GREEN MOUNTAIN - Two days, two games, two run-rule shortened victories for BCLUW.
The Comets tallied seven hits and took advantage of seven errors by GMG to take a 10-0 decision in non-conference baseball action Tuesday night.
Cole Thompson went the distance in the five-inning contest for the complete-game shutout for BCLUW (2-0), which was just 24 hours removed from a 17-2 win over Northeast Hamilton that featured a no-hitter from Zach Cashin in the four-inning game.
T-R PHOTO BY TRAVIS HINES
BCLUW’s Chad Dolphin, left, and Cole Thompson high-five after Thompson scored in the second inning of the Comets’ 10-0, 5-inning victory over GMG on Tuesday in Green Mountain. Thompson pitched a complete-game shutout with nine strikeouts and just one hit allowed.
"We've gotten two real strong pitching performances," said Zoske.
Thompson allowed just one hit and struck out nine for the Comets.
"He moves the ball around, does a really good job throwing in and out," said Zoske. "When he has to, he's going to make the pitch and get out of a situation, get a guy out. He's really a competitor.
"A lot of times it's more about the guy throwing it than what he's throwing."
Robert Sharp had two hits, one a double, to go along with three RBIs to lead the Comets at the plate.
Chad Dolphin and Joel Steckelberg both drove in one run.
"We did a lot better job tonight of putting the ball in play and making the other team work," Zoske said. "We really try to put pressure on teams and the first couple nights we've been doing that."
The Comets, though, got some help from a very young Wolverines (0-1) squad.
BCLUW scratched across two runs in the first inning without notching a hit before taking advantage of an error, a wild pitch and a passed ball in the second for four runs.
The Wolverines have just three seniors and one junior on the roster this season.
"We were young last year, we're still young this year," said GMG head coach Matt Butler. "We've got lots of work to do, but the thing I like about these guys is the heart. They keep working hard."
"We're only going to get better. Those guys expect to win," he added, "and that's a great mindset to have, even when you're a young team."
Sophomore Tyler Thurston broke up Thompson's and GMG's bid for a second-consecutive no-no with his leadoff single in the fourth inning, the only hit for the Wolverines.
BCLUW has now surrendered just two runs and one hit over two games to start the season.
"We got the big pitches when we needed them and made a couple plays in the field," said Zoske. "You put that all together and teams aren't going to score a lot of runs when you've got a guy working a couple different pitches and guys making plays in the field."
The Comets will take today off before traveling to Wapsie Valley on Thursday and North Tama on Friday. BCLUW will have its home opener Monday when these same Wolverines and Twin Cedars visit Beamon for the Comets' annual Memorial Day tournament.
GMG travels to Dunkerton tonight before hosting Meskwaki Settlement Friday.