Brevard Middle School had outscored its opponents 48-4 in winning its first three games. A young Polk Middle School squad, meanwhile, had opened its season with an 0-4 mark.
None of that mattered Monday to the Wolverines, though, as Polk County scored six runs in the fourth inning to rally for a 7-6 win over the Blue Devils in a Blue Ridge Middle School Conference game at Polk County Recreation Complex.
In a rematch of last season’s conference championship game, which Polk Middle won, the Wolverines (1-4) delivered their best performance of this season to date, the highlight being that fourth-inning rally.
Trailing 6-1 entering the bottom of the fourth, Polk Middle’s comeback began with one out as O’Neal Price singled and moved to second on a throwing error. A passed ball moved Price to third, from where he scored on Colin Searcy’s single to make it 6-2.
Brad Marcello drew a walk, as did Evan Jones, to load the bases. Another walk to Shane Parris plated Searcy to make it 6-3, and an error on Bryson Edwards’ at-bat allowed Marcello to score to make it 6-4. Coble Cameron drew a walk for another run, and Chan Barber followed with a single to drive in Parris with the tying run.
A Brevard balk during Jackson Bieler’s at-bat then brought in Edwards with what proved to be the winning run.
Polk Middle had gotten on the board in the third as Edwards singled to drive home Jones. That cut Brevard’s lead to 3-1, but the Blue Devils scored three in the top of the fourth to extend their lead.
Barber had two hits and an RBI to lead the Wolverines, with Edwards finishing 1-for-3 with two RBI. Jones, Parris, Price and Searcy each had hits for Polk.
Edwards pitched two innings of relief to earn the win.
Polk Middle hits the road on Thursday, traveling to Waynesville Middle for a 4:30 p.m. game.