach David Lee. "We got in some jams and got out of them with the defense making plays and Shannon pitched great." "That's the best by far Shannon's thrown varsity," Lee said, "and she stayed with it for nine innings." Thompson allowed two runs on three hits for Gladbrook-Reinbeck (9-7, 2-3). She walked four and struck out 10. The Comets scored in the top of the first and did not get another hit until the winning rally in the ninth. "We had our chances. I told our girls afterward we've got to take control when we're given those chances," said G-R head coach Brian Thompson. "We didn't cash in tonight." Abby Miller led off the ninth for BCLUW with a single and Scurr replaced her at first base as a pinch runner. Scurr stole second and moved to third on Maddie Olson's groundout. Montgomery followed with a bunt single down the third-base line to score Scurr with the winning run. "We struggled so much putting the ball in play, so if we got a chance to bunt one in I was going to do it," Lee said. "Danielle was able to get it down the line where there was no play on it." The Rebels had runners on base in both of the extra frames. Paige Thompson hit a liner to center for a double with two down in the eighth. Sonya Beichley's infield pop-up was dropped to put runners on the corners, but McCoy got out of the jam as Lauren Bengen's line drive was caught by a sliding Kylee Button in center field. Emily Stoakes singled in the ninth but was stranded there. The Rebels have been struggling of late to piece hits together, Coach Thompson said. Tuesday marked the third one-run loss of the season for G-R. "A game like this will help us," Thompson said. "It was just the wrong outcome." Stoakes started the rally that led to the Rebels' run in the fifth after getting hit by a pitch. Tessa Dinsdale followed with a single and Carrie Shouse delivered an RBI single. The Comets started strong in the first with Button getting hit by a pitch, a double by Sarah McCoy and walk by Miller loading the bases. Olson walked to drive in a run before Paige Thompson got out of the inning without more damage.



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