The Greenville Comets baseball team is in the championship game of their own regional tournament after defeating top-seeded Mater Dei, 10 to five, Thursday afternoon.
The Comets broke open a tied game with five runs in the top of the seventh.
Head Coach Todd Hutchinson said his players didn’t give up.
The Comets scored all of their first five runs with two outs. They took a 2-0 lead in the first when Dillon Halleman ripped a two-run double.
Mater Dei scored single runs in each of the first three frames, two on home runs by Will Rakers and Lucas Deimeke. The Comets regained the lead in the fourth, on a two-run double by Jacob Hall and an RBI single off the bat of Kyle Dugan to make it 5 to 3. Mater Dei tied the score in the sixth when Deimeke cracked a two-run homer.
In the seventh, Craig Faulkner led off for the Comets with a base hit. The local team scored two runs when a bunt by Chantz Kunkel was misplayed. With the bases loaded, Ryan Hutchinson doubled to clear the bases.
Ryan Hutchinson was the starting pitcher for the Comets, going three innings. He was relieved by his brother, Tyler, who tossed the last four frames and ended up getting the win.
Coach Hutchinson said it’s great to be back in a regional title game.
The Comets are 21 and 12 for the season. They will play the winner of Friday’s semifinal game between Carlyle and Breese Central. The championship game is Saturday at 11:00 a.m. on the Greenville field.