Comet comeback comes up short
Two teams that expect to contend for an Eastern Valley Conference baseball championship this season met for the first time April 27.
Clintonville held off Waupaca’s seventh-inning rally and returned home with a 5-4 win.
The Truckers, who hosted the Comets April 28 in a rematch, improved to 5-2 in conference play and 6-2 overall, while the Comets fell to 3-2 in the EVC and 5-2 overall.
Clintonville got on the board in the top of the fourth inning on Kyle Finger’s two-run single.
However, the Comets’ Johnny Popham tied the game in the fifth with a two-run home run over the center field fence.
The Truckers took advantage of a Comet error in the sixth and scored three runs to take a 5-2 lead.
Waupaca scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh on wild pitches and had the tying run at the plate.
Waupaca outhit the Truckers 8-7. Owen McCann had three hits for Waupaca, while Shane Olsen added two. Nick Hogen had two hits for Clintonville and also scored twice.
Jaden Doornink picked up the win on the mound and Popham took the loss.