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Comets split in doubleheader versus Ortonville

Published 7:52am Monday, May 19, 2014 Updated 8:53am Monday, May 19, 2014

The Hillcrest Comets baseball team saw a strong pitching performance and a tight battle as the team recorded a split with the Ortonville Trojans Friday.

In game one, Sean McGuire’s gem on the mound gave the Comets a 8-0 win.

McGuire went the distance as he allowed two hits and sat down six hitters. He was also deadly at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with and RBI triple.

“I am obviously extremely pleased with the pitching performance by my freshman, Sean McGuire,” Comets’ coach Steve Undseth said. “It is just a joy to watch him pitch and tonight he was virtually flawless on the mound.”

Teammates Chris Tungseth and Jonathan Eckhardt each provided two RBI singles in the win.

In the nightcap, the Comets saw a 4-1 lead trickle away as the Trojans won the game 5-4 in extra innings.

The Trojans would start the scoring in the bottom of the first, but Hillcrest would respond with a four-run third inning that saw RBIs by Jared Christenson, Caleb Mathison and Reggie Undseth.

Ortonville would chip at the lead as it scored a run in the fifth and two in the sixth innings. The Trojans would celebrate the win in the bottom of the eighth as Hunter Winter hit a sacrifice fly to score the winning run.

“Game one was easily our best game of the year, and we had a golden opportunity to get a doubleheader sweep against a solid team but didn’t convert with runners in scoring position early in the 2nd game other than the one big inning. Then the (Wyatt) DeWitt kid shut us down pretty well and we gave up a couple unearned runs that let them back in the game. We just could not close it out,” Undseth said.

Dewitt would pitch 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win for the Trojans, while Christenson took the loss for the Comets.

The Comets will play another doubleheader as it travels to Wheaton for a 4 p.m. Monday battle.

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