GOING TO THE GAME
The state tournament is scheduled for Principal Park through the 2020 season. Future tentative dates are:
2013 — July 26-27, 29-August 3
2014 — July 25-26, 28-August 2
2015 — July 24-25, 27-August 1
Jacob Hadaway retired the first 15 batters he faced, and went 1-for-2 with a run scored from the plate to lead North Polk to a 5-0 victory over Forest City in the final Class 2A quarterfinal game at Principal Park on Saturday night. Hadaway entered the tournament without having allowed an earned run in 59 innings. That streak continues — as does the Comets' season.
North Polk got four runs in the second behind Dylan Reinhart’s two-run line drive single over the head of a leaping Jonathon Krien at second base, scoring Wyatt Houge and Hadaway. Reinhart would come around to score on a RBI-single to right off the bat of Noah Pickard. Zach Easter followed by driving in Sam Pickard, who singled earlier in the inning, on a ground out to third. Sam Pickard went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
The Comets added another in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Noah Pickard that scored Reed Smith, who singled earlier in the inning.
Hadaway allowed one hit, walked none and struck out 12 en route to a complete game shutout. The junior right-hander had a perfect game broken up in the sixth when Thomas O’Rourke laced a single to center to leadoff the inning.
Indians starter Isaac Tuttle suffered the loss. The junior allowed five runs on nine hits, walked three and struck out eight in a complete game of work on the mound.
The North Polk Comets (30-4) will face the defending state champion Mustangs of Davis County on Thursday at Principal Park. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. Forest City — making only its second state tourney trip since winning it all in 1984 — ends at 21-9.
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