ALLEMAN - The North Polk baseball team kept up its hot play by sweeping Creston and Norwalk at the North Polk Invitational Saturday in Alleman.
The Comets defeated Creston by an 8-6 score and Norwalk by a 5-2 margin to stretch their winning streak to seven games and put them at 14-4 on the season.
North Polk jumped out to an 8-2 lead after the top of the four inning versus Creston. The Comets led 5-1 after one frame and pushed two runs across in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Creston answered with four unanswered runs over the next two innings, but Comet relief pitcher Matthew Antle blanked the Panthers in the seventh to wrap up the victory and get the save.
Antle tossed 1 ⅔ scoreless innings. He didn’t give up a run and only allowed one hit with two strikeouts and three walks.
Clark Hood was the winning North Polk pitcher. Hood surrendered four earned runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 5 ⅓ innings.
Hood and Antle overcame five North Polk errors on defense. They were supported by a strong Comet offense that connected for 11 hits.
Antle went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI, Ben Rupe was 2-for-5 with two runs and Payton Johnson singled and drove in three runs for North Polk. Colten Parkins went 1-for-1 with two RBI; Jeff Lamp doubled, scored and drove in a run; Dawson Deitch doubled; Mason Russell singled, walked twice and scored; Colby Cupp ended up 1-for-4 with a walk and a run and Jake Johnson finished 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
Kadon Hulett was 3-for-4 with a run and RBI for Creston. Eli Loudon gave up five runs on six hits in ⅓ of an inning to take the loss for the Panthers.
North Polk scored its second victory over Norwalk in nine days. The Comets defeated Norwalk by a 6-2 score on June 8.
On Saturday, North Polk used a strong start to get the victory over the Warriors. The Comets led 5-0 through four innings after scoring once in the first, three times in the third and once in the fourth.
Parkins singled and drove in three runs; Cupp went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs, a walk and an RBI and Deitch finished 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to pace the Comets versus Norwalk. Jake Johnson was 2-for-3 with a run, Russell singled and scored and Antle ended up 2-for-3.
Ryan Spaulding gave up two earned runs on seven hits with one strikeout and no walks in 5 ⅔ innings to get the victory over Norwalk. Sutton Sears threw two hitless innings with two strikeouts and one walk to pick up the save.
Max Acri gave up five earned runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and one walk to take the loss for Norwalk. Cole Patava hit a solo home run and Kolten Arnold went 2-for-3 with a double and a run for the Warriors at the plate.
North Polk 8, Creston 6
NP 500 210 0 - 8 11 5
C 101 022 0 - 6 9 0
NP: Clark Hood, Matthew Antle (6) and Antle, Ben Rupe (6).
C: Eli Loudon, Hunter Fry (1), Brayton Chesnut (4), Michael Scherer (6) and Beau Barncastle.
2B: NP - Dawson Deitch, Jeff Lamp. C - Dustin Merritt.
North Polk 5, Norwalk 2
N 000 011 0 - 2 7 0
NP 103 100 X - 5 10 0
N: Max Acri, Andrew Mellencamp (6) and Matt Karnes.
NP: Ryan Spaulding, Sutton Sears (6) and Antle.
2B: N - Kolten Arnold. NP - Colby Cupp, Dawson Deitch.
HR: N - Cole Patava.
MARSHALLTOWN - Masterful pitching from Jake Johnson carried North Polk to a 2-0 non-conference win over Class 5A school Marshalltown Friday in Marshalltown.
Johnson fired a one-hitter to help North Polk pick up its fifth-consecutive victory. He struck out four batters and didn’t allow a walk, overcoming two Comet errors for the win.
North Polk finished with seven hits, including five doubles. The Comets scored one run in the second inning and one in the fifth.
Anthony Capaldo went 2-for-3 with a double and a run and Jeff Lamp doubled twice and scored once for the Comets. Mason Russell and Colby Cupp both doubled and drove in a run, Johnson singled once and Matthew Antle drew one walk.
Tate Kuehner allowed two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk in five innings to take the loss for Marshalltown. Dru Dobbins singled for the only Bobcat hit.
North Polk 2, Marshalltown 0
NP 010 010 0 - 2 7 2
M 000 000 0 - 0 1 0
NP: Jake Johnson and Matthew Antle.
M: Tate Kuehner, Wade Canaday (6) and Miguel Torrez.
