Brandon-Evansville ended their season with a win last year. They earned 3rd place and boasted a strong team. It is likely the Chargers felt they were staring at mirrored image of their team last year, boding well for the Comets who return a nearly full lineup and are threatening a State run this year.
Sean McGuire stands on the mound most days for the Comets. He is the first building block that is causing many teams to realize Hillcrest is a wall between every team in the section and a trip to Target Field for State. Friday, McGuire showed Brandon-Evansville some of the tools he has in his pocket. McGuire went 3-for-4 at the plate, knocking in a run on 2 singles and a double. McGuire tore up the base path for the Comets, scoring twice on his way to earning the first win of the season from the mound. McGuire pitched 5 solid innings, allowing one hit and striking out 8 with great command.
Behind McGuire sits a team that is showing they're more than a back-up to McGuire's pitching. The Comets gunned down 4 runners after first base Friday, with only one miscue on a grounder in their first game of the season. In saving McGuire's arm, Steve Undseth, Hillcrest's head coach, called on Senior Chris Tungseth to tie up the game for McGuire. With Brandon-Evansville's bats warming up, Tungseth closed the game out with good command and a decent outing for the first game of the year.
Tungseth helped his cause by knocking in 2 RBIs on the night, scoring twice in his time at the plate. Reggie Undseth followed McGuire and Tungseth's lead, landing on first base 3 times to steal 2 bases on the day while tapping in an RBI.
The stat line shows that the Comets came to play, but the first inning at the plate for the Comets proved to set the tone for their first game of the season. Undseth led off with a walk. Jordan Foss followed suit. McGuire placed a single into the outfield and Undseth's quick footwork put him across home plate. Tungseth placed a solid double into the outfield, scoring Foss. With McGuire on third base his eyes were glued on home plate. When a third strike was thrown McGuire took off, seeing the ball roll away from Brandon-Evansville's catcher who was looking to get the out at first base. With McGuire stealing home, Hillcrest went up 3-0. Austin Perleberg-Hunt placed a single past the infield and Tungseth moved from third to home, putting the Comets up 4-0 with precision small-ball played in the first inning.
This momentum fed into the third inning, where Hillcrest batted the entire order. Hits by Trey Bosek, Collin Erickson, Nick Foss, and Undseth put Hillcrest up 8-0 before the midpoint of the game. "It was a lot of fun running around the bases as 7 different guys scored," noted Steve Undseth after the game. "It was a great outing for our first game of the season."
Hillcrest opens their home field at the Legion Field on Monday, April 18 at 5pm.