Comets go 2-0 at Iowa Falls

Joe RandlemanStaff Writer
Comets go 2-0 at Iowa Falls

IOWA FALLS — The North Polk baseball team had a big day Saturday as the Comets went 2-0 at the Cadet Invitational in Iowa Falls.

The Comets avenged an earlier loss to Norwalk and they also defeated Iowa Falls-Alden, improving to 9-6 on the season.

North Polk defeated Norwalk by a 6-0 score. The Comets scored five runs in the third inning to take control, and strong pitching from Matthew Antle took care of the rest to help North Polk get back at Norwalk for an 11-1 loss to the Warriors on June 9.

In the bottom of the third Garrett Houge, Brett Haun and Matt Cox singled to load the bases with one out. Ben Rupe drew a walk to drive in the first Comet run, and Luke Leopold and Colby Cupp followed with RBI singles.

With two outs, Max Karpinske singled to drive in two runs and give his team a 5-0 cushion.

North Polk added an insurance run in the fifth as Cupp walked, took second on an error and scored on a single by Antle.

Antle held Norwalk to five hits, going the full seven innings to get the shutout victory. He struck out five batters and walked four.

Haun was 3-for-3 with a run and a walk and Cupp was 1-for-2 with a walk, two runs and an RBI for North Polk at the plate. Cox went 2-for-4 with two runs and a steal, Leopold finished 1-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece, Antle ended up 1-for-3 with an RBI, Karpinske went 1-for-2 with two RBI and Houge finished 1-for-3 with a run.

Jake Endres took the loss for Norwalk after giving up five earned runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts and three walks in six innings.

North Polk also had a five-run inning, pulling off a 9-2 victory over Iowa Falls-Alden.

The Comets scored five times in the fifth inning versus the Cadets. That gave them an 8-2 advantage and they coasted over the final two innings behind the pitching of Jake Johnson.

Nate Johnson was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI and Leopold finished 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI for North Polk versus Iowa Falls-Alden. Cupp went 2-for-3 with a double, run and RBI, Rupe was 1-for-3 with a walk, run and two steals and RBI apiece and Haun, Cox and Tyler Sinclair each singled and scored.

Karpinske added a single and Antle scored one run. Anthony Capaldo walked and stole two bases and Ryan Spaulding scored and stole a base.

Jake Johnson didn’t give up a run, hit or walk in four innings of relief to get the win on the mound for the Comets. Johnson had four strikeouts in the game.

Haun gave up two runs on five hits with one strikeout and walk apiece in three innings as North Polk’s starter versus Iowa Falls-Alden.

Luke Norem gave up seven runs - four earned - on nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks in five innings to take the loss for Norwalk. He was also 2-for-3 with an RBI on offense.

North Polk 6, Norwalk 0

N 000 000 0 - 0 5 3

NP 005 010 X - 6 10 2

N: Jake Endres and Matt Karnes.

NP: Matthew Antle and Mason Russell.

WP: Antle.

LP: Endres.

North Polk 9, Iowa Falls-Alden 2

NP 200 150 1 - 9 12 0

IFA 110 000 0 - 2 5 4

NP: Brett Haun, Jake Johnson (4) and Matthew Antle.

IFA: Luke Norem, Dalton Loyd (6), Jackson French (7) and Ben Scadden.

WP: Johnson.

LP: Norem.

2B: NP - Luke Leopold, Nate Johnson, Colby Cupp. IFA - Scadden.

MARSHALLTOWN — North Polk couldn’t get its bats going in a 9-0 loss to Marshalltown Friday in Marshalltown.

The Comets only had three hits against Marshalltown pitchers Jack Greene, Sam Rogers and Nate Vance. North Polk also failed to take advantage of three Marshalltown errors in the shutout loss.

Marshalltown led 2-0 after three innings, then the Bobcats busted out with six runs in the bottom of the fourth to put the game away.

Max Karpinske gave up eight earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and five walks in 3 ? innings to take the loss for North Polk. Matt Cox allowed one unearned run on one hit with one strikeout and two walks in 2 ? innings.

Colby Cupp singled and walked and Karpinske and Colten Parkins each added a single for North Polk on offense. Brett Haun and Ben Rupe drew one walk apiece.

Greene threw three hitless innings with three walks and two strikeouts to get the win for Marshalltown. Vance was 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs and RBI apiece to pace the Warriors at the plate.

Marshalltown 9, North Polk 0

NP 000 000 0 - 0 3 2

M 011 601 X - 9 8 3

NP: Max Karpinske, Matt Cox (4) and Matthew Antle.

M: Jack Greene, Sam Rogers (4), Nate Vance (6) and Kody Ricken.

WP: Greene.

LP: Karpinske.

2B: M - Dru Dobbins.

3B: M - Greene.

NEVADA - Great pitching from Ben Rupe, a clutch hit from Garrett Houge and a big seventh inning combined to give North Polk a 7-1 Heart of Iowa Conference road victory over Nevada June 16 at Billy Sunday Field in Nevada.

