Monday, June 8, 2015

WEEK NINE: Comets drop two tough ones to Irish

GAME ONE:  The Comets spent the entire day chasing the Irish and were unable to get the clutch hits in the double header to come out victorious. Andrew Dean and Matt Allen each had a pair of hits and a RBI in the loss. Dean was on deck when the game ended in a 5-4 loss.

GAME TWO:  Andrew Dean made it a four hit day with two more in the second contest. Andrew Napoli drove in two with a RBI double in sixth inning to erase a 5-0 hole and they Comets eventually tied the game on a Matt Allen flight out that scored Adam Goldstein.
However the Irish got one run in the bottom of the seventh inning for the 6-5 win, handing Clancy Philbrick the hard luck loss. Philbrick settled in a had pitched three consecutive scoreless innings prior to the sac fly in the seventh inning.

The Comets (4-10) are at Latshaw/McCarthy in Norristown next week to face the Red Sox (6-8).

Monday, June 1, 2015

WEEK EIGHT: Comets struggle to close out Colt .45s

GAME ONE:  Veteran GPMABL pitcher has had the Comets number this season. He had held the top offense down in both games he has pitched this season. On Sunday it was to the tune of a 5-3 loss.
Jason Rompola, the defending league MVP and Single Season Hit King had one hit and two runs scored in the loss. Phil Motley again went the distance in a losing effort.

GAME TWO: The offense showed a little life as Matt Allen had two hits and Andrew Marcus had three hits in the 11-8 loss to the Colts.
The Comets had a 5-4 lead after Allen's RBI single in the fifth inning, only to see the Colts come to life once starter Clancy Philbrick exited the game.

The Comets (4-8) play the Irish (9-3) next week at Germantown Academy.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WEEK SIX: Goldy's Granny gives Comets series split with Royals

GAME ONE:  The Comets wasted little time against the Kensington Royals. They showed their Franklin Division competitors they were an offense to not be taken lightly. The fifth year man Adam Goldstein gave up baby duties for another Sunday and put the good guys out in from with his first inning Grand Slam. It was his third career home run, all leading to a 10-7 win.
Brian Chernuta drove in his first run as a Comet and the Andrews - Dean, Napoli, and Marcus - combined for five of the team's 10 hits. The run support was all in favor of ace Phil Motley, who went the distance for the third straight start, and improved his record to 3-1 on the season.

GAME TWO: The Royals pitched their ace in lefty Russel Kessinger, but the Comets battled him. He walked seven and threw well over 100 pitches. The Comets approach at the plate forced them to go to the bullpen in the seventh inning.
There the Comets crawled within one run, but the 5-4 loss made it 5 one-run losses this season. Gavin White had two hits and two RBIs in the loss. Clancy Philbrick was the hard-luck loser as the defense behind him made two untimely errors to allow the Royals a decisive four run inning.

The Comets are off for Week Seven and Memorial Day and then back in action against the Colts on May 31st at Villanova Ballpark in Plymouth.

Gavin White is four hits away from 150 career hits, which would put him 5th on the GPMABL All-Time hit list.

Monday, May 4, 2015

WEEK FOUR: Comets cannot fight off the Irish

GAME ONE: Make it four losses now for the Comets this season. Besides the game when they lost their starting pitcher to an injury in the first inning they have held a lead in the late innings of every game and could make a strong case for being 5-1 this season.
But instead the new-look Comets stand at 3-5 after a 6-5 loss to the Irish as they scored two in the seventh inning to rally past Phil Motley. Motley once again was strong the mound, limiting the big inning and giving his offense every chance to capitalize.
Matt Gionta and Andrew Marcus scored on a Gavin White fielder choice in the inning and White and Matt Allen would come around in the sixth inning after Allen and Andrew Napoli doubles.

GAME TWO: Gavin White did his best to swing momentum in the Comets favor, but it just was not enough. His first inning home-run got things going and he pitched a solid last two innings in relief, but to no prevail.
Clancy Philbrick battled through five innings and gave the Comets every chance to earn the series split. Matt Gionta had a big RBI double in the sixth inning to square things up at six runs a piece before the Irish pushed one across in the seventh inning.

Monday, April 27, 2015

WEEK THREE: Comets split with Colt .45s

GAME ONE:  As we welcomed back to old faces to the fold, Phil Motley was up to same old tricks once again. Guided by his longtime catcher Matt Gionta, Motley pitched his first complete game of the season for a 5-2 win. In seven innings he allowed four hits and two unearned runs. That is now 17 innings for Motley this season without allowing an earned run.
It was a Kyle Riley triple in the third inning tat gave the Comets a two-run lead they would never relinquish. Gavin White also had a pair of RBIs in the win.

