ALLEMAN - Jacob Hadaway needs just one run - just one - and it's lights out.
He got that and then some Tuesday night.
Hadaway, a junior right-handed pitcher and the ace of the staff for No. 3-ranked North Polk, continued his season-long ritual of piling up goose eggs here Tuesday night in the Comets' 13-3 victory over South Hamilton in a Class 2A District 14 semifinal.
He pitched four innings of one-hit ball and exited the bump with a 5-0 lead against the Hawks. The Comets (27-4) poured it on from there, scoring one run in the fifth and sixth innings before exploding for six in the seventh en route to a third win over South Hamilton (9-16) this season.
In 51 innings of work this season, Hadaway hasn't allowed an earned run. He has 87 strikeouts after fanning seven Hawks.
"What makes (Hadaway) so good is he can throw any pitch he has for a strike, and he just pounds the zone," South Hamilton head coach Bret Bell said. "When he establishes that early then he can start throwing curves out of the zone and make you chase because you have to respect that he can hit the zone every time."
North Polk032 011 6-13 13 1
South Hamilton000 010 2- 3 6 4
Jacob Hadaway, Sam Pickard (5), Noah Pickard (7) and Grant Lang. Cole Swenson and Lucas Olson. W-Hadaway. L-Swenson. 2B-NP: N. Pickard, Brandon Cory. RBI-NP: S. Pickard, N. Pickard, Zach Easter (3), B. Cory, Clay Cory, Dylan Reinhart (2), Russell Greene; SH: Devin Howard, Justin Shepherd, Jordan Sogard.
Devin Howard was the lone Hawks to win an encounter against Hadaway; he singled in the fourth inning.
South Hamilton managed five more hits against relievers Sam and Noah Pickard. Justin Shepherd, John Hegland, Lane Heinlein, Lucas Olson and Jordan Sogard all singled.
Sogard drove in a run in the fifth; Howard and Shepherd picked up RBIs in the seventh.
North Polk punished Hawks' pitcher Cole Swenson for 13 hits, including doubles by Noah Pickard and Brandon Cory. Seven different Comets drove in runs; Zach Easter collected three RBIs, Dylan Reinhart two.
"They hit the ball hard, they have a true passion for the game and it shows," Bell said of the Comets. "They're just extremely talented, and I would be surprised if they're not in the semifinals, if not the finals of the state tournament here in a couple of weeks."
South Hamilton had its chances to add more runs in the later innings. The bases were left loaded in the fifth and seventh.
"The score doesn't show how close the game really was," Bell said. "When you get guys in scoring position, you've got to capitalize."
Swenson went all seven innings on the mound. Only four of North Polk's run were earned - the Hawks committed four errors - and he struck out five.