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Moore paces Comets past Arabs

Moore paces Comets past Arabs

SAN MARCOS, CA (3/6/2020) ---- Freshman pitcher Raquel "Rocky" Moore made good on her first start for Palomar College as she spun a four-hit shutout and added two hits at the plate in the Comets' 7-0 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball victory over Imperial Valley.

Moore (1-0) allowed singles in the second and fourth innings before retiring nine straight batters going into the seventh inning. Imperial Valley's first two batters of the seventh reached base with singles to put runners at the corners with no outs, but Moore then struck out the side to preserve the shutout.

"It was nice to get her out there," head coach Lacey Craft said of Moore, a right-hander who walked two batters and struck out seven. "She still has a lot of work to do, but so does everyone else on the team.

"We're still a work in progress."

The Comets, who improved to 4-0 in conference and 15-3 overall, got off to a quick start with a three-run first inning which was capped by a run-scoring double to center field by Moore. The rally began with a leadoff walk to sophomore catcher Kendall Kates and was continued by a run-scoring triple by sophomore right fielder Samantha Renteria, an IVC throwing error and a bloop double to right by sophomore first baseman Rylee Penrod.

Palomar added two runs in the fourth with the help of an outfield error, singles by freshman second baseman Aiyana Hernandez and freshman shortstop Samarah Martinez, and a sacrifice fly to center by Penrod.

The Comets padded their lead with two more runs in the sixth inning as Penrod added another sacrifice fly to right to score Kates and Moore singled to left to score Martinez.

Kates, Martinez and Moore had two hits apiece for the Comets, who finished with 10 hits while dropping the Arabs to 0-4 in the PCAC and 4-6 on the season.

Palomar will host El Camino in a nonconference game on Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m. before going on the road for two weeks. The Comets will return home on Friday, March 20, for a PCAC contest against San Diego Mesa at 1 p.m.