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