NP improves to 24-4

MONROE – The North Polk baseball team moved one step closer to clinching the Heart of Iowa Conference championship with an impressive 11-0 victory over Prairie City-Monroe in five innings July 3 at Monroe.

The Comets, ranked second in Class 2A, scored three times in each of the first three innings and they added two runs in the fifth. Jacob Hadaway easily kept the Mustangs off the scoreboard all five innings to end the game early on account of the 10-run rule as North Polk improved to 24-4 overall and 15-2 in the HOIC.

Hadaway struck out eight batters and he only allowed two walks and one hit. Russell Greene was the offensive star for North Polk, going a perfect 4-for-4 with a double, steal, two runs and three RBI.

Reed Smith also had a huge game at the plate as he went 3-for-3 with a double and four runs. Grant Schiltz was 2-for-4 with two RBI, Brandon Cory went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI, Wyatt Houge singled in a run, Clay Cory doubled and scored, Cole Jackson singled and scored and Dillon McBee crossed the plate twice for the Comets.

Zach Uhlenhopp singled for PCM’s only hit and Alex DeWitte was the losing Mustang pitcher after allowing nine runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts and two walks in three innings.

North Polk 11, PCM 0 (5)

NP 333 02 – 11 14 NA

PCM 000 00 – 0 1 NA

NP: Jacob Hadaway and Grant Lang

PCM: Alex DeWitte, Chase Keuning (4) and Zach Uhlenhopp

WP: Hadaway

LP: DeWitte

2B: NP – Reed Smith, Russell Greene, Clay Cory

ALLEMAN – North Polk used six innings of overpowering pitching from Cole Jackson and a big sixth inning at the plate to blow past West Marshall by a 9-4 score July 2 at Alleman.

Jackson mowed down 13 batters on strikes and he only gave up one hit and two walks in six shutout innings to earn the victory in dominant fashion.

North Polk put up two runs in the first inning as Grant Schiltz walked and scored on an error and Jacob Hadaway singled in Russell Greene. The Comets added two more in the fourth when Jackson drove in pinch runner Dillon McBee with a sacrifice fly and pinch runner Matt Cox scored on a passed ball after Schiltz reached on a single.

The Comets broke the game open in the sixth with a five-run outburst.

Reed Smith delivered the big blow of the sixth with a bases-loaded triple. He later scored on a single by Russell Greene and Greene made his way home on a ground out by Brandon Cory.

West Marshall tried to mount a comeback in the seventh off Comet relief pitcher Austin Hillebo, but it was far too little, too late.

Clay Cory went 2-for-2 with a run and a steal, Smith finished 1-for-2 with three RBI, Hadaway went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Greene singled, stole a base and scored twice for North Polk. Schiltz singled, walked twice and scored; Brandon Cory was 1-for-4 with an RBI and Hillebo walked and scored.

Jared Riemenschneider, Matt Van Metre and Cody Berns each doubled for West Marshall. Garrett Nichols was the losing pitcher for the Trojans as he gave up four runs – one earned – with three strikeouts and two walks in five innings.

North Polk 9, West Marshall 4

WM 000 000 4 – 4 4 3

NP 200 205 X – 9 8 2

WM: Garrett Nichols, Matt Van Metre (6) and Jared Johnson

NP: Cole Jackson, Austin Hillebo (7) and Grant Schiltz

WP: Jackson

LP: Nichols

2B: WM – Van Metre, Cody Berns, Jared Riemenschneider; NP – Jacob Hadaway

3B: NP – Reed Smith