As Megan Aasness glanced towards the third base line her grip on the bat tightend. Stepping back into the batters box, Aasness laid down a bunt that started her trip around the bases, evening the score at one and propelling the Comets to a 10-3 rout of the Pelican Rapids Vikings.
Aasness, Annie Murphy, and Abby Taylor hit the ball very well on the sunny Monday afternoon at Hannah Park. Hillcrest saw the ball well as it approached the plate, stringing together 12 hits. The Comets aggressive base-running had the Vikings on their heels, stealing 8 bases in the contest and allowing Senior Laura Tungseth the opportunity to work all corners of the plate, allowing 2 earned runs over 7 innings of work.
The Vikings worked to put together a number of runs against the Comets. Jumping on Tungseth's change-ups the Vikings strung a few bloopers to left fielder Kari Simonsen. Simonsen's resolve on the field saved a number of scoring opportunities, holding corner-fence hits to doubles and working to shield her eyes from the sun in pop-up situations. Coach Craig Nersten was very proud of Simonsen's play, especially after losing her father to cancer days before the game. "To come out and play, and do well, just after losing her dad is pretty incredible." Simonsen's play shined on the field as her team has supported her off the field the past few days. It is easy to see the stength of the Comets is not only in their bats and gloves, but in the support and encouragement showering from their bench.
The Comets will play Brandon-Evansville Tuesday night.