Dickson coach Heath Gilbert said it: The Comets are “living and dying” with two pitchers, Paul Veach and Jacob Holcom.


Dickson coach Heath Gilbert said it: The Comets are “living and dying” with two pitchers, Paul Veach and Jacob Holcom.

Well, he used both of them Monday against Madill, and both delivered.

Veach improved to 4-0 and Holcom picked up the save as the Comets took down the Wildcats 7-6.

Veach gave up four runs on five hits and walked three in 4 1/3 innings.

“My team backed me up,” he said. “We played good small ball.”

And organized a pair of rallies to get the job done.

Dickson (8-2) broke a 4-all tie with three runs in the fourth inning. Dalton Davis scored off an error on Britt Jones’ at-bat, Jamie Reed doubled in Jones with one out, and Luke Betterton hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Brendon Tucker.

The Comets had scored four runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead, thanks in part to a two-run single by Holcom. A fielding error against pitcher Brad Avery allowed Betterton to score on Dustin Kennedy’s at-bat, and Davis flew out to left field to send Holcom home.

Holcom was Dickson’s only multiple hitter, going 2-for-3. He gave up two runs on one hit in the last 2 2/3 innings.

The Comets lined four hits off Avery, who struck out four and hit three batters. Jake Vinson pitched two hitless innings for Madill.

“When you get down, you got to go out there with a little confidence, and Brad didn’t have his best stuff,” Madill coach Randy Rushing said.

Veach struggled at times as well. He also hit three batters and only K’d one.

“I didn’t throw great, but my team backed me up,” Veach said.

He gave up three runs in the first on an Avery triple and two fielding errors. Holden Cass and Vinson hit back-to-back doubles in the second, Vinson’s liner bringing in Cass before he was thrown out in an attempt to turn the double into a triple.

The Wildcats pulled within 7-6 in the sixth. The Comets tried to turn a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the inning, but Reed inadvertently threw off the helmet of Spencer Lawrence at second, and two runs scored as the ball ricocheted into left field.

Vinson was 2-for-4 to lead Madill.

“It was big to beat a 4A club,” said Gilbert, whose Comets also are in 4A. “We’re a senior-laden ballclub with sophomores who really contribute.”

I.C. Murrell
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