Comets double-up Chickasaws, improve to 15-0
By John Burbridge
CHARLES CITY — The 4-6-3 doubleplay as well as its variant the 6-4-3 are a pitcher’s best friend.
But it’s a best friend that doesn’t often come knocking in high school fastpitch softball.
Nonetheless, in the top half of the fifth inning in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader pitting New Hampton against the hosting Charles City Comets, Chickasaw senior Sydney Laures hit a hot grounder right of the pitching circle that Comet second baseman Liz Fiser was able to range over to field.
Fiser deftly flipped the ball to shortstop Rachel Chambers to force Alexa Wemark at second, and then Chambers made a quicksilver and accurate throw to first baseman Sadie Gebel to nip Laures for the rare ground ball-initiating twin-killing.
Earlier in the first inning, Fizer started another doubleplay after fielding a short fly from Paige Wisner in shallow right field and throwing out Lauren Frerichs trying to score from third.
Those were a few defensive highlights during Charles City’s DH sweep of New Hampton by scores of 12-2 (5 inn.) and 3-0 which improved the Comets’ undefeated overall record to 15-0 and 9-0 in the Northeast Iowa Conference.
Doubleplays are nice, but so are good ol’ one-at-a-time strikeouts, especially with runners in scoring position.
In the first inning of the second game, Comet ace Sami Heyer was faced with predicaments of runners at second and third with no outs, then later bases-loaded with one out.
Heyer was able to record three strikeouts that inning to send the Chickasaws away with no runs.
That proved to be the only major threat New Hampton would pose for the rest of the game as Heyer went on to record a complete-game shutout while striking out 12.
In the first game, Comet freshman catcher Ashlyn Hoeft went 3 for 3 with a double, home run and single in order while driving in 3 runs and being held a triple short of hitting for the cycle.
In the first game for Charles City, Fiser had three hits and scored 3 runs, Lydia Staudt had two hits including a 2-RBI double, Gebel had two hits, and Chambers, Heyer, Allie Cross and Emma Grimm each had doubles.
In the second game against Chickasaw ace Mercede Tenge, Heyer and Alex Litterer each had RBI singles.
New Hampton came into Wednesday’s doubleheader undefeated in the NEIC.
Against three-time all-state pitcher Heyer, several Chickasaws were able to get good swings against her.
In the first game, New Hampton senior Maddi Moorman was able to drive a Heyer pitch to deep to dead-centerfield for a solo home run.
Natalie Hoey had an RBI double in the first game to drive in the Chickasaws’ other run.
In the second game, Frerichs had two hits and reached base three times.
The Comets will host NEIC foe Oelwein on Thursday at Sportsmen’s Park.