Undseth and McGuire Key 10-Run Pounce on Wolverines
The Hillcrest Comets defeated the C-G-B Wolverines 12-2 Friday evening as Reggie Undseth had a perfect night: 3 for 3 with a walk, 3 runs scored and 5 RBI on two doubles. He also stole two bases in two attempts and handled 5 chances flawlessly at shortstop to back up pitcher Sean McGuire, who also had an outstanding night: 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI, and a complete game on the mound allowing just 3 hits while striking out 7 Wolverines.
Hillcrest jumped ahead early as McGuire led off the game with a home run and Undseth singled, stole 2nd and came around to score from second on an infield hit by Sam Ihrke to put the Comets up 2-0 in the first inning. They added two more after two outs in the second inning when McGuire singled, Nick Foss was hit by a pitch, and Undseth doubled both runners home.
The Wolverines cut the deficit in half on Bryce Hoffman's two-out single to right in the third inning, but the Comets broke the game open with 5 runs in the 4th. Brent Ferenczy led off with a single, and Shane Stevenson reached on a bunt when C-G-B failed to get the lead runner at 2nd base. McGuire's single scored Ferenczy and Foss followed with a single to load the bases for Undseth, who had a bases-clearing double. Jake Steinle's RBI single scored Undseth to stretch the lead to 9-2 and ended the night for starter Luke Adelman.
The Comets ended the game early with 3 runs in the 6th. Undseth walked and scored on Steinle's triple. Ihrke singled to score Steinle and advanced to second on a passed ball. With two outs a wild pitch advanced Ihrke to third and then he scored when the return throw to the pitcher got away, and Sam alertly scampered home for the game-ending run.
Coach Steve Undseth said, "Reggie came up huge tonight, especially that bases-loaded double in the 4th that created some separation. He had a terrific game as did Sean once again; he really set the tone when he jumped on a 3-1 fastball and drilled it over the fence. It is always nice to be up 1-0 after just one batter (although I can't say that I ever remember it happening for us before). Sam Ihrke and Jake Steinle had some good at bats also, each going 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. It was a fun night at the ballpark."
The win puts Hillcrest at 6-5 in the Pheasant Conference and ends their home season at Legion Field for 2017. They will play Hancock on Monday, May 22 and a doubleheader at Wheaton on Tuesday, May 23 to complete their schedule.