The Fatima Comets fell behind 5-0 to Hickman and eventually dropped an 11-4 decision to the Kewpies in the first round of the Capital City Invitational at Legion Field.
After the Kewpies got a run in the first, they made it 5-0 after two thanks to a grand-slam home run from Colby Fitch.
It stayed that way until the top of the fourth, when the Comets scored all of their runs on three hits and two errors by the Kewpies. Reid Kesel had an RBI single in the frame, while Nolan Bax also drove in a run. The other two runs scored on errors, cutting the lead to 5-4.
But the Kewpies struck right back, scoring five runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it 10-4. They got their final run in the fifth thanks to a walks, a wild pitch, a dropped third strike and a sacrifice fly.
The Comets managed just three hits in the contest - the aforementioned single by Kesel and singles by Ryan Mebreur and Patrick Schnieders. All of the hits came in the fourth inning.
Gage Kiesling got the win, pitching an 85-pitch masterpiece. He struck out five and walked four.
Seth Lehmen started and took the loss for Fatima. He failed to get an out in the fourth inning and left after throwing 92 pitches. He allowed nine earned runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out four.
Ben Holterman finished up and allowed two earned runs on four hits over three innings. He struck out four and walked one.