Late rally helps Mitchell stop Polk County win streak

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Mitchell snapped Polk County’s nine-game winning streak on Wednesday, rallying for eight runs in the top of the seventh to hand the Wolverines a 10-4 defeat at The Bottoms.

The game marked the fourth this season between the two teams, with this one a non-conference matchup, and Mitchell (11-6) finally found a way to top the Wolverines (19-3) after Polk won the first three meetings.

The Wolverines eft eight runners on base in being held to fewer than five runs for just the second time this season.

Caleb Pritchard homered twice in the seventh inning for Mitchell, matching a state record held by many players. Pritchard had a solo homer to open the inning and a grand slam with two outs to close the scoring.

Mitchell held a 2-0 lead before Polk added a run in the fourth on Elijah Sutton’s RBI double. Polk then grabbed a 3-2 lead in the fifth as Holden Owens hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Grayson Jones, who singled to open the inning, and Evan Rimer scored on Sedric Pickett’s double to center.

Kaleb Kropp then cracked a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth to give Polk a 4-2 lead, setting the stage for Mitchell’s rally.

Jones finished 2-for-3 and Kropp and Pickett were each 2-for-4 for the Wolverines.

Polk County is slated to end its regular season on Friday at Rosman.