Richard Stroud

Grove Sun

STILWELL – A pair of three-run home runs and a stellar pitching performance helped the Kansas Comets come back from an early deficit and down the Vian Wolverines 10-4 on Friday to claim seventh place in the Stilwell Armstrong Bank Baseball Classic. Zac Carnes hit a three-run blast to finish off a six-run second inning for the Comets, while Wade Lewis completed the day’s scoring with a similar shot in the sixth to put the game away. In all, the Comets (6-4) finished with 14 hits on the afternoon. The offensive barrage backed up a stellar pitching performance by Cody Bright. After giving up four runs on four hits and a pair of walks in the first inning, Bright gave up just three hits the rest of the afternoon, striking out seven in the complete game performance. In all the Wolverines sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the first, getting a two-run double from Hunter Spencer, part of his three-for-four afternoon. But in the top of the second the Comets would have their own big inning. Johnny Lewis led off the inning with a triple, followed by a walk by Brett Odle. Jared Lamont would then get the Comets on the board with a single up the middle to score Lewis. After a bunt single by Casey Fencer loaded the bases, Blake Hix hit a line drive single between the first and second baseman to score Odle and Lamont and make the score 4-3. Two batters later, Carnes hit one over the left field wall to give the Comets the lead for good. Kansas would add another run in the third after Odle hit a one-out triple and later scored on a single by Fencer. The Comets would not score again until the sixth, when Wade Lewis followed a pair of infield singles by Fencer and Austin Hunt with his home run. Bright, meanwhile, kept the Wolverines off-balance for the final six innings, mixing in a sharp breaking ball with good command to keep Vian in check. After Spencer’s second double in as many at bats in the bottom of the second inning, only two other base runners would make it as far as second base for the rest of the game. The Comets are scheduled to travel to Ketchum today to take on the Warriors at noon before returning home to host Stilwell on Monday at 4 p.m.