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Heyer, Comets shut out Tigers, 4-0

Heyer, Comets shut out Tigers, 4-0
Press photo by John Burbridge
Charles City freshman Lydia Staudt slides into the second with a stolen base during the sixth inning against Cedar Falls. Staudt would later score while helping the Comets win, 4-0.

By John Burbridge

CHARLES CITY — There are a variety of ways to score runs.

You can manufacture them, or you can produce them instantly.

The Comets did both while jumping out to an early lead on way to defeating Cedar Falls, 4-0, in non-conference girls softball action Wednesday at Sportsmen’s Park.

Against Tiger freshman pitcher Cyrah Rasmussen, who as an eighth-grader shutout a ranked and previously undefeated Comet team last season, Charles City lead-off hitter Liz Fiser started the bottom of the first with a single, then stole second, and then stole third while prompting an errand throw into the outfield as no one was covering the bag with the infield drawn in to take away a pending bunt from Lydia Staudt.

That allowed Fiser to score for the aforementioned “manufactured” run.

The “instant” run came a few hitters later with sophomore Allie Cross hitting a solo home run — her first of the year and the second of her varsity career.

That proved to be more than enough for senior all-state ace Sami Heyer to protect as she improved hers and her team’s record to 5-0 with a complete-game two-hit shutout while striking out 15 which included four in the final inning due to a dropped third strike.

Heyer also had an RBI double in the sixth inning to cap the scoring.

Earlier in the sixth, freshman Rachel Chambers chased Staudt home from second with a single up the middle that was misplayed in the outfield.

The Comets will be back in action Thursday when they host Waukon in a Northeast Iowa Conference doubleheader.