Zach Foy drove in six runs and Polk County pounded out 16 hits Tuesday en route to a 17-5 rout of Avery in a Western Highlands Conference game in Newland.
Foy finished 3-for-5 with a double, one of three Polk County players with at least three hits in the team’s best offensive performance to date. The Wolverines (2-5, 1-2) scored 11 runs in the final three innings to end the game after six innings.
Bailey Livesay, Holden Owens and Tyler Harris each had three hits as well.
Polk County scored three runs in its first at-bat as Livesay and Evan Rimer opened the game with singles. Both runners then scored on a Harris double, with Harris later scoring on a passed ball.
The Wolverines added three more runs in the second to take a 6-1 lead. A walk to Chris Lawrence, a Livesay single and a Rimer walk loaded the bases with one out. Lawrence scored when Owens was hit by a pitch, with Livesay scoring on a Harris single and Rimer crossing the plate after a sacrifice fly by Sedric Pickett.
Avery (0-3, 0-2) pulled within 6-3 after three innings, but a three-run Wolverine fourth began to put the game out of reach. Rimer opened the inning with a double, then scored on an Owens single before a Harris single and walk to Pickett loaded the bases. With one out, a Foy single drive in Harris and Pickett to give the Wolverines a 9-3 lead.
Polk added four runs in the sixth on a Harris RBI single, an Avery error and a Foy two-run double. The Wolverines then added four more in the sixth on a passed ball, a two-run Foy single and a Livesay single.
Rimer added a 2-for-3 effort and unofficially set a new school record by scoring five runs. Pickett finished 1-for-2, with Chris Phipps also 1-for-2.
Harris earned the win, allowing four hits and striking out five in five innings of work. Foy pitched a scoreless sixth to end the game.
Polk County remains on the road Thursday, traveling to Asheville Christian Academy.