"Sean was masterful on the mound, mixing his fastball and off-speed pitches with great precision. It is such a pleasure to watch him pitch," commented Comet Coach Steve Undseth as his team swatted gloves and lined-up to shake hands with the Ashby Arrows in a 6-0 Comet win Friday night.
Sean McGuire might well have worn a lab coat and safety goggles to the ball park Friday night. His precision pitching dissected the Ashby Arrows and left them exposed. Through six frames McGuire sat 13 batters down on strikes, allowing only one hit during his time on the mound. McGuire's lights-out performance gave the Comets time to warm up their bats, where the only scoring for the night came after six innings of pitching and defense.
Reggie Undseth fed off McGuire's dominant performance with a leadoff hit in the 6th inning. He stole second base, opening first for Jordan Foss, who watched four pitches sail outside the strike zone. With Foss' walk, McGuire stepped in and placed a masterful hit to right field, scoring Undseth, moving Foss to third. The simple hit was all the scoring McGuire would need in helping his cause for the win. But the rest of Comets wanted a piece of the action.
McGuire stole second during the next at bat. A wild pitch sent Foss home and McGuire to third. With McGuire threatening to steal home, a common trait of the Comets in their small ball, take-what-you-can-get base running, Chris Tungseth stepped in and peered down the right field line. With the crack of the bat Tungseth sent a pop fly to the outfield, allowing McGuire to tag-up and go home. Tungseth's sacrifice fly put the Comets up 3-0 with 1 out.
With the bases empty, Coach Undseth sought to fill them up for another Comet run of scoring. Sending his consistent underclassman batters, Trey Bosek and Collin Erickson, to the plate, Undseth saw two Comets on the base path before Ashby went to their bullpen. After the warm-up pitches Undseth watched Jake Steinle nail a 2-run single to the outfield and saw Ashby scramble to control their relays. Steinle's hustle on the bases brought him to third base where he watched a passed ball give him an in-the-park home run. Steinle's hustle gave Hillcrest a 6-0 lead and closed scoring for the night.
With the win Hillcrest is showing themselves to be a never-say-die team. Their win propels them to a 3-2 record. Ashby is looking forward to a rematch on Monday at 4:30pm in Ashby.