ALLEMAN - A tremendous pitching performance from Sophie Swygman and a big night at the plate from Ellie Owen helped the North Polk softball team hand East Marshall its first loss of the season, 5-1, at the Comet Invitational Friday.


Swygman fired a three-hitter with just one walk. She struck out five to help the Comets — 5-3 and ranked No. 7 in Class 3A — drop a Mustang squad rated No. 10 in 2A to 9-1.


Owen had three doubles and scored three times.


Sydney Anderson went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a steal and a run. Bailey Hougham doubled and knocked in a run, Hannah Pals drove in two runs and Rebecca Ley scored once.


North Polk 5, East Marshall 1


NP 102 100 1 - 5 7 NA


EM 000 100 0 - 1 3 NA


NP: Sophie Swygman and Trisha Sporra.


EM: Kodie Hoskey and Madison Farrington.


WP: Swygman. LP: Hoskey.


2B: NP - Ellie Owen 3, Sydney Anderson 2, Bailey Hougham.


ALLEMAN - A brilliant pitching performance from Hannah Pals wasn’t enough to get North Polk past Roland-Story in a Heart of Iowa Conference outing May 31 as the Comets dropped a 1-0 pitchers’ duel.


Pals limited the No. 11 team in 3A to just three hits. She also struck out 10 with only one walk.


But Roland-Story put a run on the board in the top of the sixth. That turned out to be enough as North Polk couldn’t push a runner across home plate, falling to 2-1 in the conference.


North Polk finished the game with four hits and one walk on offense. Ellie Owen doubled, Sydney Albaugh, Sydney Anderson and Sophie Swygman each singled and Pals walked once.


Roland-Story 1, North Polk 0


RS 000 001 0 - 1 3 NA


NP 000 000 0 - 0 4 NA


RS: Riley Holmgren and Hailey Louw.


NP: Hannah Pals and Trisha Sporra.


WP: Holmgren. LP: Pals.


2B: RS - Holmgren. NP - Ellie Owen.


NEVADA - North Polk used a potent 15-hit attack on offense to dispose of Nevada by an 8-2 score May 30 at Nevada.


The Comets totaled five extra-base hits, including three home runs, and pitcher Sophie Swygman threw a four-hitter to help her team earn its second conference victory. North Polk built a 4-0 lead after two innings and held it for the win.


Bailey Hougham belted two home runs and drove in three runs and Hannah Pals homered and knocked in two runs for the Comets. Sydney Anderson was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and two steals and Swygman doubled, walked, stole a base, scored and knocked in a run.


Ellie Owen went 3-for-5 with a run and four steals, Sydney Albaugh was 2-for-4 with a run and a steal, Rebecca Ley was 2-for-4 and Paige Sandberg had a hit.


North Polk 8, Nevada 2


NP 130 021 1 - 8 15 NA


N 000 020 0 - 2 4 NA


NP: Sophie Swygman and Trisha Sporra.


N: Brooklyn Jensen and Katie Sullivan.


WP: Swygman. LP: Jensen.


2B: NP - Swygman, Sydney Anderson.


HR: NP - Bailey Hougham 2, Hannah Pals. N - Sydney Mosinski.