Rupe tossed a complete-game shutout and Houge drove in the eventual winning run with two outs in the top of the fifth inning. North Polk then pounded out five runs in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach and improve to 5-3 in the HOIC.

After giving up an unearned run on one hit and one walk in the first inning, Rupe was masterful over the final six innings to limit Nevada to just one hit and striking out five batters against just one walk over that span. He finished with a two-hitter, striking out six and walking just two.

“Just putting in the work….just really proud of myself on the season,” Rupe said. “Just gotta keep grinding. Never can get complacent. Just gotta keep going.”

Rupe received plenty of help from a Comet defense that made several tough plays and only had one error on the night.

Center fielder Max Karpinske provided two highlight-reel catches for North Polk in the bottom of the sixth to help preserve a 2-1 lead.

Karpinske showed tremendous range in running down a shot to the gap by Nevada’s Cam Shill to lead off the bottom of the sixth. On the very next Cub at-bat, Karpinske made another fantastic catch off a ball hit by Macade Matuska.

“I’ve gotta thank Max Karpinske,” Rupe said. “That kid had so many plays tonight it was unbelievable.”

Rupe drove in North Polk’s first run in the top of the first with an RBI double scoring Brett Haun after Haun reached on a leadoff single. Nevada pitcher Caden Trygstad did a good job keeping the Comet hitters off balance over the next three innings, but in the bottom of the fifth Houge put North Polk in front to stay.

Karpinske hit a leadoff single, stole second and took third on a Nevada throwing error in the Comet half of the fifth. Houge then singled him in with a line drive to center field.

“It was about…I’m getting tired of hitting straight to the left fielder or whatever,” Houge said. “It’s about time I found a hole and got him in.”

The score remained 2-1 until the top of the seventh. The Comets connected for three singles and took advantage of a hit batsman, a defensive interference call and two wild pitches to doom Nevada’s comeback chances.

Leopold smacked two doubles and finished with one steal, run and RBI apiece; Haun was 2-for-3 with two runs and a steal and Colby Cupp finished 2-for-4 with two RBI. Houge went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI; Rupe was 2-for-3 with a double, steal and RBI; Cox went 1-for-4 with one steal, run and RBI apiece and Karpinske was 1-for-3 with a run and a steal.

Anthony Capaldo added one run and a steal for the Comet offense. North Polk totaled an impressive six steals on the night.

Trygstad gave up seven runs - six earned - on 12 hits with two strikeouts and one walk, going the full seven innings for Nevada. Jack Higgins singled in Macade Matuska with Nevada’s only run and Zach Sharp also singled for the Cubs.

North Polk 7, Nevada 1

NP 100 010 5 - 7 12 1

N 100 000 0 - 1 2 1

NP: Ben Rupe and Matthew Antle.

N: Caden Trygstad and Macade Matuska.

WP: Rupe.

LP: Trygstad.

2B: NP - Luke Leopold 2, Rupe.

ALLEMAN —North Polk wasn’t able to answer a late Gilbert score in a 2-1 loss to the Tigers June 15 at Alleman.

The game was deadlocked at 1-1 going into the seventh inning. Gilbert scored a run in the second inning and North Polk countered with one in the third.

In the top of the seventh, Gilbert’s Ryan Hart reached on an error with one out, stole second and scored on a single by Nick Thielen. Gilbert loaded the bases with two outs after Steven Lawrence walked and Nick Day singled, but Comet pitcher Colten Parkins forced Nathan Chasey to ground out to end the inning and keep North Polk in the game.

Colby Cupp drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the seventh to put the tying run on base with one out for North Polk. But Gilbert relief pitcher Barrett Schonefeld came in and got a big strikeout, followed by a ground out to clinch the win for the Tigers.

Parkins allowed just one earned run on five hits with eight strikeouts and three walks, going the full seven innings in taking the loss. Luke Leopold was 1-for-3 with an RBI, Garrett Houge singled and scored, Ben Rupe went 2-for-2 with a double and Parkins and Brett Haun each singled for North Polk at the plate.

Schonefeld finished with one strikeout and no hits or walks allowed in ? of an inning to get the save for Gilbert. Chasey was the winning pitcher after allowing one earned run on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 6 ? of an inning.

Cale Jensen doubled and drove in a run, Thielen was 1-for-3 with an RBI, Hart went 1-for-3 with a run, Skyler Popillion and Day each singled once and Garrison Holck scored a run for Gilbert on offense.

Gilbert 2, North Polk 1

G 010 000 1 - 2 5 0

NP 001 000 0 - 1 6 1

G: Nathan Chasey, Barrett Schonefeld and Skyler Popillion.

NP: Colten Parkins and Matthew Antle.

WP: Chasey.

LP: Parkins.

2B: G - Ryan Hart, Cale Jensen. NP - Ben Rupe.