Surging Wolverines win again on road, downing Mitchell

Polk County freshman Nick Capozzi allowed five hits and two earned runs in four innings of work Wednesday and had a key two-run triple.

A second straight day of Western Highlands Conference road play proved no problem Wednesday for Polk County.

The Wolverines made the long trek to Mitchell a good one, scoring 11 runs in the final three innings to earn a 14-6 victory in Bakersville.

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Polk County (4-6, 3-2) hammered 14 hits to win for the third time in its last four games and earn its third straight conference victory.

The Wolverines trailed 4-3 entering the fifth inning, but scored four runs to take a lead they would never lose. Bailey Livesay singled and Evan Rimer walked before Holden Owens laced a two-run double to right.

Mitchell recorded two quick outs, with Owens to moving to third, where he scored on Zach Foy’s single. A walk to Nick Capozzi moved Foy to second, with a passed ball moving him to third, from where he scored on Chris Lawrence’s single for a 7-4 lead.

The Mountaineers scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Polk County scored six runs in the top of the sixth to put the game out of reach. A bases-loaded walk to Tyler Harris, Foy’s RBI single, Capozzi’s two-run triple and Lawrence’s sacrifice bunt accounted for the runs.

Avery Edwards earned the win with two hitless innings of relief, striking out five.

Owens finished 3-for-5 with two RBI, with Sedric Pickett and Foy each going 2-for-5 with three RBI. Livesay and Rimer were both 2-for-3.

Polk County continues conference play on Friday, returning home to host Hendersonville.