The Marionville Comets bounced back for two road wins this week after suffering a 17-1 loss at home to Skyline last Thursday. The 5-3 win over Galena and 7-1 victory over Pleasant Hope gave the Comets an overall record of 7-4 on the season.
Monday's game at Galena started off rough for the Comets, as four Marionville errors helped the Bears put three runs on the board in the bottom of the first. But the Comet offense would see a bit of a spark with two outs in the third, as James Hammonds singled and scored on a Ty Davis double to cut the lead to 3-1.
The Comets would get another run in the top of the fourth, as Jeremy Vickers scored on a sacrifice fly by Wil Ghan. Then, an out away from a loss, Marionville tied the score on a Hammonds RBI single, scoring Emmit Neely, who reached on a fielder's choice.
The Comets held Galena scoreless in the seventh to force an extra inning, where Marionville completed the comeback win. Davis led off the inning reaching on an error but was forced out on a fielder's choice off the bat of Earnie Larkin. Vickers followed Larkin on base with a hit by pitch, and a walk to Evan Dotson loaded the bases. After an infield fly, Marionville picked up two runs on Galena errors to take the lead.
The Bears failed to come up with the runs to extend the game, giving the Comets the win on the road.
Davis led the offense with three hits and and RBI, while Hammonds added two hits, a run and an RBI. Hammonds also went the distance on the mound, throwing all eight innings, allowing just two hits and striking out six.
In a make-up game at Pleasant Hope, the Comets' offense was steady in a 7-1 victory. The visitors took an early lead in the first inning when Hammonds singled and later scored on a groundout by Ryan Mayberry.
Pleasant Hope would pick up an unearned run in its half of the first, but that would be all, as Larkin pitched solidly for his team.
Hammonds scored again in the third inning, this time on a Mayberry RBI single, and the fifth on a single by Neely. Wesley Breedlove also scored in the fifth to make it 4-1 in Marionville's favor.
After a leadoff triple in the top of the sixth, Larkin was driven in on an RBI single by Davis, and the Comets added two more for good measure in the seventh, as Larkin's second triple drove in a run after a sacrifice groundout by James Tucker.
Hammonds (three hits and three runs) and Larkin (two hits, one run, one RBI) led the Comets' offense, while Larkin went six and two-thirds innings on the mound, allowing five hits and striking out seven.
Marionville will host Hartville on Friday before traveling to Spokane on Monday and playing Strafford at home on Tuesday.