By Garrett Simmons
Westwind Weekly News
It was an up-and-down start to the high school baseball season for the Raymond Comets.
The team lost 16-8 to Catholic Central High School last Saturday, and rebounded to beat Lethbridge Collegiate Institute 11-10 last Monday.
High-scoring games are typical early in the season, as coach Jerry Salmon added Saturday’s contest was an early measuring-stick game for his team.
“CCH seems to have a great team this year,” he said.
Salmon added Boomer Heggie and Liam Leetch will be leaned upon to eat up innings for the Comets on the mound, as Raymond’s overall roster mix includes four rookies and seven seniors, including one playing baseball for the first time, and four players in between.
“We expect to get better as the season progresses,” said Salmon, whose team has a total of eight games on the regular-season schedule.
With the season still in its early stages, the coach added there is room for growth in many phases of the team’s game.
“There isn’t anything specific to a strength or weakness. We don’t have glaring weaknesses, but still need to improve in all areas.”
The Comets took to the field again last Thursday, with a 6 p.m. at Spitz Stadium against Coaldale’s Kate Andrews High school. They lost 13-10. Kate Andrews got out ahead of the Comets before Raymond started coming back in the fifth inning. The game was called for darkness after 6 p.m.
The team is off for the Easter break, before Raymond plays again on Tuesday, April 25 at 5 p.m. at Spitz Stadium against Catholic Central.
League playoffs go May 15 and 16, with the championship game May 18 at 7 p.m. at Spitz Stadium.