HLA wins third straight [UPDATED]Published 10:54am Tuesday, April 24, 2012 Updated 12:24pm Tuesday, April 24, 2012
In a beautiful day for softball, the Hillcrest Lady Comets softball squad defeated the Vikings of Pelican Rapids 23-2, behind the pitching of Alyssa Wolderich, who is 3-0 on the season on Monday in Pelican Rapids. The Comets scored 12 runs in the second inning, and seven runs in the third to cruise to the victory in Fergus Falls.
“The Vikings have a very good ball team.” coach Craig Nersten, Comets’ coach. “It certainly didn’t help that their starting pitcher Alyssa Husby was knocked out of the game by a hard line drive back up the middle. The ball hit her square in the thigh and unfortunately after just two more batters she was unable to continue playing. When a team loses their starting pitcher it’s emotionally difficult and often tough to bounce back. No one likes to see a young lady like that get hurt and the Comets wish her well.”
Comet Gracia Larson continues to produce offensively. She blasted three home runs, drove in five and scored five times. Emily Pellegrino also contributed in a big way, going 4-for-4 with, a homer and three RBIs.
Kristie Thorkildsen continues to get on base, and she also added four hits and scored four times. Abby Monacelli hit well going 3-for-4, with a double and a triple, three runs and three RBIs. Brittany Christenson’s bat came alive. Christenson posted a 3-for-4 day, with three RBIs, and Wolderich helped her own cause, by going 3-for-4, with four RBIs and three runs. Katie Thorkildsen added a triple and scored three times.
“Although the Comets’ bats have been producing plenty, they are convinced that their defense, pitching and attitude are every bit as important,” said Nersten. “The Comets are making fewer errors this season, both physically and mentally. When compared to last season the Comets’ pitching has improved dramatically. They went from averaging 19 walks and six hit batsmen per game in 2011, to just three walks and one hit batsmen per game so far this season.”