The Comets pushed 1 runner across in the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead over the Warriors Friday afternoon, but that wasn't enough to stave off the respected Warriors in the Comets home opener.
The Warriors jumped ahead 2-1 off a few errors by the Comets in the 3rd inning. With Chris Tungseth stepping off the mound, and the Comet fielders dusting off their gloves, Hillcrest took to their bats and answered in the 4th, scoring both Chris Tungseth and Jared Christenson who led off the inning with base hits. Jordan Foss tapped an expert bunt that led to a base hit and scored Christenson from third. With Tungseth advancing across the diamond on the play he took a taunting lead during the next at bat. Drawing a pick-off attempt that hit the third base fence, Tungseth crossed home plate with a smile, and the Comets stood tall with a 3-2 lead.
Boe Brunson, of the Wheaton Warriors, tied the game 3-3 with a 2-out single in the 6th. Deadlocked at 3-3, the game progressed into extra innings. After a scoreless frame the Comets made two errors in the top of the ninth. Wheaton manufactured 2 hits following the mistakes, scoring Brunson and Blake Coffman taking the lead 5-3. Hillcrest couldn't produce an offensive run against Wheaton's Eric Schwegel, who pitched the inning contest to completion and picked-up the win.
The Comets left the bases loaded twice and commited 5 errors as a team. Eric Schwegel sat down 6 Comets on strikes during the contest, allowing only 8 hits in 9 innings. Tungseth followed Schwegel, going 9 innnings as well, only giving up 2 earned runs.
Coach Steve Undseth was optomistic following the hardfought loss this early in the season, "We had a couple chances for big innings...In a tight game like this, that is often the difference...Chris has had too many tough luck losses like this the past couple years, but the season is still young, and we are looking forward to some more big pitching performances out of him before we're done.
This tough loss drops the Comets to 2-1 on the season.