Dowagiac’s Matt Smith picks up a ground ball and heads to third base for the force play Tuesday. (Daily News Photo/RON HARNER)

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Colts power their way to win

Published 10:22pm Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Dowagiac struggled defensively and with its bats in two Wolverine Conference losses Tuesday against Comstock. The Colts won the opener, 8-0, and game two, 11-3.

The Chieftains committed nine errors in the doubleheader, which led to nine unearned runs for Comstock. In first game, Colts pitcher Dylan Wright tossed a two-hitter, struck out seven and walked none. In game two, Colts pitcher Matt French allowed three unearned runs. Both Comstock pitchers hurled complete games.

“It’s just ugly baseball,” said Dowagiac coach Bob Turner, who missed the first game because of a job obligation. “Bunch of errors. We’ve just to find a way to get our kids’ confidence up.”

In the opener, Comstock scored two runs in the second inning with both runs scoring on wild pitches. The Colts added an unearned run in the third, stole home for a run in the fifth and scored four runs on five hits in the seventh. Riley Tucker hit a two-run single to highlight the inning for Comstock.

Dowagiac’s first hit was a single from Tony Brooks in the fourth inning. Matt Smith added a double in the seventh for the Chieftains.

In game two, Logan Pellow’s two-run single in the second inning gave Dowagiac a 2-1 lead. But that lead didn’t last for long as Comstock tied the game at 2 after getting an RBI single from Wright.

Turner is pleased with the way Pellow is approaching the game.

“Logan in the last inning had an eight, nine, 10 pitch at-bat,” Turner said. “He fouled off down the line both ways. It was a great at-bat. I love his hustle. He’s taken a leadership role and doing a good job with that. Now, he’s just got to get the other guys to follow what he’s doing.”

Four Dowagiac errors in the fourth inning helped Comstock score three unearned runs in the fourth to take a 5-2 lead.

Chieftains starting pitcher Cal Cox was taken out after the fourth inning. He struck out six and allowed eight hits.

After Dowagiac scored a run on Brett Scanlon’s RBI single to pull within 5-3 in the top of the fifth, Comstock scored six runs on six hits in the bottom of the fifth. Devin Johnson’s three-run double was the big hit in the inning for the Colts. Two Dowagiac errors in that inning helped two of those runs be unearned.

Turner was asked why he removed Cox.

“I want to use him again Friday (against Plainwell),” the Chieftains coach said. “He also threw a lot last week and I didn’t want to burn him all up today.”

Scanlon and Dean Klann each collected two hits for Dowagiac.

“We should have hit the pitcher in the second game better,” Turner said. “We had six errors in that game and that took the wind out of our sails,” Turner said. “We didn’t have the fight to keep going. We got to find a way to get our kids to fight. We’re working on it.”

First game

Comstock 021 010 4 – 8 10 2

Dowagiac 000 000 0 – 0 2 3

Dylan Wright (W) and Austin Lansky; Dean Klann (L), Ryne Willming (5) and Brett Scanlon

2B: Lansky (C), Matt Smith (D)

Second game

Dowagiac 020 010 0 – 3 7 6

Comstock 110 360 x – 11 14 4

Cal Cox (L), Austin Broda (5) and Brett Scanlon; Matt French (W) and Austin Lansky.

2B: Devin Johnson (C)

Records

Comstock 10-10, 6-4 Wolverine; Dowagiac 4-17-1, 1-8-1 Wolverine

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