Marionville catcher Evan Dotson wasn't able to get a sacrifice bunt down in the fourth inning of Monday's baseball action between the Comets and the Galena Bears, but the senior did get one down when it really counted.
A bases-loaded squeeze play to win the game in the bottom of the seventh is just one of many recent highlights in the Comets' five-game win streak, which is building the team's confidence as district play draws closer.
Marionville has won eight of its last nine games and was 11-3 overall as of Tuesday's 12-1 pounding of Pleasant Hope. But where that game seemed easy at times for the Comet offense, the team had to scratch out runs any way it could against the Bears.
Monday's contest with Galena was a pitcher's duel, with Earnie Larkin leading the way for the home team. After giving up a run in the first, Larkin settled in to strike out three batters in the first frame and nine over his three and two-thirds innings of work.
Marionville tied the game at one in the bottom of the second, as Larkin reached on a single and later came in to score on another single by Dotson.
Galena scored once more in the fourth, after which Larkin was relieved by Jordan Williams. The Comets would load the bases in the home half but could not manage to push a run across.
They would do so, however, in the sixth inning, as doubles by Wesley Breedlove and Matthew Bowling combined for a run to make it 2-2.
After working out of a pair of walks in the top of the seventh, the Comets again loaded the bases in the bottom half with just one out. Dotson stepped to the plate and fouled off the first pitch before getting the bunt sign from coach Jason Grose. The senior bunted hard back to the pitcher as Jacksen Smith motored down the third base line to score the winning run for the Comets.
Williams earned the win on the mound, throwing three and a third innings of no-hit ball and striking out four.
The Comets would face off with Sarcoxie on Thursday to try to extend the winning streak and will be back in action on Saturday at New Covenant for a double-header. They will then return home on Monday against Spokane.