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June 6, 2014

Summer ball boosts young Comets

VELMA — Five Velma-Alma players were at the University of Central Oklahoma Thursday afternoon, playing for the Oklahoma Angels in a summer league.

They then made the trip from Edmond to Velma for summer baseball against Lindsay Thursday night. The five-inning game ended in a 2-2 tie.

The Comets trailed 2-0 in the fifth, but Ty Richardson’s single to left field with the bases loaded brought two runs across the plate.

Playing for the Angels means a lot of innings — and a lot of travel — for Richardson, Evan Albertson, Colby Martin, Tyler Martin and Andrew Roberts. But Richardson said it will be worth it, given how young the Comets were this past season.

“Summer ball will help us out with more playing time as a team,” he said.

The additions of Shiloh Womack and Ryan Ross, who did not play baseball last season, will help as well, Richardson said. Comet coach Colt Allison added that freshman Brody Williams will be an asset as well.

All the summer ball the Comets are playing will do much to help the baseball program, Allison said.

“Repetition is the key in baseball, moreso than any other sport,” he said. “You don’t have to be a big, strong athlete. If you build your skill set, you have a good chance to be competitive.”

Five players pitched for the Comets Thursday: Ross, Colby Martin, Richardson, Kelton Brown and Tyler Martin. Allison said he would rather his pitchers work more innings, but he wanted to give those who play for the Angels some rest.

Richardson said getting more pitchers some innings will help the team next spring.

“It won’t just be a couple people who can throw,” he said. “Everyone will be able to throw.”

The defense was Velma’s strong point Thursday. The Comets turned two double plays. Allison liked what he saw from the infield, given that the Comets had some issues with that this past season.

“Shortstop is a spot we struggled with a little bit through the spring,” Allison said. “We were just trying to find the right guy to fill that spot.”

Evan Albertson played shortstop and was instrumental in both double plays. Richardson was glad to see the infield come together and hopes the team can keep improving.

“We want to get ready for next spring and do something Velma has never done before, and that’s get to the state tournament,” Richardson said.

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