Fatima scores in double digits in pair of wins

Fatima batter Reid Kessel dodges an inside pitch Saturday afternoon during the Comets' game against Lutheran St. Charles during the Capital City Invitational.

Fatima batter Reid Kessel dodges an inside pitch Saturday afternoon during the Comets' game against Lutheran St. Charles during the Capital City Invitational. Photo by Kile Brewer.

Their longest hit of the day ended a long day full of very good offense.

Will Robertson’s three-run home run lifted the Fatima Comets to an 11-0 win in five innings against the Lutheran: St. Charles Cougars in the fifth-place game of the Capital City Invitational at Vivion Field.

“It gives us confidence that we know we can compete against these size schools,” Fatima coach Scott Kilgore said. “We’re ecstatic, I don’t know how I couldn’t be pleased with our performance.”

The Comets scored a combined 26 runs in 12 innings Saturday, including a 15-9 victory against the Eureka Wildcats earlier in the day at the American Legion Post 5 Sports Complex.

The Fatima lumber came out of its slumber after totaling just four runs in losing their first two Invitational games Friday.

“This is what we’re capable of,” Kilgore said. “(Friday), we were in a bit of a funk. Granted, there was outstanding pitching. But we saw quality pitching today and we were able to do things against it at the plate.”

The Comets used five singles to score three runs in the bottom of the first inning against the Cougars, then had three singles and a walk in a two-run third to make it 5-0.

The closing kick came in a six-run fifth. After the first two Comets were retired, Matt Temmen walked, moved to second on a Zack Hudspeth single and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Pinch-hitter Brady Weavers then walked to load the bases.

John Fick, who hit the ball hard all weekend, then lined a single to left to make it 7-0. Logan Vogel followed with another RBI single that made it 8-0 with runners on first and third.

On a 1-1 pitch, Robertson hit his blast that cleared the fence in right to end the game and close the tournament.

“Lutheran is a very good team, sometimes you have games like this,” Kilgore said.

Hudspeth paced a 12-hit Fatima attack with three hits. Vogel, Robertson, Sam Hager and Hunter Hennier all added two hits. Robertson and Hudspeth drove in three runs each.

Hager went the distance to get the win, tossing a five-hitter. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out four.

“Sam threw well,” Kilgore said. “He was around the plate, he got ahead, he hit his spots and when you’re a pitcher, that makes your life a lot easier.”

Kilgore said the Comets entered the Invitational with a goal of competing against a group of bigger schools. But after Friday’s 0-2 start, that changed a little bit.

“We wanted to win two games today,” he said. “Now we want to keep this rolling.”

Fatima (8-3) is slated to host Eugene in a Show-Me Conference contest Tuesday before heading Thursday to Wardsville to take on Blair Oaks.

“It’s a big week for us,” Kilgore said.

III

FATIMA FOLLOWED THE plan in the first game Saturday against Eureka.

“We wanted to be more aggressive, put the ball in play and find the gaps,” Kilgore said. “After a disappointing Friday, it was a great start to the day.”

But in a game where the Comets finished with 15 hits, the game turned because of a steady performance on the mound.

Weavers, a sophomore who got his varsity jersey just a week go, pitched the final four innings in relief and allowed just two runs on four hits and one walk.

“He did a good job of staying around the plate and hit his spots,” Kilgore said.

The Comets and Wildcats took turns hanging crooked numbers on the scoreboard in the first two innings. Fatima answered a two-run first by Eureka with six in the bottom of the inning. Then Eureka scored five times in the second before Fatima came back with two in the bottom of the inning to give the Comets an 8-7 lead.

After Eureka tied it at 8 with a run in the fourth, Fatima took control with five in its half of the inning. The Comets had five hits int he inning, which included a two-run double by Robertson. Fatima got its final two runs in the sixth.

“We did a lot of things right offensively,” Kilgore said.

Reid Kesel had four hits and scored three times to lead the Comets. Robertson added three hits, while Vogel and Hennier had two each. Hennier totaled three RBI, with Kesel, Jared Schulte and Fick driving home two runs each.

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