CARLISLE - A big comeback came up a couple runs short for North Polk in a 16-14 non-conference loss to Carlisle Monday at Carlisle.


The Comets fell behind 7-0 after two innings. They responded with four runs in the top of the third, Carlisle put up three runs in the bottom of the inning and North Polk countered with three more runs in the top of the fourth.


North Polk closed within 10-8 in the top of the fifth inning. Carlisle revved up its offense again in the fifth with four more runs and added two more in the sixth to go up by eight.


But the Comets weren’t done.


In the top of the seventh Colby Cupp doubled, Ben Rupe singled, Jeff Lamp hit an RBI double and Matt Antle and Mason Russell each singled in a run. North Polk added another run on a balk, then Jake Johnson hit a two-run dinger off Carlisle relief pitcher Evan Egenberger, who just entered the game, with just one out.


Egenberger struck out the next batter for the second out. Payton Johnson then singled to put the tying run at the plate, but Egenberger retired the next batter to end the game.


The Comets came up with 19 hits in the loss. Rupe went 3-for-4 with a double, three runs and a walk; Cupp ended up 3-for-6 with a double and three runs and Lamp finished 2-for-5 with a double, homer, two runs and four RBI for North Polk.


Jake Johnson was 2-for-4 with a home run, walk and three RBI; Colten Parkins drove in two runs; Mason Russell was 2-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece and Dawson Deitch and Matthew Antle were both 2-for-5 with an RBI. Payton Johnson added one hit and Clark Hood singled and scored.


Ryan Spaulding gave up eight earned runs on nine hits and three walks with one strikeout in 2 ⅔ innings. Anthony Capaldo allowed three earned runs on three hits and one walk with one strikeout in two innings, Sutton Sears surrendered one earned run on three hits with one strikeout in one inning and Russell threw ⅓ of an inning with one walk.


Owen Durham allowed four runs — three earned — on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in three innings as the winning Carlisle pitcher. Nate Mortimer was 3-for-4 with a triple, homer, five runs and three RBI; Max Goodhue homered and drove in four runs and Ben Rowray doubled and knocked in three runs as the top Wildcat performers at the plate.


Carlisle 16, North Polk 14


NP 004 310 6 - 14 19 4


C 343 042 X - 16 15 3


NP: Ryan Spaulding, Anthony Capaldo (3), Mason Russell (5), Sutton Sears (6) and Matthew Antle.


C: Owen Durham, Seth Curry (4) Dylan Berg (5), Evan Egenberger (7) and Derek Tingle, Jack Wilson (5).


WP: Durham.


LP: Spaulding.


2B: NP - Colby Cupp, Jeff Lamp, Ben Rupe. C - Durham, Ben Rowray.


3B: C - Nate Mortimer.


HR: NP - Lamp, Jake Johnson. C - Berg, Mortimer, Nick McCay, Max Goodhue.


PELLA - North Polk couldn’t overcome a costly defensive mistake in the sixth inning against Pella in a 3-1 loss to the Little Dutch Friday at Pella.


The Comets took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning behind great pitching from Jake Johnson and Ben Rupe. Pella loaded the bases with one out after Caleb Piersma doubled and Jaden Rolffs and Joel Ruiter each walked.


Rupe then forced Tyler Hillman to ground into a force out at home to keep the bases loaded with two outs. But needing just one more out to escape the jam, Pella’s Landon Vander Leest reached on a bases-clearing error to put the Little Dutch in front.


Pella loaded the bases back up after two more walks, but Ryan Spaulding came in and got the final out to keep North Polk within two.


In the top of the seventh, Hillman retired the Comets in order to end the game. The loss put North Polk at 22-7 on the season.


North Polk’s only run came in the top of the second inning. Matthew Antle reached on a single and courtesy runner Adam Moxley stole second, moved to third on a ground ball and scored on a wild pitch.


The Comets only had three hits in the game. Colby Cupp singled and walked and Rupe and Antle each finished with one hit.


Rupe gave up three unearned runs on two hits and four walks with one strikeout in 1 ⅔ innings of relief as the losing pitcher. Spaulding retired the only batter he faced in the sixth.


Jake Johnson got the start for North Polk. Johnson threw four scoreless innings and surrendered just three hits and two walks with two strikeouts.


