Despite final loss, Polk Middle softball on roll entering postseason

Its regular-season finale Thursday didn’t go as Polk County Middle’s softball team hoped. But head coach Rachel McEntire still has high hopes for the postseason.

The Wolverines closed their regular season with a 20-1 loss to Rugby Middle at Polk County Recreation Complex. A day after routing Apple Valley for its third straight win, Polk County ran into one of the conference’s better teams and pitching far different than it saw 24 hours earlier.

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pcms2But the Wolverines will still take wins in three of their final four games into the Blue Ridge Middle School Conference postseason tournament, slated to begin next week. Polk County will be on the road for its first-round game at a location to be determined.

“With the exception of this last game, they’ve really turned the defensive intensity up,” McEntire said. “We’ve made some plays that we didn’t make at the beginning of the year. They’ve really hustled after the ball.

“I believe we are really showing our potential.”

A key for the Wolverines has been settling its pitching staff. McEntire has three pitches from which to select to back an offense led by Ansley Lynch and Morgan Stott.

“We struggled at the beginning of the year in finding a pitcher,” McEntire said. “We have three different girls with different strengths and different weaknesses.

“It’s been hard to juggle them around, but all three of them are seventh graders, so it’s a real good outlook for next year.”