With thunderstorms forecasted, the varsity game between the North Polk Comets and the Roland-Story Norsemen got off to an early start playing before the JV game to avoid weather on Wednesday, June 21.
The Norse got on the board first in the second inning when Jessica Hovick doubled off the fence to score Pressley Parker, who was pinch running for Hailey Louw.
The Comets answered back in the top of the third, with two runs scored on two walks and two Comet singles. North Polk added another score in the fourth inning making it 3-1, Comets.
Trailing in the bottom of the fourth inning, Sydney Mathis doubled to left field and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice setting up Cora Spainhower to deliver a two-out single for the RBI.
“I was looking for a pitch to drive, something I could put in play,” said Spainhower.
The Norse defense rallied together over the next two innings, shutting the door on the Comets’ rallies.
“The defense played well – very well – today and I’m very happy with that,” said head softball coach Amber Doyle.
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Susie Weaver doubled to left center and advanced to third on a wild pitch. With the heart of the order up, Jenna Clark drew a walk and advanced to second on a stolen base. Junior, Hailey Louw, drove the ball up the middle with a game tying single, scoring Weaver.
With the game tied in the top of the seventh inning, the Comets’ catcher earned a base on balls, followed by a single from North Polk shortstop, Carolyn Steffen. The Comets ripped the game wide open when senior, Rebecca Rimathe, hit a three-run homer.
The Roland-Story Norsemen were unable to get the bats going in the bottom of the inning and fell to the Comets 6-3.
Next game is scheduled for today, June 22, in Nevada against the Cubs; 5:30 p.m. JV, 7:30 p.m. Varsity.