Comets Baseball rallies late in the top of the 8th inning to beat Fullerton in game 1 of their 2 game series. Fullerton College put up a 4 spot in the bottom of the first inning later to be held to zero runs for the remainder of the game giving the comets a chance to chip away and take their only lead of the game.
Palomar starter Russel Grant gives up an early 4 runs with a pair of walks but locks in and holds Fullerton to nothing for the rest of his outing. Grant pitched 5 complete innings giving up 6 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, giving up 4 earned runs bringing his ERA to 2.63. The comets relievers came in dealing no hits and 2 walks to finish off the game. Baca (Credited with the win 1-0), 1 walk with 2 strikeouts in 2 innings pitched, LaPierre had 1 walk with 2 strikeouts in 1.2 innings pitched, and Chapman earned the save with 0.1 innings pitched.
Offensively, Palomar's starters were quiet until the 6th inning where Marco Young reach on an error by the Hornet's 2nd baseman, bringing in Soriano to make the score 4-1. In the 8th inning with the bases loaded, Conor McKenna came in to pinch hit for Ryan Harrel and it paid off. With 2 strikes, McKenna cleared the bases with a double down the right field line. The throw from the right fielder then ricocheted off the shortstops glove as McKenna's slide broke up the throw. This allowed the ball to go out of play down the left field line allowing McKenna to score in what you can call, a little league grand slam. This left the score at 5-4 where it stayed the rest of the game.
The Comets collected 10 hits on the day, with multiple hit games by Michael Galvan (3b) and Nathan Soriano. More hits came from Young, McKenna, Orneilia, Thompson, King, and Charles. The Comets, now 6-2, will host the Hornets at home on Saturday to complete their series.
Photos by Stephen Davis (Left to Right: McKenna, Baca)