Rough fifth inning dooms NP in district semis

Story and photos by Joe RandlemanStaff Writer
Rough fifth inning dooms NP in district semis

DES MOINES - Everything fell apart for the North Polk baseball team during the fifth inning of its 10-0 loss to Bondurant-Farrar in Class 3A district semifinal play Friday at Saydel High School.

The Comets gave up all 10 Bluejay runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as their season came to a close.

“They’re good,” North Polk head coach Dave Middleton said. “They hit .360 for a reason. Honestly, we missed on some pitches and they are very disciplined. They earned it.”

Through four innings, North Polk pitcher Colten Parkins was outstanding. He held Bondurant-Farrar to four hits and he had four strikeouts and and two walks.

Parkins was also helped by a big defensive play in the bottom of the fourth. Bondurant-Farrar’s Josh Meier hit a single up the middle with runners on first and second with two outs, but Comet center fielder Max Karpinske threw out the Bluejays’ Hunter Kennedy at home for a big final out to keep the game scoreless.

“We played good defense — made some plays,” Middleton said. “We got good cuts on the ball — hit the ball hard — and had a good approach in the box.”

In the top of the fifth with two outs, Nate Johnson hit a single in what turned out to be the final at-bat of his career for North Polk. But he was left stranded.

Then Bondurant-Farrar got red hot in the bottom of the fifth and North Polk had no answers.

Bondurant-Farrar had six consecutive runners reach base to start its half of the fifth, resulting in three runs. Casey Zarr then hit a sacrifice fly and Hogan McIntosh followed with a two-run double to give the Bluejays a six-run lead.

A bases-loaded walk to Tanner Bedier gave Bondurant-Farrar its seventh run. Brandon Johnson added a two-run single and Tyler Flannery was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in the final run and end the game on account of the 10-run rule.

“They just started pounding the ball and we had a couple mistakes, which is baseball,” Middleton said. “You’ve got to hit your way out of your mistakes, but we never got a chance to hit our way out of our mistakes.”

Parkins gave up seven runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and walks apiece in 4 ? innings to take the loss. Jake Johnson allowed three runs on one hit with four walks in ? of an inning.

“It’s a learning curve,” Middleton said. “When you’re brand new to the 3A thing and these other schools have been 3A for a few years, they’ve got a better feel for it. (Bondurant-Farrar) is a big team - it would not surprise me if they’re in the state tournament.

Long tossed a two-hitter with one strikeout and no walks, going all five innings to get the win for Bondurant-Farrar. McIntosh was 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI to pace the Bluejays on offense and Payton Duit was 2-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece.

Colby Cupp joined Johnson in recording a single for North Polk’s only hits off Long. The Comets ended the season with a 15-15 record.

Bondurant-Farrar 10, North Polk 0 (5)

NP 000 00 - 0 2 2

BF 000 0(10) - 10 9 0

NP: Colten Parkins, Jake Johnson (5) and Matthew Antle.

BF: Walter Long and Hogan McIntosh.

WP: Long.

LP: Parkins.

2B: BF - McIntosh.

ALLEMAN - North Polk couldn’t shake a slow start in a 10-2 non-conference loss to Bondurant-Farrar to end the regular season July 13 at Alleman.

North Polk gave up five runs in the top of the first and two in the second to fall behind 7-0. The Comets came back with a run in the bottom of the second and another in the fourth to try and hang within striking distance, but Bondurant-Farrar came up with three runs in the sixth and North Polk could not answer the rest of the way.

Reid Summers was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Nate Johnson singled and drove in a run and Max Karpinske doubled, walked and scored for North Polk on offense. Matthew Antle added a single, Colby Cupp walked twice and Matt Cox and Brett Haun each received one free pass for North Polk.

Matthew Antle was the losing Comet pitcher. He gave up seven runs - five earned - on seven hits with one strikeout and three walks in three innings.

Karpinske allowed three runs - two earned - on four hits with one strikeout and walk apiece in three innings for the Comets. Jake Johnson threw one scoreless inning, giving up no hits and two walks with one strikeout.

Will Hoyle got the win for Bondurant-Farrar. He allowed two runs - one earned - on five hits with four strikeouts and walks apiece in five innings.

Tyler Flannery tossed two scoreless and hitless innings with one strikeout and one walk for Bondurant-Farrar. Flannery was also 4-for-4 with a double, run and RBI and Payton Duit finished 2-for-5 with a double, home run, two runs and three RBI to pace the Bluejays at the plate.

Bondurant-Farrar 10, North Polk 2

BF 520 003 0 - 10 11 1

NP 010 100 0 - 2 5 4

BF: Will Hoyle, Tyler Flannery (6) and Hogan McIntosh.

NP: Matthew Antle, Max Karpinske (4), Jake Johnson (7) and Mason Russell, Antle (4).

WP: Hoyle.

LP: Antle.

2B: BF - McIntosh, Flannery, Payton Duit. NP - Karpinske.

HR: BF - Duit.