ALLEMAN — Prairie City-Monroe's baseball team managed just five hits in an 8-3 loss to North Polk on Friday night during Heart of Iowa Conference play.
The Comets also only had five hits but they were more timely and the hosts took advantage of four walks.
"We played a clean game," PCM coach Jeff Lindsay said. "We fielded it well. They just put a few more of their hits together. I thought it was a good game though."
North Polk led 5-0 afer two innings. The Mustangs trimmed the deficit to two in the top of the fifth, but the Comets (7-5 overall, 6-3 in the conference) stretched the lead with a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth.
Beau Webb had two hits and an RBI to lead the Mustangs (4-7, 4-6) at the plate. Andrew Mitchell doubled and scored a run, Caleb Duinink had one hit and one RBI and Durant Van Dyke had the other hit.
Kolten Johnson collected an RBI and courtesy runners Dylan Warrick and Matt Rosonke both scored a run.
Derek Brown started on the mound and took the loss after allowing five earned runs on four hits with one strikeout, two walks and one hit batter.
Van Dyke pitched the final two innings, surrendering three earned runs on one hit with three strikeouts, two walks and one hit batter.
"I think we are heading in the right direction to be playing our best ball at the end of the season," Lindsay said.
The Mustangs face Gilbert in a HOIC doubleheader at 5:15 p.m. on Monday in Gilbert.