ROLAND - North Polk split four games going against top-notch competition at the Kiwanis Invitational Friday at Saturday at Bill Hennessy Field in Roland.
The Comets won both of their games on Friday and came up short in two games on Saturday. Friday, the Comets defeated a Perry team rated No. 7 in Class 4A and whipped Madrid, and they fell to two rated 4A squads — No. 10 Boone and No. 12 Adel-Desoto-Minburn — on Saturday.
“Playing this good competition will help us get ready for tournament time,” North Polk second baseman Ellie Owen said. “We’re getting quality at-bats against quality pitchers.”
North Polk upset Perry by a 4-1 score in its first game of the tournament. The Comets scored twice in both the second and sixth innings and the only run they allowed was a solo homer by Perry’s Johanna Diw in the seventh inning.
Owen doubled twice, Paige Sandberg was 1-for-3 with two RBI and Sydney Anderson was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI to pace North Polk offensively against Perry. Hannah Foster went 2-for-3 with two runs and Carolyn Steffen walked, scored and drove in a run.
Sophie Swygman was the winning pitcher. Swygman gave up just the one run on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks in seven innings.
North Polk whipped Madrid by an 8-1 decision in four innings. A six-run second inning was the difference-maker in the victory.
Owen had a big game with the stick against Madrid. She went 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs and three RBI.
Sandberg also turned in another strong hitting outing. She was with a double and a run.
Rebecca Rimathe smacked a solo home run, Trisha Sporra went 1-for-3 with a run and Olivia Patterson chipped in a single and an RBI against Madrid. Anderson walked, scored and drove in a run and Foster and Hailey Steffen both walked and scored.
Bailey Hougham earned the win against Madrid. Hougham struck out four and walked two and she didn’t allow a hit, going all four innings.
On Saturday, North Polk opened with a tough 2-1 loss to Boone in eight innings. The Comets scored once in their half of the eighth and Boone put up two runs on a homer by Dianna Slight.
Anderson was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Sporra, Rimathe and Swygman each singled once and courtesy runner Jenna Fagen scored the lone Comet run.
Swygman threw all eight innings and gave up four hits with two walks in a losing effort versus the Toreadors. Emma Dighton finished with three strikeouts and no walks in eight innings to get the win for Boone and she also went 2-for-3 at the plate.
North Polk wrapped up the Kiwanis Invitational with a 9-2 loss to ADM. The Comets hung tough early, then struggled late against a potent Tiger offense that pounded out 14 hits.
“We can’t let this loss affect (us),” Owen said. “We’ve got to fix it and flush it.”
Owen wrapped up a big tournament at the plate by going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs versus ADM. She was 8-for-16 with three doubles, one triple, four runs and three RBI in the four games.
“I had a rough week last week, so I just tried to practice more and get to these games,” Owen said. “It worked out.”
Anderson was 6-for-11 with two doubles, one run, three RBI and a walk over the four games. She also played well defensively, both in the outfield and at catcher, and provided a lot of verbal support in the dugout.
“My main thing when I play for a team is I want to keep them up, whether it’s talking, getting a hit or just making a great catch and throwing,” Anderson said. “You are always cheering and talking, just to keep your team up.”
North Polk concluded the Kiwanis Invitational with a 13-8 overall record.
North Polk 4, Perry 1
NP 020 002 0 - 4 10 NA
P 000 000 1 - 1 5 NA
NP: Sophie Swygman and Trisha Sporra.
2B: NP - Ellie Owen 2, Sydney Anderson.
North Polk 8, Madrid 1 (4)
NP 160 1 - 8 9 NA
M 000 0 - 1 0 NA
NP: Bailey Hougham and Anderson.
2B: NP - Paige Sandberg.
3B: NP - Owen.
HR: NP - Rebecca Rimathe.
Boone 2, North Polk 1 (8)
B 000 000 02 - 2 4 NA
NP 000 000 01 - 1 5 NA
B: Emma Dighton and Laura Anderson.
