Comets take split in openerPublished 10:34am Friday, April 26, 2013
EVANSVILLE — With snow surronding the field and fans sitting next to mountainous snow piles in the bleachers, the Hillcrest baseball team opener their season with a two-game split against Brandon-Evansville Thursday.
Skler Ruf was able to shake off a rough first inning as he went the distance in game one as the Comets claimed a 5-3 victory.
After allowing a run in the top half of the first, the Chargers roughed up Ruf for three runs in the home half.
Hillcrest would recover with a three-run inning of their own in the third off of RBIs by Evan Newman (2) and Jared Christenson. The visitor would add an insurance run in the fifth off a Quincy Undseth single.
Ruf scattered seven hits and fanned four on the mound, but also delivered an impressive 3-for-3 day from the plate with two runs scored and an RBI.
“I was really impressed by the job Skyler did,” Comets’ coach Steve Undseth said. “He was a man out there tonight, such an excellent competitor.”
Game two was a different story as the hosting B-E boys used a four-run first to propel them to a 7-4 win.
The Chargers were able to take advantage of Comet fielding mistakes in the first, jumping out to a 4-0 lead.
B-E added a single run in the top of the second, but the Comets were able to respond with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning.
The Chargers continued to cruise, despite a late rally by Hillcrest, to pick up the win.
Nolan Bartholomew got the win as he sat down 11 Comet hitters in five innings of work, while Theo Taylor took the loss for Hillcrest.
Craig Campbell led the Charger batters going 2-for-4 with two plated runs and two doubles. Teammates Zach Carlson and Billie Juul each went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the win.
Undseth and Evan Malmstrom recorded the only two hits for Hillcrest in the second game and scored three of their four runs.
The Comets will continue the young season on the road as they travel to Breckenridge Tuesday for a 5 p.m. game, while the Chargers will be back out on the field Friday as they host West Central Area in a 4:30 p.m. match up.
Hillcrest 5, Brandon-Evansville 3
HLA 1 0 3 0 1 0 = 5 9 2
B-E 3 0 0 0 0 0 = 3 7 2
WP – Skyler Ruf
LP – Blake Satterlie
Battery: (HLA) Ruf and Evan Malmstrom; (B-E) Satterlie and Billie Juul.
B-E 4 1 0 0 2 0 = 7 12 4
HLA 0 1 0 0 1 2 = 4 2 7
WP – Nolan Bartholomew
LP – Theo Taylor
Battery: (HLA) . Taylor, Quincy Undseth(2), Tungseth(3), Evan Newman(6) and Malmstrom; (B-E) Bartholomew, Juul(6) and Zach Carlson, Bartholomew(6).