On Tuesday afternoon's away contest at Riverside City College, Palomar struggled early to make adjustments resulting in a hard fought loss under the lights. Kevin Palm kept the Tigers off balance for almost his entire outing until the 6th inning where he was replaced by Semon and Riverside put up a 4 spot. Forced to respond, the Comets chipped away at the lead, with their offensive surge coming up just short with the tying runner on second in the top of the 9th.
Offensively, the Comets struggled to make adjustments early and weren't able to string any hits together until the 7th inning. The Comets had to respond to the lone productive inning by Riverside and were able to score one run on Matt Ornelia's RBI single scoring Marco Young. In the top of the ninth the comets weren't done fighting as they were able to score 2 on Kevin Moscoso's 2 RBI double scoring Jack Moberg, who doubled down the right field line to lead off the inning, and Izayah Alvarez who walked. With the tying run on second base and no outs, the Comets weren't able to execute and extend the inning resulting in a tough loss.
On the rubber, Palm (1-1) pitched an outstanding game, keeping the Tigers off balance giving up only 2 hits and 1 run (unearned) with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. With a couple misplayed balls in the outfield and some timely hits, the tigers were able to tally 4 when Ryan Semon was called upon for relief. Semon gave up 3 hits, 3 runs (3 earned), and one walk in his 0.2 innings pitched. On a positive note, Brett Lockwood appeared in his 2nd game of the season looking dominant on the mound giving up no hits and one walk with 2 strikeouts in 2 innings pitched.
The Comets were led by Kevin Moscoso at the plate with his 2-2 day with a single and a double with 2 RBIs off the bench. Other multi-hit games were by Nathan Soriano (2-4) and Matt Ornelia (2-5, 1 RBI).
Palomar looks to get back on the winning side of the game this weekend with a 2nd matchup with Orange Coast College on Friday and a matchup with Glendale on Saturday.
Photos by Stephen Davis (Left to Right: Kevin Moscoso, Brett Lockwood)