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.
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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.