As the score climbed higher and higher Monday afternoon, Polk County Middle School’s softball team steadily turned a fest of runs into a runaway.
The Wolverines rallied from an 8-6 deficit, pulling away to hand Apple Valley a 15-8 setback in Blue Ridge Middle School Conference action at Polk County Recreation Complex.
A seesaw affair between the two teams swung firmly in Polk County’s favor in the fifth inning, when the Wolverines scored two runs to take a lead they would never lose.
Alana Jergenson opened the inning with a single before Emily Prince hammered a double to left field, driving in Jergenson. Amberlyn Scruggs was hit by a pitch and Jessie Emory dropped a shallow single to center to load the bases.
With one out, Maddie Pittman’s infield grounder to second then drove home Scruggs to give Polk a 10-8 lead.
The Wolverines then exploded for five runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach. Polk County drew four walks in the inning, with Emory, Pittman and Mikailah Hall each adding RBI singles. All five runs scored with two outs.
“The entire team played very strongly, and defense is starting to really communicate well with one another,” said Polk Middle head coach Shannon Harris.
Hall started and pitched well before Scruggs came on in relief and earned the win, holding Apple Valley scoreless for the final three innings.
Emory finished 4-for-5 to lead Polk Middle at the plate.
Polk County Middle is back in action on Tuesday, traveling to Hendersonville Middle for a 4:30 p.m. game.