ALLEMAN — The North Polk baseball team earned an exciting 3-2 victory over Class 4A power Urbandale Friday at Alleman.
Ben Rupe was the hero for the Comets. Rupe drove the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning with a single, scoring Adam Moxley to end the game.
The game quickly turned things back in the right direction for North Polk. The Comets opened the season 2-0, then fell to Heart of Iowa Conference rival Nevada by a 5-3 score the night prior to the Urbandale game.
“After the Nevada game, we left the ballpark knowing that we really didn’t give our best effort,” North Polk head baseball coach Dave Middleton said. “During the Urbandale game we were a different team. We scored in the seventh just by battling and playing 90-feet baseball. (Adam) Moxley, (Mason) Russell, (Dawson) Deitch and Rupe all had great at-bats. When you put four good at-bats together in a row, good things happen.”
The Comets scored their first two runs in the first inning. Urbandale answered with two runs in the second, then neither team could push a run across until Rupe’s clutch hit.
Jake Johnson threw ⅔ of a scoreless inning in relief to get the win. Matthew Antle tossed the first 6 ⅓ innings and gave up two runs on just two hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Antle and Johnson managed to overcome four North Polk errors to get past Urbandale.
Colten Parkins ended up with an RBI double for North Polk on offense. Johnson also knocked in one run.
Troncin was the losing pitcher for Urbandale. Brock Skoog gave up one earned run on six hits with six strikeouts in 6 ⅓ innings as the Jayhawk starting pitcher.
The victory put North Polk at 3-1 on the season. Urbandale fell to 4-1.
North Polk 3, Urbandale 2
U 020 000 0 - 2 6 1
NP 200 000 1 - 3 7 4
U: Brock Skoog, Carter Troncin (7) and Nate Stolze.
NP: Matthew Antle, Jake Johnson (7) and Mason Russell.
2B: NP - Colten Parkins.
ALLEMAN — North Polk sputtered in the middle innings against Nevada in a 5-3 loss to the Cubs May 24 at Alleman.
The Comets took a 3-2 lead into the fourth inning. But they failed to score again, and that opened the door for a Cub comeback.
Nevada went in front with two runs in the fourth, then added an insurance run in the sixth. Brock Dutton gave up one hit and three walks in 1 ⅓ scoreless innings of relief to get the win for the Cubs.
Preston Cattanach went 2-for-2 with a walk, two runs and two RBI to pace Nevada on offense.
Clark Hood was the losing pitcher for North Polk. He allowed four runs on two hits with three strikeouts in 3 ⅓ innings.
The Comets were hurt by three errors on defense.
Adam Moxley doubled once, and Jeff Lamp and Ben Rupe each had one single for North Polk. The loss put the Comets at 1-1 in the HOIC and Nevada improved to 2-0.
Nevada 5, North Polk 3
N 002 201 0 - 5 5 1
NP 012 000 0 - 3 3 3
N: Preston Cattanach, Tyler Shafer (4), Brock Dutton (5), Drew Hardy (7), Macade Matuska (7) and James Carsrud.
NP: Clark Hood, Ben Rupe (4), Jake Johnson (7) and Matthew Antle.
2B: NP - Adam Moxley.
PERRY — Overpowering pitching did the job for North Polk in a 1-0 victory at Perry May 23.
Colten Parkins went the distance on the mound to get the shutout win for North Polk. Parkins tossed a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts and no walks.
North Polk scored the game’s only run on a Colby Cupp ground out in the top of the fifth inning. Cupp, Dawson Deitch and Payton Johnson each singled once and the Comet defense didn’t commit a single error.
Janier Puente took the loss for Perry. He allowed one run on two hits with eight strikeouts in six innings.
North Polk 1, Perry 0
NP 000 010 0 - 1 3 0
P 000 000 0 - 0 2 1
NP: Colten Parkins and Matthew Antle.
P: Janier Puente, Adan Medina (7) and Gavin Boyer.
ALLEMAN — A strong first two innings on offense did the job for North Polk in a 5-2 victory over South Hamilton to start the season May 22 at Alleman.
North Polk jumped out to a 4-0 lead after putting two runs on the board in each of the first two innings. Quality pitching and a solid fielding effort that resulted in just one error took care of the rest.
Colby Cupp went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Ben Rupe and Colten Parkins both doubled and knocked in a run and Adam Moxley was 1-for-2 with a run for the Comets. Anthony Capaldo and Matthew Antle chipped in one hit apiece.
Cupp gave up two runs — one earned — on three hits with 10 strikeouts and three walks in five innings to get the victory. Clark Hood threw a scoreless inning with one strikeout and Rupe got the save after tossing a scoreless seventh with two strikeouts.
Zeke Balderas gave up four runs on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk in 3 ⅔ innings to take the loss for South Hamilton. D.J. Klonglan went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Hawks.
North Polk 5, South Hamilton 2
SH 000 200 0 - 2 4 3
NP 220 010 X - 5 7 1
SH: Zeke Balderas, Garrett Grady (4) and C.J. Hewitt.
NP: Colby Cupp, Jake Johnson (5), Clark Hood (6), Ben Rupe (7) and Matthew Antle.
2B: NP - Rupe, Colten Parkins.