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June 21, 2013

Comets hold on to down Moravia

MORAVIA —The Cardinal Comets softball team led Moravia 9-1 heading to the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday. Then, the Mohawks sent 10 hitters to the plate and scored five runs on six hits. The game ended with Moravia runners stranded on first and second.

The Comets' 9-6 win in non-conference action improved their record to 13-8. Meanwhile, Moravia fell to 8-9.

The Mohawks grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. A two-out triple by Katelynn Tracy and an error by the Comets led to the run.

"Some of our kids were playing their third game of the day," said Cardinal coach Jerald Harter. "That probably contributed to our slow start."

Cardinal quickly tied it in the second on a solo home run by Alexis Adam.

"I've been hitting OK lately, but that's my first home run of the season," said Adam. "I just looked for my pitch."

Two innings later, Adam gave the Comets the lead with an RBI single. Even though the Mohawks had at least one base runner in each of the next four innings, they failed to score against Comet starting pitcher Delaney Ridgway, who used an assortment of off-speed

pitches to handle most of the Moravia line-up.

"Delaney's (Ridgway) pitches have some movement," added Harter.

The Comets took control of the game with a four-run fifth. Ridgway drew a bases loaded walk to score a run and then another of the Comets youngsters, Lindsey Davis, singled to right field to score two more. The final run scored on the Mohawks sole error of the game.

"We have made real improvement on defense," said Moravia coach Jared Power.

The Comets added the three runs they needed to win in the seventh. Lindsay Moore led off with a double and scored on Ridgway's RBI single. Davis followed with a single, her second hit of the night.

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