Klopf earns 200th win

May 31, 2018

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

The Coleman softball team played a tough Beaverton team on the road on Tuesday, in its final tune-up before the post-season. The Comets dropped the first game 2-1 in 11 innings but bounced back to win the second contest 6-5. The win also gave head coach Chad Klopf his 200th career victory.

The first game was scoreless through the first nine innings as Coleman’s Faith Barden and Beaverton’s Faith Howe traded scoreless frames.

The Lady Comets took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 10th on a RBI single by Brianna Townsend, scoring Kenzie Miller.

Beaverton tied the game with a run in the bottom of the 10th and added a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 11th.

“These are the types of games that put us in positions that we might see in the tournament,” Klopf said.

Townsend finished with two hits for the Comets.

Jaden Berthume got the win in game two, as she pitched all seven innings and gave up two earned runs on 10 hits and a walk.

Coleman led 5-1 through the first four innings but had to survive a Beaver rally late to hang on for the victory.

“Another situation that gets a team ready for the post-season,” Klopf said. “Pulling out a win over Beaverton was a great way to pick up win number 200 of my career. A lot of stress and worries are off my mind now, I was worried sitting at 199 would be a curse moving forward, but it is out of the way and we are ready to get the post-season started. I’ve coached so many great girls while reaching the 200 win milestone. These wins have been all about the girls and the great teams we’ve had over the past nine seasons.”

The Comets were led by Abigail Tubbs with two hits, one RBI and two runs, Annabelle Bovee had two hits and an RBI with Berthume and Barden getting a double and a single each. Miller and Townsend had two hits each as well.

On Saturday the Comets went 2-1 in its home tournament.

Coleman had a 5-0 win over Benzie Central. Barden got the win, giving up one hit and striking out 17 batters.

Jaden Berthume had three hits and one RBI, Autumn Tubbs had two hits and one RBI, Annabelle Bovee had a triple, Townsend had a double and Barden added one RBI.

The Comets followed that with an 8-1 win over Shepherd. Berthume was the winner, giving up one unearned run in four innings of work. Barden tossed the final three innings and gave up one hit and walked one.

Miller had two hits, two runs, two walks and one RBI, Berthume had two hits, two runs and one RBI, Barden had a double and two RBI, Autumn Tubbs had two RBI and Abigail Tubbs had an RBI double.

The Comets ended the tournament with a 7-1 loss to Garber. Berthume suffered the setback while Autumn Tubbs had two hits and one RBI. Abigail Tubbs added two hits as well.

Coleman (24-9 overall) plays Beal City in a division four district semi-final on Saturday in Vestaburg. Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart and Vestaburg play in the other semi-final.

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