05-16-2019 Tri-City Area Sports

Coloma Press Box By Dave Vollrath

Changes approved by MHSAA regarding football playoffs, and basketball post season

There were some big changes approved last week by the Michigan High School Athletic Association, and the overall consensus should be one of approval. Starting with the 2020 football season, just getting six wins will no longer guarantee a team to get into the playoffs. MHSAA will be instituting a point system for all teams, and the eight divisions will be determined before the season starts, instead of at the time the teams are drawn, as is currently the case.

This could certainly slow down a lot of the year to year conference jumping, as schools try and find the best way to formulate a schedule that would be favorable for them to get to six wins and an automatic berth into the playoffs.

Starting this next fall, 2019-2020, the basketball districts will seed the teams so the best two teams in any district would not face each other until the finals of that week. Currently, the teams are basically drawn out of a hat and there would be many instances where the top two teams in a district could face each other on the first night. The newly instituted system should be much more fan friendly, which is always a positive thing.

Comet baseball wins a pair at Fennville

The Coloma Comet baseball team traveled to Fennville last Monday, May 6, and came home with a pair of victories, which kept them undefeated at 6-0 in the SAC conference.

The Comets used the same formula for each game as they won game one by a 7-1 score, and game 2 by a 5-0 shutout. Game one had the Comets leading 2-1 going into the seventh inning, and then they erupted for five big runs. Hunter Crist, who went all the way on the mound for Coloma, shut the Blackhawks down in the seventh to gain the victory.

PITCHERS’ DUEL… Coloma’s Hunter Crist lets a pitch fly Friday evening as Watervliet pitcher Garrett Matthews readies in the batter’s box. Both pitchers completed their respective seven-inning efforts, with Crist taking the win 4-2. Watervliet would go on to win the nightcap 5-2. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

Hunter only gave up two hits in the game as he struck out seven and issued only one base on balls. Leading the Comet offense was Nate Wilder who banged out a double and had 2 RBI, as Ian Ishmael also had a double.

Ethan Price then pitched a 3-hit shutout against the home team, as Coloma only had a 1-0 lead heading into the seventh. Coloma then plated four big runs to go on to earn a 5-0 win. Price struck out eight and issued one free pass. The Comets played outstanding defense in both games in backing their pitchers. Price, Nick Eastman, Ian Ishmael, Kenyon Boyd, and Jake Ickes each picked up a hit for the Comets.

Comet boys lose first conference game of year as they split with Watervliet

The Comets played host to their neighbors Friday May 10, and came away with a split as they won the first game 4-2, before falling 5-2 in the night cap. Hunter Crist pitched another gem for Coloma as he gave up only three hits, and struck out nine, while not giving up a walk.

The Comets had just enough offense with some timely hits to win the first game. Ethan Price and Nick Eastman each knocked in two runs for Coloma, as Price had a double and Eastman two singles. The second game started with the Comets offering up some early runs to the Panthers courtesy of a couple of errors, and Coloma trailed 5-1 going into the bottom of the seventh.

The Comets plated one run and had the tying runs on base and the winning run at the plate, but couldn’t get the big hit they needed, as they lost 5-2. Ethan Price had three hits for Coloma including a double, and Kevin Hearn added two hits to the Coloma attack. Ethan