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CENTRAL HIGH —
In a game full of errors, back-to-back RBI singles by Dalton Wood and Cody Crow won Comanche its first game of the season 8-7 versus Velma-Alma on Thursday at Central High.
For the second straight game, the Indians (1-5) misplayed a bunt allowing two errors to score. That put the Comets up 7-5, but the Indians came back. Braden Ledford walked and Chris Van Oven doubled off Ty Richardson to drive Ledford in. Richardson was pulled in favor of Tyler Martin. The freshman sent the Comanche faithful into fingernail-biting mode with a strikeout and sac fly. But Wood and Crow would not be denied, scoring Van Oven and Justin Hall to win the game.
“I knew if we got it past the infielders, we had it in the bag,” Crow said. “It’s a big load off our shoulders in a way. Now we can go out there and play baseball. Getting that first win helps us relax and be ourselves.”
Coach Brent Crow was happy the team got the win, but was disappointed with the team’s overall play. The problems on defense could have cost the team the win.
“I don’t think we can sugar coat it,” Crow said. “We made little league errors all day on defense. We had mistakes. We had errors. It’s good to get a win, but we didn’t play very clean baseball.”
Crow chalked up the win to Comanche’s schedule. The Indians have played three ranked teams this year and have faced high-pressure situations before. Crow said this helped them feel a little more comfotable when facing a two-run deficit in the seventh.
“We’ve been playing some very good baseball teams and facing good pitchers,” Crow said. “We’ve been behind before. This is the first time we came back to win, but I think facing good teams helps us in the long run.”
Wood was just glad his team could be on the right side of the scoreline at the end of the game for once. The Indians had taken leads early in the game versus multiple opponents this year, but have been unable to hold onto them. That was the case again Thursday, but Comanche stuck it out.
“That’s baseball,” Wood said. “We won. We pulled it out. We did well.”