Hillman struck out three and had just the one walk, going all seven innings as the victorious Pella pitcher. Rolffs doubled and walked twice; Hillman doubled, walked and scored; Caleb Piersma doubled; Ruiter walked and scored; Colby Van Gorp scored and Avery Van Zee and Gabe Thomas each added one hit for the Little Dutch.


Pella 3, North Polk 1


NP 010 000 0 - 1 3 2


P 000 003 X - 3 5 2


NP: Jake Johnson, Ben Rupe (5), Ryan Spaulding (6) and Matthew Antle.


P: Tyler Hillman and Jaden Rolffs.


WP: Hillman.


LP: Rupe.


2B: P - Hillman, Caleb Piersma, Rolffs.


DES MOINES - Outstanding pitching and defense enabled North Polk to take down No. 4 Saydel in a crucial Heart of Iowa Conference game in a 1-0 battle July 6 at Saydel High School in Des Moines.


Colten Parkins was on the mound throwing the ball and the Comet defense didn’t make a single error. Saydel had six hits, but the Eagles were plagued by three errors.


Parkins struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter, going the distance as the winning pitcher.


Saydel put two runners on in the first, third and fifth innings. Parkins struck out Joe Boehler with two outs to keep the Eagles off the board in the first inning, and in the third inning, the Eagles once again had two runners reach safely — only to have Comet catcher Matthew Antle pick off Craig Garrison at first base for the final out.


In the Saydel half of the fifth inning, Cash Lee singled and T.J. Stephenson walked. But Lee was picked off at first by Parkins for the second out, and then the side was retired when Parkins forced Cole Riddlebarger to fly out to right field.


Parkins also worked around a one-out double by Nate Sepich in the second inning and a leadoff single by Sepich to start the seventh frame.


North Polk’s only run came in the top of the third inning. Jeff Lamp and Matthew Antle both singled and Jake Johnson singled in Lamp for the eventual winning run.


Antle went 2-for-3 with a walk and Johnson and Lamp accounted for the only other Comet hits off Saydel’s Maxx Stanton. Colby Cupp walked three times, Ben Rupe drew two walks and Parkins picked up one free pass.


With the victory, North Polk moved to 12-3 in the HOIC with one conference game left, putting them in postition to tie Saydel for the conference title with a win.


Saydel dropped to 25-6 and finished 13-3 in the conference. Stanton only gave up four hits and struck out three in seven innings, but he was hurt by seven walks.


Sepich ended up 2-for-3 and Stephenson, Garrison, Lee and Devin Porter each chipped in one hit.


North Polk 1, Saydel 0


NP 001 000 0 - 1 4 0


S 000 000 0 - 0 6 3


NP: Colten Parkins and Matthew Antle.


S: Maxx Stanton and Craig Garrison.


WP: Parkins.


LP: Stanton.


2B: S - Nate Sepich.


ALLEMAN - It was fitting that a senior provided the game winner for North Polk in a 2-1 victory over West Marshall on senior night July 5 at Alleman.


Ben Rupe hit a walkoff single, scoring courtesy runner Reid Summers with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Colby Cupp led off the inning with a single and Summers stole second and took third on a wild pitch to set up Rupe’s game winner.


West Marshall had taken a 1-0 lead in the first inning and maintained it until the bottom of the fifth.


The Comets got to Trojan hurler Ross Randall in the fifth, again courtesy of Rupe. Adam Moxley hit a one-out single, Cupp walked with two outs and Rupe stepped up and doubled Moxley home.


Rupe ended up 2-for-4 with two RBI, Cupp was 1-for-2 with two walks and Moxley also singled and scored for the Comets.


Cupp allowed one run on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks in seven innings as the winning pitcher. Alex Dickey took the loss for West Marshall in relief after giving up one run on two hits in ⅓ of an inning; Randall surrendered one run on three hits and five walks with nine strikeouts in six innings.


David Disney was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Cameron Bannister wound up 1-for-3 with a run to pace West Marshall on offense. Chandler Sponseller was 2-for-3 and Randall added a hit and a walk for the Trojans, who fell to 26-6.


North Polk 2, West Marshall 1


WM 100 000 0 - 1 5 0


NP 000 010 1 - 2 5 0


WM: Ross Randall, Alex Dickey (7) and Dickey, Randall (7).


NP: Colby Cupp and Matthew Antle.


WP: Cupp.


LP: Dickey.


2B: NP - Ben Rupe.