NASELLE - That noble bard William Shakespeare in "Henry VI" says, "Now shine it like a comet of revenge, a prophet to the fall of all our foes!" Coach Pete Donlon may not have been quite so poetic Thursday when his Comets avenged an earlier 7-2 Pacific League loss at the hands of North Beach, but he did say of his team's 10-1 victory, "This was our best effort all year. Leonel Mendoza was dominant as a pitcher the first four innings and we hit the ball hard and played excellent defense, especially in the outfield."
The Comets opened scoring in the bottom of the first frame when Chase Chapman, Logan Scrabeck, and John Hines spanked singles to account for two tallies. In the big fourth inning two walks and Mendoza and Alan Erickson RBI-double and run-scoring singles from Nick Zimmerman and Hines plated four Comets and put Naselle on top 6-0.
After North Beach broke up Mendoza's shutout with a run in the top of the fifth, the Comets came back with four more runs in the bottom of the frame. Following a pair of Hyak errors Chapman and Jesus Martinez belted doubles and Austin Burkhalter and Zimmerman had run-scoring singles.
Mendoza allowed but one hit, walked three and struck out seven while pitching four and one-third innings and Hines came on in relief to strike out three more Hyaks as he mopped up on the mound. Erickson in left and Martinez in center field made running catches and Martinez appeared to end the game when his relay throw to third base nailed a North Beach runner. He was ruled safe, but Hines picked off the errant foe on the next pitch and the game ended with Derek Archer being caught in a pickle with the score 10-1.
Mendoza, Erickson, Zimmerman, Chapman, and Martinez were all 2-3 and Burkhalter and Hines also added safeties to the offense. Coach Donlon had praise for Zimmerman's work behind the dish, saying, "Nick keeps everything in front of him. Chris Walkowiak continues to be a standout at third base, making five assists and Logan Scrabeck is playing well at first base."
Donlon concluded, "They beat us 7-2 up there, so it is nice to get some revenge against a good team. Our schedule get tougher from here on out." Naselle is now 5-2 in the Pacific and 6-3 overall.