2B: NP - Jeff Lamp 2, Anthony Capaldo, Colby Cupp, Mason Russell.
NEVADA - It took awhile for North Polk hurler Colten Parkins to get warmed up versus Nevada, but once he got going he was unstoppable, leading the Comets to a 9-2 victory over the Cubs June 14 at Billy Sunday Field in Nevada.
Parkins gave up two runs on two hits and an error in the first inning. But from then on he was nearly flawless, allowing three hits the rest of the way and finishing with an incredible 16 strikeouts against just two walks.
“I was throwing a two-seam fastball on the outer corner and it seemed to make them miss,” Parkins said. “I was hitting my spots and the coaches were calling good pitches. It feels good to come out and throw good like that.”
Parkins was especially tough over the last 3 ⅔ innings. He gave up just one hit during that stretch — a double to Nevada’s Preston Cattanach in the fourth inning — and he struck out nine before walking Tyler Shafer with two outs in the seventh.
Jake Johnson came in to get the final out and finish off the victory.
Parkins excelled despite coming into the game with a minor injury.
“I was fighting through a hip-flexor,” Parkins said. “When we were up to bat, I just came over to the bullpen and stretched it out and it just worked out, I guess.”
On offense Parkins was 3-for-3 with an RBI as part of North Polk’s 12-hit attack. That enabled him to keep up with teammate Jeff Lamp, who also collected three hits.
“We have a little friendly competition to see who can get the most hits in a game,” Parkins said. “We both had three tonight.”
Lamp was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI. He doubled in a run in the first inning and had an RBI single in both the third and fourth frames to help North Polk build an 8-2 advantage going into the bottom of the fourth.
“I’m just staying back and trusting my swing,” Lamp said. “It (feels) pretty good. I’m just trying to keep up (with Parkins).”
Colby Cupp went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, Mason Russell went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Ben Rupe doubled, scored twice, walked and drove in a run for the Comets. Johnson singled and scored and Matthew Antle drove in two runs.
The victory put North Polk at 6-3 in the Heart of Iowa Conference. Nevada fell to 6-4 in the conference.
Cattanach gave up four earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk in two innings as the losing pitcher for Nevada. Shafer finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a run, Jack Higgins was 2-for-3 with a run and Macade Matuska ended up 1-for-2 with a double, walk and two RBI for the Cubs on offense.
North Polk 9, Nevada 2
NP 301 401 0 - 9 12 0
N 200 000 0 - 2 5 2
NP: Colten Parkins, Jake Johnson (7) and Matthew Antle.
N: Preston Cattanach, James Carsrud (3), Macade Matuska (4), Cam Shill (7) and Matuska, Carsrud (4), Matuska (7).
2B: NP - Jeff Lamp, Ben Rupe. N - Cattanach, Matuska.
JEFFERSON - North Polk overcame a sluggish start with a big fifth inning to down Greene County, 8-4, June 13 at Jefferson.
The Comets put up five runs in the top of the fifth after falling behind 3-1. Jeff Lamp, Matthew Antle, Dawson Deitch and Mason Russell each had an RBI single in the inning for North Polk.
North Polk put up two more runs in the top of the seventh. Greene County could only mount one run in response in the bottom of the inning to close out the Comet victory.
Colten Parkins was 3-for-5 with a run, Deitch went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI and Antle ended up 2-for-4 with an RBI. Ben Rupe was 1-for-4 with a run and two RBI; Lamp and Russell were both had one hit, run and RBI apiece, Adam Moxley walked once and scored twice and Colby Cupp drew three free passes.
Cupp gave up two earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts and walks apiece in six innings to earn the victory. Antle allowed one run on one hit with two walks and a strikeout in one inning of relief.
Austin Delp gave up four earned runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts and two walks in six innings as the losing Greene County pitcher. Tom Gannon was 2-for-4 with a double and a run and Wade Adcock doubled and knocked in two runs for the Rams.
North Polk 8, Greene County 4
NP 001 050 2 - 8 10 1
GC 201 000 1 - 4 7 3
NP: Colby Cupp, Matthew Antle (7) and Antle, Ben Rupe (7).
GC: Austin Delp, Trey Tucker (7), Ben Bravard (7) and Tom Gannon.
2B: GC - Gannon, Wade Adcock.