Jared Christenson went 4 for 4 with 3 doubles and 4 RBI's to lead a 15-hit Comet attack, and Reggie Undseth pitched 6 strong innings to lead Hillcrest to an 11-2 victory over the Breckenridge Cowboys Thursday evening at Legion Field.
Evan Malmstrom went 3 for 5 and scored 3 runs while Jordan Foss went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs, and Chris Tungseth and Jonathan Eckhardt each went 2 for 3 to lend solid support to the cause.
Undseth allowed 8 hits while striking out 6 and walking only one batter. A 2-run single by Austin Ramos with 2 outs in the 5th accounted for the only runs by the Cowboys. Carson Yaggie was saddled with the loss.
The Comets jumped ahead with a 2-out rally in the first when Evan Malmstrom singled, stole 2nd, and scored on Jared Christenson's first hit. Chris Tungseth followed with back-to-back doubles to make it 3-0. They added another run in the 3rd when Christenson doubled and scored on Tungseth's single.
Singles by Malmstrom and Sean McGuire set up a bases-clearing double by Christenson to increase the Comet lead to 6-0 in the 4th inning. They nearly ended the game in the 5th when the Comets batted around to score 5 more runs. Jonathan Eckhardt started the fireworks with a double, Collin Erickson walked, and Reggie Undseth was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Evan Malmstrom's 3rd hit scored one run, an error scored two, Christenson's third double scored another, and Foss' third hit made it 11-2. He was then tagged out in a rundown an eyeblink before Tungseth scored the would-be game winner.
Coach Steve Undseth said, "It was good to see us break loose with the bats, our highest output of the season with 15 hits. Jared is just crushing it right now, plus we had 4 other guys come up with multi-hit games tonight. We fielded the ball well (our first errorless game of the year), and Reggie pitched a terrific game with just one walk. I thought a key was the first inning when Breck had runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out, and Reggie got their 3-4-5 hitters out on a strikeout and two pop-ups. Then we came up and put a crooked number on the board with 3 clutch two-out hits. That set the tone for the game. I don't remember the last time we had 7 doubles in a game either. It was a good night at the ballpark."