The Marionville Comets' effort to return to the district championship game came to an end Monday with a 4-0 loss to second-seeded New Covenant Academy. The defeat ended the Comets' season in the Class 2, District 11 semifinals and gave coach Jason Grose's team an overall record of 14-10 on the year.
The Marionville offense only mustered two hits throughout the contest, a first inning infield single by Cole Brown and a seventh inning single by Earnie Larkin. Both made it into scoring position but neither were driven in by their teammates, as the big hit to spark a rally eluded the Comets all night.
The Warriors put up a run each in the first and fourth innings after leadoff singles came around to score. Trailing by two in the top of the sixth, the Comets had one of their best chances to come back, as Aaron Head reached base and advanced all the way to third on an error with two outs. Ty Davis came to bat and ripped a hard grounder down the third base line, but the NCA third baseman made a diving, run-saving play for the third out.
The home team on the board, NCA added two more runs in the bottom of the inning to all but seal the deal. Marionville put two runners on in the top of the seventh, but a strikeout ended the game and the Comets' season.
On the mound for the Comets, Michael Mays pitched six innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits while striking out two.
In the Comets' first round game, an 11-1 win over Blue Eye, Mays led the way with two runs on three hits, while Davis added three RBI on two hits. Also with two hits were Brown, Larkin and Ryan Mayberry. Jeremy Vickers added two RBI and a run on one hit.
James Hammonds picked up the win on the mound, throwing six innings and giving up six hits while striking out four.
Brown, Head and Mays will be missed by the Comets next season, as they graduate this week, but much of Grose's lineup is expected to return for another shot at the district crown next year.