Comets remain unbeaten in HOIC play

Joe Randleman
Comets remain unbeaten in HOIC play

NP beats Carroll, falls to B-F in non-conference action

BATTLE CREEK – The North Polk softball team rallied for a 5-4 victory over Carroll in its only game at the Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove Invitational Friday in Battle Creek.

The Comets rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Carroll went back on top in the top of the fifth, but North Polk evened the score back up in the sixth when Makayla Burt singled and courtesy runner Allison Hale scored on an error.

After North Polk pitcher Rebecca Sieve shut down Carroll in the top of the seventh, Reilly Franzen drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning for the Comets. Franzen took second on a passed ball and moved to third on a ground out by Audrey Ley.

Lilly Lomica fouled out for North Polk’s second out, but Mallory McDonald followed with a walk to put runners on the corners. Macy Gill then stepped in the batter’s box for North Polk, but she didn’t need to make any contact as Franzen scored on a wild pitch to win the game.

Burt was 2-for-3 with a run, Ley doubled and Lomica singled and walked to account for North Polk’s four hits on offense. Franzen drew two walks and McDonald and Gill picked up one apiece; Gill, Brandi Rose and joined Franzen, Burt and Hale in scoring one run apiece for the Comets.

Rose and Caitlyn Moorehead also drove in one run apiece.

Sieve earned the win in relief as she threw three perfect innings with one strikeout. McDonald earned the start and she gave up four runs – two earned – on five his with three strikeouts and no walks in four innings.

Lauren Janning gave up an earned run on two walks in 1 2/3 innings to take the loss for Carroll. Britt Bauman threw the first five innings and allowed four runs – two earned – on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Cassie Evers was the top hitter for Carroll as she smacked two doubles and scored two runs and Haley Stevens singled and drove in two runs for the Tigers.

The victory put North Polk at 6-2 on the season.

North Polk 5, Carroll 4

C 003 010 0 – 4 5 1

NP 000 301 1 – 5 4 1

C: Britt Bauman, Lauren Janning (6) and Elyse Borchers

NP: Mallory McDonald, Rebecca Sieve (5) and Reilly Franzen

WP: Sieve

L: Janning

2B: C – Cassie Evers 2; NP – Audrey Ley

ALLEMAN – Defensive mistakes prevented North Polk from pulling off the upset against Bondurant-Farrar June 6 as the Comets suffered a tight 4-2 loss to the Bluejays at Alleman.

Comet pitcher Rebecca Sieve was outstanding, holding the fourth-ranked team in Class 3A to just two hits. Meanwhile, North Polk’s offense did a good job over the first three innings, thanks to Lilly Lomica and Makayla Burt.

In the first inning Lomica singled and scored on a single by Burt. They did the same thing in the third as Lomica led off with a hit and Burt drove her home.

But in the fourth inning everything changed as North Polk gave up three runs in the top of the inning. Two Comet errors played a big role in Bondurant-Farrar’s success in the fourth.

The Bluejays tacked on an insurance run in the sixth as Keely Bycroft hit an RBI single. The Comets had no answer as they were shut down by Bondurant-Farrar’s Cailey Schlenker, who held North Polk scoreless over the final four innings.

Sieve had two strikeouts and one walk and none of Bondurant-Farrar’s runs were earned. Lomica and Burt were both 2-for-3 and Macy Gill and Carly Madson added one single apiece for the Comets.

Schlenker picked up three strikeouts and one walk in seven innings to earn the win. Emily Wilson and Bycroft accounted for the only Bluejay hits, with Bycroft driving in two runs, and Katie Norton drew a walk for the Bluejays.

Bondurant-Farrar 4, North Polk 2

B-F 000 301 0 – 4 2 0

NP 101 000 0 – 2 6 3

B-F: Cailey Schlenker and Erin Sawatzky

NP: Rebecca Sieve and Reilly Franzen

WP: Schlenker

LP: Sieve

GILBERT – North Polk had little trouble getting by Gilbert June 4 as the Comets traveled to Gilbert and handed the Tigers an 11-4 setback.

North Polk took a 3-2 lead after four innings and tacked on three runs in the fifth. Gilbert closed to within 6-4 in the bottom of the sixth, but the Comets responded with a big five-run seventh to pull away and improve to 4-0 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

Mallory McDonald tripled and drove in four runs, Lilly Lomica was 2-for-5 with a triple, two runs and an RBI; Makayla Burt doubled and tallied one run and RBI apiece and Carly Madson had a double, walk and run for the Comets on offense.

Rebecca Sieve went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI; Reilly Franzen went 2-for-3 with two RBI; Macy Gill finished 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs and an RBI; Brandi Rose scored twice and Allison Hale crossed the plate once for the Comets.

Sieve took the win on the mound as she gave up four unearned runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.

North Polk 11, Gilbert 4

NP 110 130 5 – 11 11 4

G 000 202 0 – 4 5 2

NP: Rebecca Sieve and Reilly Franzen

G: Clare Isenhart and Elyse Powers

WP: Sieve

LP: Isenhart

2B: NP – Makayla Burt, Carly Madson

3B: NP – Lilly Lomica, Mallory McDonald

NEVADA – It was no contest when North Polk took on Nevada June 3 in Nevada as the Comets scored 10 times in the first inning and never looked back in an 18-0 triumph in three innings.

North Polk also scored twice in the second inning and six times in the third. The game was called after three innings due to the 12-run rule.

Mallory McDonald took the mound for the first time in two years and earned the win for the Comets. She struck out three and gave up one hit with no walks.

Makayla Burt led North Polk’s 14-hit attack on offense by going 2-for-3 with a double and four RBI. Rachel Rimathe was 2-for-3 with a double, three runs and two RBI and McDonald and Franzen were also each 2-for-3, with McDonald scoring twice and driving in a run and Franzen finishing with one run and two RBI.

Lilly Lomica was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI and Caitlyn Moorehead added a double, run and RBI apiece for the Comets. Audrey Ley was 1-for-3 with a run and two RBI, Rebecca Sieve finished 1-for-2 with a run and Macy Gill ended up 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs and RBI apiece.

Alex Van Dam took the loss for Nevada as she gave up five earned runs with three strikeouts and two walks. Van Dam was hurt by several Cub errors in the field.

Margaret Toot singled for Nevada’s only hit.

North Polk 18, Nevada 0 (3)

NP (10)26 – 18 14 0

N 000 – 0 1 4

NP: Mallory McDonald and Reilly Franzen

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

WP: McDonald

LP: Van Dam

2B: NP – Makayla Burt, Rachel Rimathe, Caitlyn Moorehead