Special to the Grove Sun
JAY-It took the Kansas Comet offense the better part of four innings to get on the scoreboard in Wednesday’s summer league play at Jay’s Trolinger-Haggard Field. And just when it looked like the hometown Bulldogs were going to kick away a win in the late innings, they snatched the proverbial victory out of the jaws of defeat.
Tyler Buss got the starting nod for Jay and after yielding a pair of two-out singles to C.J. Foreman and Jared Lamont, the junior southpaw got Kansas’s five-hole batter to strikeout looking.
The Comets countered Buss with their own lefthander, Cody Bright, who yielded a one out single to Cory Steifel. Bright whiffed the next batter but the Bulldogs strung together three two-out base hits in a row. J.J. Meeker advanced Steifel to third, where Ty Kay followed with an RBI single.
Both Meeker and Kay came into score when Matt Henderson lashed a double into the gap. Following a scoreless second inning, Kay picked up his second hit of the game and added his second run when Buss helped his own cause with a hit.
Jared Lamont led off the Kansas fourth with a hit and moved up 90 feet when Brent Odle worked Buss for a base on balls. A throwing error by the Bulldog catcher allowed Lamont to put his team in the scorebook, while Odle added another on the strength of Austin Hunt’s RBI rap.
Jay got one of their runs back when Ty Moore picked up a two-out single and trotted home on Meeker’s standup triple. Down 5-2 and an inning to play, the Comets needed base runners, badly. And Kansas answered by sending nine men to the dish.
Zac Carnes led off the fifth with a triple and scored on Johnny Lewis’s double. By the time the third out was registered, a pair of Bulldog errors, a passed ball and one more hit were enough to give Kansas the lead for the first time 6-5.
But the Comets didn’t get to enjoy the lead for long. Henderson stroked his second hit of the game to lead off the inning and moved to second base when Buss picked up a walk. Henderson then broke for third and tied the game on a botched Kansas throw. Cal Guinn was subsequently hit by a pitch to move Buss into scoring position. And with one swing of the bat, Dylan Dunham, who’d worn the 0 for 3 collar, picked up the game winning RBI and the 7-6 Bulldog win.