Aasness Homerun Propels Comets to 7th Inning Battle with Trojans
With two 3 game weeks in front of them the Lady Comets look to make a push over the .500 mark with half the season to play. At 2-4 the Comets faced Barnseville in an area contest that saw great pitching, head-down hitting, and some speed on the basepath that has been the hallmark of the Comets this season.
Junior Megan Aasness is making a name for herself using precision bat movement and quick feet out of the box to land base-hit bunts, painting the corners of the infield. Her Remembrandt-like talent with the bat lulled the Trojans in the second inning. Aasness took a perfect pitch over the left-field fence for her first career homerun. Aasness' focus was incredible at the plate, leading the Comets with three hits, scoring three times and driving in two runs.
Hillcrest's offensive production was spotted across the line-up card on Monday afternoon. Aasness led-off in the order, Abby Taylor two spots down produced 4 hits, 3 of which were doubles. Pitcher Laura Tungseth took to the plate a few batters later and produced 2 hits, with Annie Murphy providing the other offensive boost a few batters later giving 3 hits to the Comet scorecard. "Megan, Annie, Abby, and Laura are hitting well, and I hope their success becomes contagious. Every girl on our team can hit, but some seem to be lacking confidence," notes head coach Craig Nersten. "Our hope is that we can turn things around for the second half of the season."
The Comets jumped to an early lead Monday afternoon, racking up a 5-0 score going into the 5th inning. However, the Trojans pulled together a strong 6th inning, with the Comets matching a run and leveling the playing field at 6-6 going into the final frame. Tallying 12 hits on the day, the Trojans mustered a 3-run 7th inning, a rally the Comets couldn't overcome as they pulled out 1 run in the 7th and were left heading to their bench following the final out of a 9-7 heartbreak loss for Senior Laura Tungseth.