Baseball falls to Clayton


Clayton scored 10-unanswered runs while Evan Phillips struck out 10 Garner hitters as the Comets defeated the Trojans 10-2 on Thursday night at Pleasant Field.

Garner (6-9, 4-5) scored one of their two runs in the opening inning as Brandon Tant led off the game with a solo home run to right field, his second of the year and also his second in as many games.

The Trojans added another run in the top of the second when Aquail Sanders grounded out to bring home Connor Torruella who singled to lead off the inning.

Clayton (12-3, 9-1) tied the game in the bottom of the second against Will Norris (L 4-4) when Josh Canipe homered to left.

After the Comets took the lead in the third on a two-run single Taylor Daves to take a 4-2 lead. The Trojans mounted their final threat against Phillips (W 5-2). Garner got back to back one out singles from Torruella and Norris but couldn't cash in as a pair of strikeouts ended the frame.

The big inning came in the fourth as the Comets struck four times against relief pitcher, Alec Hulmes. The big hit of the inning came once Taylor Keele who singled home a run and a Garner error allowed another run to score and after four innings of play, Clayton had an 8-2 lead.

The Comets added two more runs in the fifth to defeat Garner by the 10-2 margin.

Garner will be back in action on Thursday at home in the opening game of their spring break tournament.

**JV Baseball defeats Clayton 9-5**

Softball outlasts Clayton

In a game that was 0-0 after seven, Garner and Clayton played free softball on Thursday night. After 8, 9, 10 and 11 innings the game was still scoreless.

Garner finally broke through against Nicole Bond in the top of the 12th as Raven Smith tripled with the bases loaded to give the Lady Trojans their first and only lead of the game as they defeated Clayton 4-0 in 12 innings.

Garner will be back in action following spring break.