NP: Sophie Swygman and Trisha Sporra.
2B: B - Laura Calkins. NP - Anderson.
HR: B - Dianna Slight.
ADM 9, North Polk 2
ADM 021 201 3 - 9 14 1
NP 101 000 0 - 2 7 0
ADM: Abbie Hlas, Kila Carbine (1), Hlas (3) and Lindsey Lange.
B: Hougham, Chloe Daugherty (4), Swygman (6), Daugherty (7) and Anderson.
2B: ADM - Hlas, Lange, Brooke Hickey, Kate Collins, Ashley Tennant. NP - Sporra, Owen, Hannah Foster
HR: ADM - Carbine, Sierra Wyant.
ALLEMAN - North Polk shook off a rocky start to dispose of Greene County, 10-3, June 15 Alleman.
Green County scored all three of its runs in the first inning to jump out to an early lead. But North Polk erupted for six runs in the second to move in front for good.
The Comets added three more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to finish off the Rams. The victory put North Polk at 8-3 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.
Sydney Anderson was 3-for-3 with a double, run, steal and three RBI; Carolyn Steffen homered, walked and tallied two runs and RBI apiece and Rebecca Rimathe was 2-for-4 with a run and a steal for North Polk at the plate. Ellie Owen doubled, walked, scored and drove in two runs and Trisha Sporra finished 1-for-3 with a run, steal and RBI.
Hannah Foster walked three times and added two runs and a pair of steals, Rio Monk walked and scored, Cali Capaldo had two steals and a run and Bailey Hougham walked twice.
Sophie Swygman gave up three earned runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and no walks in seven innings as the winning Comet pitcher. Jenna Beyers took the loss for Greene County after giving up six earned runs with three walks and one strikeout in two innings.
Megan Carey was 3-for-4 with a run and Hannah Promes 2-for-4 with a double and a run for the Rams offensively.
North Polk 10, Greene County 3
GC 300 000 0 - 3 8 NA
NP 060 031 X - 10 8 NA
GC: Jenna Beyers, Hannah Promes (3) and Samantha Hardaway.
NP: Sophie Swygman and Trisha Sporra.
2B: GC - Promes. NP - Ellie Owen, Sydney Anderson.
HR: NP - Carolyn Steffen.
ALLEMAN - The powerful bats of Rebecca Rimathe and Ellie Owen, and a strong pitching performance from Bailey Hougham combined to lead North Polk to a decisive 12-0 victory over Nevada in four innings June 14 at Alleman.
Rimathe homered twice and drove in five runs and Owen went 3-for-3 with a double, homer, two runs and an RBI to pace North Polk’s 13-hit attack on offense. Hougham, meanwhile, limited Nevada to just two hits and she struck out five with three walks, going all four innings.
North Polk plated four runs in each of the first two innings and three in the third. The Comets added another score in the fourth to end the game on account of the 12-run rule that goes into effect after three innings.
Hailey Steffen went 3-for-3 with a double, run, steal and two RBI. Hannah Foster was 2-for-3 with two runs and RBI, Hougham ended up 2-for-3 with two RBI, Olivia Patterson singled and Carolyn Steffen recorded two walks, steals and runs apiece.
Cali Capaldo added two steals and a run, Maddy Hill drove in a run and Emily Olson stole a base and scored for North Polk.
Mackenzie Garrett allowed seven earned runs with two walks and a strikeout, going all three innings for Nevada. Riley Mailey and Addi Vorm each singled once and Garrett, Gracie Barloon and Ellie Gray each picked up a walk for the Cubs.
North Polk 12, Nevada 0 (4)
N 000 0 - 0 2 NA
NP 443 1 - 12 13 NA
N: Mackenzie Garrett and Gracie Barloon.
NP: Bailey Hougham and Trisha Sporra.
2B: NP - Ellie Owen, Hailey Steffen.
HR: NP - Rebecca Rimathe 2, Owen.