Comets top Rams, lose to Mustangs

ALLEMAN – The North Polk softball team concluded the regular season with a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Prairie City-Monroe in eight innings July 3 at Alleman.

The Comets had a chance to clinch the Heart of Iowa Conference title outright with a victory over the Mustangs. But after giving up a run in the top of the eighth and not being able to answer in the bottom of the inning, North Polk had to settle for a three-way tie for first in the HOIC alongside PCM and Greene County.

North Polk took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Lilly Lomica singled, moved to third on two wild pitches and scored on a two-out single by Macy Gill. The Comets held that lead until the top of the sixth, when Abigail Gilson hit a leadoff double for PCM and later made her way home on an error.

Comet pitcher Rebecca Sieve worked around a two-out double by PCM’s Kelsey Townsend in the top of the seventh to keep the score tied. After North Polk went down in order in the bottom of the inning, the game went into extra innings.

In the top of the eighth Payge Edwards hit one-out double for PCM. Sieve forced PCM pitcher Kayla Jennings to ground out for the second out, but Molly Vignovich came through with a clutch double to score Edwards with the go-ahead run.

North Polk appeared ready to answer in the bottom of the eighth when Makayla Burt belted a leadoff double. But Jennings forced back-to-back fly outs and then she got the Comets’ Audrey Ley to ground out to end the game.

With the loss North Polk ended 13-5 in the HOIC and the Comets will take an 18-10 record into the postseason. Sieve took the loss as she gave up just one earned run on seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk in eight innings.

Gill ended up 2-for-4 at the plate with a steal and an RBI. Lomica was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run, Burt doubled in four at-bats, Ley and Reilly Franzen each picked up a hit, Mallory McDonald stole a base and Sieve and Carly Madson each drew a walk.

PCM also ended up 13-5 in the conference. Jennings allowed one earned run with four strikeouts and three walks in eight innings to earn the victory for the Mustangs.

Edwards, Vignovich, Townsend, Abigail Gilson and Jennafer Uitermarkt each doubled once for PCM. Gilson and Edwards both went 2-for-4 with a run and Vignovich knocked in two runs.

PCM 2, North Polk 1 (8)

PCM 000 001 01 – 2 7 0

NP 001 000 00 – 1 6 1

PCM: Kayla Jennings and Abigail Gilson

NP: Rebecca Sieve and Makayla Burt

WP: Jennings

LP: Sieve

2B: PCM – Gilson, Kelsey Townsend, Payge Edwards, Molly Vignovich, Jennafer Uitermarkt; NP – Burt

ALLEMAN – North Polk avenged an earlier loss against Greene County with a 5-2 victory over the Rams July 2 in Alleman

The Comets jumped out to a 3-0 lead after three innings. They gave up two runs in the fifth, but answered with two unanswered scores in the sixth. Rebecca Sieve blanked the Rams in the top of the seventh as the Comets atoned for a 9-0 setback June 12 at Jefferson.

Sieve gave up seven hits and no walks and she struck out four in seven innings to earn the win. Brandi Rose led North Polk at the plate as she doubled once and scored twice.

Macy Gill and Audrey Ley both singled and scored for North Polk. Gill also stole two bases and Ley added an RBI. Reilly Franzen singled in a run, Carly Madson was 1-for-3 with an RBI, Bekah Ward scored once, Makayla Burt drew a walk and Lilly Lomica tallied one steal for the Comets.

Jennifer Kennedy took the loss for Greene County after giving up three earned runs and recording three strikeouts and one walk in six innings. Marissa Promes was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Mady Adamson went 3-for-4 with a run and Emily Christensen doubled, scored and drove in a run for the Rams.

North Polk 5, Greene County 2

GC 000 020 0 – 2 7 NA

NP 021 002 X – 5 5 NA

GC: Jennifer Kennedy and Marissa Promes

NP: Rebecca Sieve and Makayla Burt

WP: Sieve

LP: Kennedy

2B: GC – Promes, Emily Christensen; NP – Brandi Rose