Wet and dreary weather came back to the area on Thursday as the Hillcrest Academy Comets softball team took on the Cowboys in Breckenridge. The Comets pulled out the low scoring game winning 2-1.
Pitcher Laura Tungseth was exceptional, striking out 11 Cowgirls, and recording her second win of the week.
"Laura got us out of a couple critical jams and had some huge strike outs," commented Coach Craig Nersten.
Tungseth struck out the side in both the 1st and 5th innings.
Both teams struggled getting their offenses going as neither team scored through the first four innings. After back to back singles by Megan Aasness and Annie Murphy in the 5th inning, Aasness found herself looking to score from 3rd base. For the 6th time this season Aasness seized the opportunity and stole home, giving the Comets a 1-0 lead. Meanwhile, Tungseth continued to hold off the Cowboy's offense with her great pitching and some help from her teammates behind her.Maddie Veum scored an insurance run in the 7th for the Comets which later proved to be the game winner.
With 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th, with the Comets up 2-0, the Cowboys had consecutive hits and capitalized on 2 Comet misplays. The Cowboys cut the lead in half and had a runner in scoring position. Tungseth fanned the next batter and sealed the victory for the Comets.
Offensive leaders for the Comets were Annie Murphy, 3-4 with 2 doubles, and Megan Aasness, 2-4 with 2-4 with a stolen base and a run scored. The Comets are now 4-5 overall.