No. 2 Comets end regular season at 26-4

CARLISLE – The North Polk baseball team concluded the regular season with a 7-3 victory over Carlisle in non-conference play Friday at Carlisle.

The Comets, ranked second in Class 2A, took a 5-1 lead through four innings.

Grant Schiltz and Reed Smith hit back-to-back singles to lead off the top of the first and North Polk took advantage of a couple Wildcat errors to put two runs on the board in the inning. In the second inning Grant Lang doubled and pinch runner Dillon McBee scored on a sacrifice fly from Cole Jackson.

In the top of the third Smith singled, stole second and scored on an error to give North Polk a 4-0 advantage. After Carlisle scored once in the bottom of the third, North Polk came back with a run in the fourth as Jackson singled with two outs, stole second, moved to third on a single by Schiltz and made it home on a balk.

Both teams put two runs on the board in the fifth inning. In the top of the inning, Brandon Cory singled and later scored on a bases-loaded walk to Lang and Wyatt Houge made it home on a ball hit by Clay Cory.

After Carlisle put up its two runs in the fifth, Greene shut the Wildcats down in the sixth and Jackson came on to throw a scoreless seventh to seal the deal and improve North Polk to 26-4 on the season.

Smith ended up 3-for-4 with two runs and a steal, Schiltz and Brandon Cory were both 2-for-4 and Brandon also doubled, stole a base and tallied one run and RBI apiece. Lang finished with a double, walk and RBI and Greene, Jacob Hadaway, Houge, Jackson and Blake Bauer all singled once.

Houge also walked twice and scored once, Jackson had one run and RBI apiece, Matthew Cox recorded a steal and a run and McBee crossed the plate once.

Greene picked up the win after giving up three earned runs on three hits with six strikeouts and three walks in six innings. Jackson struck out four and didn’t allow a hit in one inning of work.

Anthony Hanson gave up seven runs – four earned – on eight hits with two walks in 4 2/3 innings to take the loss for Carlisle. Kichahn McMullen hit a solo home run and Jordan Pierce homered and drove in the other two runs for Carlisle.

North Polk 7, Carlisle 3

NP 211 120 0 – 7 12 2

C 001 020 0 – 3 3 3

NP: Russell Greene, Cole Jackson (7) and Grant Lang

C: Anthony Hanson, Jake Epp (5) and Max McCay

WP: Greene

LP: Hanson

2B: NP – Lang, Brandon Cory; C – Spencer Jones

HR: C – Kichahn McMullen, Jordan Pierce

ALLEMAN – North Polk clinched another Heart of Iowa Conference championship with a 6-2 victory over Saydel July 9 in Alleman.

The showdown featured the top two teams in the HOIC as Saydel came into the game tied for second in the conference with a 12-3 record. North Polk raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and was never seriously threatened after that to wrap up a 16-2 conference run and claim its 11th HOIC title in 12 years.

In the bottom of the first inning, two errors and a sacrifice fly from Brandon Cory resulted in the first North Polk run. Jacob Hadaway then belted a two-run home run over the fence in left field.

Saydel came back with a run in the top of the second. But North Polk made up for it in the bottom of the inning when Reed Smith doubled and scored on a single from Russell Greene.

The Comets upped their advantage to 6-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Austin Hillebo doubled, scored on a single by Smith and Greene later doubled home Smith.

The score remained that way until the top of the seventh inning, when back-to-back singles from Chas Nekota and Alex Gustafson with one out resulted in a Saydel run. But Hadaway easily got out of that small predicament by recording a strikeout and a groundout to clinch the conference championship.

Hadaway struck out 11 and walked three in a complete-game victory. He gave up two earned runs on six hits.

Smith was a star at the plate for North Polk, finishing 2-for-4 with a double, three runs and one RBI. Greene went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI, Hadaway finished 1-for-3 with two RBI, Hillebo doubled and scored and Grant Lang hit a triple for the Comets.

Nekota was 1-for-4 with a run; Gustafson singled and walked; Mattingly Stone singled, walked and scored and Zane Martin had two hits for Saydel. Michael Miller was the losing pitcher after giving up six runs – four earned – on seven hits with one strikeout and walk apiece in four innings.

North Polk 6, Saydel 2

S 010 000 1 – 2 6 2

NP 310 200 X – 6 7 1

S: Michael Miller, Amos Wright (5) and Kyle Tijerina

NP: Jacob Hadaway and Grant Lang

WP: Hadaway

LP: Miller

2B: NP – Reed Smith, Russell Greene, Austin Hillebo

3B: NP – Lang

HR: NP – Hadaway

ALLEMAN – Two five-run innings on offense and strong pitching was a great recipe for success for North Polk in an 11-2 victory over Greene County July 8 in Alleman.

North Polk delivered a big inning right off the bat with five runs in the first inning. The Comets held a 5-0 lead until the fifth, when they added another unanswered run.

Greene County closed within 6-2 in the top of the sixth, but North Polk came back with another five-run surge in the bottom of the inning to put the game out of reach.

Wyatt Houge led North Polk’s 16-hit attack by belting three doubles and driving in four runs. Reed Smith went 3-for-5 with two runs and a steal; Grant Lang finished 2-for-2 with a double, walk and two RBI; Brandon Cory recorded a 2-for-4 night with two runs and an RBI and Russell Greene was 2-for-4 with a run.

Grant Schiltz also collected two hits, Jacob Hadaway singled and scored three times and Clay Cory had a hit, steal and two RBI.

Cole Jackson picked up the win as he allowed two runs – one earned – on six hits with eight strikeouts and one walk in six innings. Hadaway struck out the side in the seventh to wrap things up.

Riah Nelson finished 2-for-4 with a run, T.J. Lint went 1-for-3 with an RBI, Reed Ostrander drove in a run and Alex Rasmussen scored once for Greene County. Matt Paulsen was the losing pitcher after giving up nine earned runs with two strikeouts and two walks, going all six innings for the Rams.

North Polk 11, Greene County 2

GC 000 002 0 – 2 6 4

NP 500 015 X – 11 16 2

GC: Matt Paulsen and Jordan Challen

NP: Cole Jackson, Jacob Hadaway and Grant Schiltz

WP: Jackson

LP: Paulsen

2B: NP – Wyatt Houge 3, Grant Lang