GAME TWO: Matt Allen did his best to put the team on his back after starter Angelo Capria exited the game in the first inning with an injury. However other than a red hot Kyle Riley, who added two more hits to his team high total of 11, the veteran Colts right-hander Ian Downes got the best of the Comets lineup for a 14-0  win.
Carlos Perez ripped a single down the third base line in his first at-bat and Mike Bertha extended the game with a double down the first base line in the final inning. That was it for the offense.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

WEEK TWO: Comets take two tough-luck losses against Angels

GAME ONE:  Phil Motley was up to his old tricks at Germantown Academy and the Comets held a 3-1 lead after six innings. Motley scattered four hits and struck out four in the no decision. However a few balls bounced the wrong way in the seventh innings and the Angels tied the game. The Angels grabbed a 4-3 win in eight innings and as the Comets were held hitless over the last four innings by Matt Kalos. Clancy Philbrick had his first career base hit with Comets in the loss.

GAME TWO:  Philbrick took the ball in game two and was cruising through the first three innings as the Angels did not record a hit the first time around their lineup. While the Angels broke through with a nine-run fourth inning, the Comets showed they never quit with nine runs of their own in the top of fifth inning. The Comets received a two-run double from Andrew Dean in the last inning to bring the Comets within one run, but were unable to get that one more clutch hit needed and fell 13-12. Gavin White had a pair of RBIs and a pair of doubles in the loss.

The Comets will look to rebound at Germantown Academy next week against the Colt .45s.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

WEEK ONE: Comets crush Brawlers on Opening Day

GAME ONE  - The Philadelphia Comets could not wait to get the season started, but by 4 p.m. on Sunday they were happy to see it end. The new look Comets were even happier to come away with the sweep of the Brawlers at Latshaw/McCarthy Field in Norristown.
Phil Motley got the nod in the opener and mowed down the Brawlers bats, leading the Comets to a 15-6 victory. The eighth-year man overcame inning blunders that allowed three runs to cross. The defense settled in and Motley went to work, striking out eight over four innings.
Angelo Capria came in relief and fanned six over his three innings to earn his first career save for the Comets.
Motley also had three hits and four runs at the plate. Veterans Gavin White and Kyle Riley each had three hits as did newcomer Andrew Napoli.
It was the first career managerial win for Andrew Marcus.

GAME TWO -  The Comets wasted little time showing they are still the franchise that has been in three-consecutive title series. They sent 19 players to the plate in the first inning, scoring 14 runs, eventually leading to a 19-8 win.
Clancy Philbrick made his Comets debut and dazzled, keeping the Brawlers off-balance. The tall righty threw one-hit ball over four innings before giving way to the bullpen.
Napoli was at it again with another three hits and Marcus helped himself get managerial win number two with three hits.

In total the Comets had 36 clean hits in the win and scored 34 runs. After a long day of baseball they will rest all week and be back in action next week at Germantown Academy against the Aston Angels.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


After weeks of anticipation the 2015 GPMABL schedule was announced on April 1st by commissioner Brett Mandel.The new look Comets will sorely miss LaSalle Univeristy and DeVincent Field, but as in other ways this season, the team will fight past adversity, work with what they have, and do whatever it takes to win.
Week One the defending Franklin Division champs kick off the season at Latshaw-McCarthy in Norristown against the Quad County Brawlers, who are trying to improve on their 2-23 record from 2014.
The Comets will spend the next two weeks at Germantown Academy and get their first off week for Mother's Day on May 10th.
Other games to look forward to fall on Father's Day, when the Comets play a single nine-inning game against the Philadelphia Muckdogs. After beating the Muckdogs in the GPMABL championship in 2012 & 2013, the Brian Smith-led squad got the best of the Comets last season.
The Comets sandwich the regular season with the Brawlers again in the last week before starting the playoffs on April 9th.
The All-Star game will once again be at Frawley Stadium, the home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Philadelphia Comets (0-0) vs. Quad County Brawlers (0-0)
@ Latshaw-McCarthy, Norristown


Philadelphia Comets (0-0) vs. Aston Angels (0-0)
@ Germantown Academy, Fort Washington

Philadelphia Comets (0-0) vs. Philadelphia Colt .45s (0-0)
@Villanova Ballpark, Plymouth-Meeting

Philadelphia Comets (0-0) vs. Mayfair Fighting Irish (0-0)
@ Hunting Park, Philadelphia

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


After seven seasons and 161 games Andrew Marcus has taken over a the manager of the Philadelphia Comets. Marcus, has patrolled several positions over the years, with most games played at third base. He is the clubs all-time leader in steals with 62.

Marcus replaces Matt Gionta, who took the team to three straight GPMABL Championship Series winning in 2012 and 2013. Last year he surpassed legend Joe Collins as the clubs' all-time winningest manager.

With the likes of former MVP Gavin White, perennial all-stars Matt Allen and Phil Motley back in the fold, the Comets look to continue its winning ways in the summer of 2015.