Stranded runners plague Polk Middle in 11-6 loss

Polk County Middle's Kaleb Kropp

Smoky Mountain Middle built a 9-2 lead Wednesday and went on to post an 11-6 win over Polk County Middle in baseball action at Polk County Recreation Complex.

The Wolverines (2-5) had their chances against the Mustangs, but stranded 12 runners on base as Smoky Mountain pitchers issued sevenĀ hits and 12 walks.

Polk Middle scored two runs in the first to end the inning trailing 3-2. Bryson Edwards walked with one out, followed by Nick Capozzi’s single and a walk to Isaac Medford that loaded the bases. Kaleb Kropp drew a walk to force in one run, and Jonathan Edwards singled home another before the Mustangs got a double play to end the inning.

Smoky Mountain scored a run in the third and four in the fourth to grab their 9-2 edge, but Polk responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jordan Bishop singled with one out before walks to Grayson Jones and Bryson Edwards loaded the bases. A Capozzi infielder grounder brought home Bishop, and Jones scored on a Medford single to make it 9-4.

The Wolverines added two more runs in the fifth to pull within three at 9-6. Jonathan Edwards walked, then scored one out later on a wild throw on Evan Dadson’s infield grounder. Dadson reached third on that play and then scored on a Jones grounder.

Smoky Mountain added two runs in the top of the sixth to account for the final margin.

Jonathan Edwards finished 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead Polk Middle, which also got hits from Capozzi, Medford, Kropp, Shane Parris and Bishop.

The Wolverines are home on Monday, hosting Brevard Middle at 4:30 p.m.