Big first inning propels Polk Middle past Madison Middle

Polk County head coach Jason Flynn has guided the Wolverines to back-to-back wins.

Polk County scored nine runs in the first inning Thursday and went on to take a 14-8 win over Madison Middle in a Blue Ridge Middle School Conference game at Polk County Recreation Complex.

The Wolverines (4-5) built a 12-3 after two innings, finishing the five-inning game with 11 hits. The game, originally slated to be played at Madison but moved to Polk due to poor field conditions in Marshall, ended in the bottom of the fifth inning due to the time-limit rule in effect for middle school games.

Polk County sent 15 batters to the plate in the wild first inning. The Wolverines used six singles, two hit batsmen, two walks and a Madison error to score their nine runs. Jonathan Edwards, Jordan Bishop and Nick Capozzi each had two-run singles during the rally.

Polk then added three runs in the second as Daniel Ruff singled, Jordan Bishop drew a one-out walk, Shane Parris reached on his third walk of the game and Capozzi tripled to clear the bases.

Polk added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth as Capozzi reached on an error and scored on Isaac Medford’s double. Kaleb Kropp followed with a single to drive in Medford before the game was halted.

Capozzi finished 2-for-4 with five RBI to lead Polk’s offense. Medford was 2-for-3 with three RBI, with Kropp, Ruff and Bishop each adding two hits.

Jones earned the win, allowing one hit in two innings.

Polk Middle returns to action on April 18, hosting Macon Middle in a 4:30 p.m. start.