Champs! Polk Middle completes run to baseball title

Kaleb Kropp had a key two-run single in Thursday's win.

Polk County Middle’s baseball team completed one of the more remarkable weeks in the school’s athletic history on Thursday with a brand new title – conference champions.

The Wolverines won their third game in four days, all on the road, handing Brevard Middle an 8-5 loss in the final of the Blue Ridge Middle School Conference tournament in Brevard.

Polk Middle (8-9) knocked off the conference’s No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 seeds – all teams they lost to during the regular season – to claim the tournament title.

And there were plenty of outstanding performances.

Grayson Jones started and pitched a complete game, holding Brevard Middle to six hits while striking out four. Jones also had three of the Wolverines’ 13 hits and had a stolen base for good measure.

Daniel Ruff finished 2-for-4 with two RBI while Jordan Bishop and Jonathan Edwards each had two hits as well. Kaleb Kropp drove in two runs and Shane Parris, Nick Capozzi and Isaac Medford each added a hit.

Brevard (13-4) grabbed a 4-1 lead after three innings before Polk Middle began to rally.

Medford reached on an error to open the top of the fourth, stole second, then scored on Edwards’ base hit. Edwards moved to second on the play, then scored when Ruff singled to make it 4-3.

Parris reached on an error to open the fifth, then moved to second on a Jones single. A passed ball moved both runners up a base before Capozzi was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Kropp then delivered a single to drive in Parris and Jones for a 5-4 lead. Medford followed with a single to plate Capozzi, and Kropp and Medford scored one out later on Ruff’s single to make it 8-4.

Brevard pushed across a run in the sixth, then loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh on an error and two walks. But Edwards caught the final out of the inning to seal the win and the most improbable of championships for Polk.