ANKENY - The North Polk softball team took down a top-10 Class 5A program Saturday, downing Ankeny by a 3-2 score in its final game of the regular season.


Hannah Pals provided the heroics for North Polk.


Pals broke a 2-2 tie with a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning. She also was the winning pitcher, striking out 11 and allowing one earned run on five hits to help a Comet team ranked No. 6 in Class 3A take out the No. 8 5A squad..


North Polk scored its first two runs in the top of the third inning off a Sydney Anderson double. Ellie Owen doubled and scored and Chloe Dougherty walked and scored for the Comets.


Paige Jacobsen gave up one run on two hits with two strikeouts and no walks in 4 ⅓ innings as the losing pitcher for Ankeny. Peyton Daugherty was 2-for-4 with a run and two steals and Marian Carter 2-for-3 with a steal and two RBIs for the Hawks, who fell to 27-10.


North Polk ended the regular season with a 22-6 record.


North Polk 3, Ankeny 2


NP 002 000 1 - 3 3 NA


A 000 200 0 - 2 5 NA


NP: Hannah Pals and Tricia Sporra.


WP: Pals.


2B: Ellie Owen, Sydney Anderson.


HR: Pals.


MONROE - A monster game from Hannah Pals helped North Polk whip Prairie City-Monroe, 8-2, in its final Heart of Iowa Conference game.


Pals went 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double and five RBIs offensively. She was also the winning pitcher after throwing three scoreless and hitless innings with eight strikeouts and no walks to help the Comets finish 12-2 in the HOIC.


Sydney Albaugh was 3-for-4 with two runs, a double and an RBI and Sydney Anderson went 2-for-4 with a double, run and RBI for North Polk offensively. Rebecca Ley was 2-for-5 with a run and three steals; Ellie Owen singled, scored and stole a base; Hailey Steffen was 1-for-3 with a run and Tricia Sporra tacked on a single.


Sophie Swygman threw the final four innings for North Polk on the mound. She gave up two unearned runs on four hits with five strikeouts and no walks in four innings.


North Polk 8, PCM 2


NP 310 021 1 - 8 14 NA


PCM 000 000 2- 2 4 NA


NP: Hannah Pals, Sophie Swygman (4) and Tricia Sporra.


WP: Pals.


2B: Pals, Sydney Anderson, Sydney Albaugh.


HR: Pals (2).


ALLEMAN - The big bat of Baily Hougham and the strong arm of Sophie Swygman helped North Polk roll to a 12-0 victory over Nevada in four innings Thursday at Alleman.


Hougham was 3-for-3 with a home run, two doubles and five RBIs and Swygman tossed a one-hitter with seven strikeouts and no walks for a Comet team ranked No. 6 in Class 3A.


North Polk scored five times in the first inning and upped its lead to 8-0 through three frames. The Comets plated four runs in the fourth to put the game away, improve to 20-6 and stay alive in the Heart of Iowa Conference title chase with a 11-2 record.


The big blow was a grand slam from Hougham in the first inning.


The Comets had a 1-0 lead with two outs and Nevada pitcher Brooklynn Jensen got two strikes in the count, but Hougham got a hold of a pitch and sent it over the fence in center field.


“I was down in the count so I just kept battling and got all of it,” Hougham said. “It felt amazing.”


It was the first grand slam of Hougham’s career.


Hougham nearly sent another one over the fence in her third at-bat, slamming a rocket that hit the upper part of the fence to just stay in the park.


Swygman made sure Nevada never threatened offensively. Katie Sullivan hit a leadoff single to start the game for Nevada, but the Cubs didn’t get another hit as Swygman finished with seven strikeouts and no walks.


“My rise-ball was working pretty good,” Swygman said. “That helped a lot tonight.”


Swygman also went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI on offense. Sydney Anderson was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs; Hannah Pals doubled, walked and scored twice and Rebecca Ley, Sydney Albaugh and Hailey Steffen each singled and scored for North Polk at the plate.


Nevada fell to 6-6 in the HOIC and 8-12 overall.


Jensen took the loss against North Polk after surrendering six runs on five hits and four walks in two innings. Mackenzie Garrett threw the other two innings and gave up six runs on on seven hits with one strikeout and no walks.


North Polk 12, Nevada 0 (4)


N 000 0 - 0 1 1


NP 512 4 - 12 12 0


N: Brooklynn Jensen, Mackenzie Garrett (3) and Katie Sullivan.


NP: Sophie Swygman and Tricia Sporra.


WP: Swygman. LP: Jensen.


2B: NP - Baily Hougham 2, Swygman, Sydney Anderson, Hannah Pals.


HR: NP - Hougham.


ALLEMAN - North Polk made it seem as if Saydel was never going to get a chance to hit in a 16-0 drubbing of the Eagles in three innings June 27 at Alleman.


The Comets sent batter after batter up to the plate in the first inning. They put an amazing 15 runs on the board before their half of the inning mercifully ended to wrap things up before Saydel even got a chance to take a swing.


Sydney Anderson was 3-for-3 with three runs, a double and two RBIs; Rebecca Ley finished 2-for-3 with two runs, two steals and three RBIs and Sydney Albaugh finished 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs and RBIs apiece to lead North Polk’s 15-hit charge on offense.


Hailey Steffen was 2-for-3 with two runs a steal and an RBI; Hannah Pals went 2-for-3 with a run, two steals and two RBIs and Chloe Dougherty ended up 2-for-2 with one run and RBI apiece for the Comets. Ellie Owen doubled, stole a base, drove in a run and scored twice; Bailey Hougham was 1-for-2 with a run and two RBIs; Emily Olson and Maya Monk each crossed the plate once and Tricia Sporra drew a walk.


Pals was the winning pitcher after firing a one-hitter with seven strikeouts and one walk.


Jade Olsen gave up seven runs with one walk in ⅓ of an inning as the losing Saydel pitcher. Alexis Carney singled for the only Eagle hit.


North Polk 16, Saydel 0 (3)


S 000 - 0 1 NA


NP (15)1X - 16 15 NA


S: Jade Olsen, Rylee Carney (1), Allie Heron (2) and Alle Thompson.


NP: Hannah Pals and Tricia Sporra.


WP: Pals. LP: Olsen.


2B: NP - Ellie Owen, Sydney Anderson.


HR: NP - Sydney Albaugh.


JEWELL - One strong inning did the job for North Polk against South Hamilton in a weather-shortened game June 25 at Jewell.


The Comets scored five times in the second inning en route to a 6-0 victory in five innings.


North Polk finished the game with four hits. Sophie Swygman was the winning pitcher after giving up three hits and one walk with four strikeouts to earn the shutout.


Sydney Albaugh was 2-for-3 with a double, steal and run; Hannah Pals doubled, scored and drove in a run and Tricia Sporra singled, stole two bases and picked up one run and RBI apiece for the Comets on offense.


North Polk 6, South Hamilton 0 (5)


NP 050 01 - 6 4 NA


SH 000 00 - 0 3 NA


NP: Sophie Swygman and Tricia Sporra.


WP: Swygman.


2B: Sydney Albaugh, Hannah Pals.