Sophomore ace Sean McGuire led his Hillcrest Comets with an incredible performance, allowing 4 hits and striking out 6 batters Thursday night.
"It was an extremely well pitched game by both players," noted Hillcrest coach Steve Undseth. "I am so proud of Sean; he is only a sophomore and already shows such poise on the mound and the plate." The Comet hurler kicked the dust off the rubber and stared down the plate each inning, never facing more than 4 batters in a frame.
McGuire's confidence was high as he stood on the mound, likely due to Hillcrest's quick-strike offense. Senior Evan Malmstrom led-off by reaching base, joined by McGuire before Chris Tungseth sent them home with a ripping line drive single to center that couldn't be fielded by Brandon-Evansville's center-fielder.
As the sun started to set on the game, a soft orange hue rising on the players backs, Senior Jared Christenson crushed a double down the left field line. A series of strong at-bats earned the Comets their scoring inspite of Brandon-Evansville's top pitcher, Tom Bosek's 11 strike-outs.
Bosek allowed one earned run throughout the contest, with errors extending offensive opportunities for the Comets. Brandon-Evansville coach Brian Perleberg was impressed with the way the teams played. "Give Hillcrest credit as they played a very nice ballgame. The game was close all the way, and both defenses made huge plays on the other team's base runners."
The Comets play host to Wheaton, another accomplished team, on Friday, April 17 at 5pm.