Polk piles up runs in 16-2 thumping of Avery

Clark Phipps pitched two perfect innings in relief in Thursday's win over Avery.

Two nights after an inning gladly forgotten, Polk County had four of them worth remembering.

The Wolverines tallied in every at-bat Thursday, piling up runs in a 16-2 five-inning thumping of Avery in a Western Highlands Conference game at Polk.

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Polk County hammered out 16 hits in the game, including a 4-for-4, six-RBI effort by Holden Owens, to wipe away the bitter taste of Tuesday’s 10-inning loss to Mitchell. The Mountaineers scored eight times in the top of the 10th against a tired Polk County pitching staff.

“This was a very good way to go into break,” said Polk County head coach Billy Alm. “That’s what we planned to do coming out. We played with energy. We started a younger lineup tonight and everyone did what they were asked.”

The Wolverines quickly loaded the bases in the bottom of the first as Elijah Sutton singled, Evan Rimer walked and Owens singled. Zach Foy’s single to left drove home Sutton and Rimer and gave Polk a 2-0 lead.

The Wolverines then scored six runs in the second to begin blowing the game open. Owens’ bases-loaded double and Grayson Jones’ two-run single keyed the inning, with Chris Phipps, Rimer, Foy and Tyler Harris adding base hits during the rally.

Avery scored two runs in the top of the third to make it 8-2, but Polk County responded with five runs in its half of the inning. Phipps walked and Sutton singled to open the frame, with Owens adding an RBI single and Harris a two-run double to spark the rally. Avery Edwards contributed an RBI single to make it 13-2 at inning’s end.

Polk closed the scoring in the fourth on Owens’ two-run triple and Donivan Twitty’s RBI single to right.

Sutton, Foy and Harris each had two hits for Polk County, with Rimer, Twitty, Chris Lawrence, Jones, Edwards and Phipps each adding a hit.

Harris pitched three innings for the win, with Clark Phipps pitching two perfect innings in relief, striking out four.