Comets Collapse in Middle Innings The Trojans Watch at The Plate
The Comets sent 15 batters to first base without making them swing a bat in their 14-4 collapse to Barnesville Thursday.
The Comets built a lead in the 3rd inning off a lead-off single by Reggie Undseth. Undseth moved to 2nd base after reading Barneseville's catcher and getting a good jump to start his stolen base attempt. After an attempted pick-off move, Undseth rounded 3rd and scored. Senior Evan Malmstrom followed Undseth's lead on the base path, reaching second following a walk and wild pitch, scoring off Sean McGuire's single to right field. McGuire followed suit by stealing second base and finding home plate after Chris Tungseth's single.
The 3-2 lead for the Comets was short lived as Barnesville capitalized on a tough outing from Senior Jared Christenson, who was off the mark early, giving up the first 8 runs on four hits, 6 walks, and 3 hit batters. The Trojans put together a 6-run 4th inning and a 5-run 6th inning, sitting the Comets down looking for arms that could hit the strike zone as the Trojans stood watching pitches and walking to first base.
Coach Steve Undseth commented, "It got pretty ugly when we couldn't get the ball over the plate. you can't give 15 free passes and expect to beat anybody." The Comets finished April with a 4-4 record, looking to start May with a win on Monday at 5pm.