The Hillcrest Comets were defeated by #1-seeded Ortonville 11-1 in a 2:30 game at Morris on Thursday, putting them in the loser's bracket of the Section 6A tournament. They came back in the second game to defeat Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 12-0 on a one-hitter by Reggie Undseth to advance to the round of 6 next week at Minnewaska Area High School in Glenwood.
The only run Hillcrest was able to manufacture against Ortonville was by Sean McGuire. He singled, advanced to 2nd base on Nick Foss' sacrifice bunt, alertly made it to 3rd when the throw got away from the pitcher on a throwback from the catcher, then scored when the throw trying to get him at third base went to the fence. Nate Treinen's two-run triple and Deric Radermacher's two-run homer were the big hits that broke the game open for the Trojans.
Things went much better for the Comets in the second game as Wolverine starter Austin Kipp struggled with his control. Two walks, two hit batters, and two hits gave Hillcrest a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Jake Steinle, Sam Ihrke, and Brent Ferenczy each had RBIs in the inning. They added three more in the 4th when McGuire and Foss reached on a hit and a walk, then both scored on Undseth's double. Collin Erickson followed with a double of his own to score Undseth.
In the 6th inning the Comets stretched the lead to 12 as Ferenczy and Undseth picked up RBIs and two runs scored on errors. Lukas Adelman broke up the no-hitter with one out in the 6th but Undseth retired the last two batters to preserve the shutout. Undseth struck out 5 while walking just one batter.
After going 2 for 2 with a walk in the first game, McGuire went 3 for 4 (including a triple) in the second game, as did Ferenczy, who drove in two runs with a double and a single.
Coach Steve Undseth said, "We bounced back nicely after a disappointing first game. It was a beautiful day to play two, and we reminded ourselves that having that opportunity was a great blessing. I am grateful for the chance to spend a few more days with these guys, at least the ones that are still around. We have had to bring 4 guys up from the JV to replace those who left for other commitments after graduation, and each of them contributed today. Reggie stepped up and threw brilliantly, enabling us to take advantage of our pitching depth. He was in control the whole game, throwing just 76 pitches."
The Comets will play Parkers Prairie at 2:30 in Glenwood on Tuesday, June 6 in an elimination game for Section 6A.