Waynesville Middle survives Polk Middle comeback

Nick Capozzi had one of Polk County Middle's three hits on Thursday.

Waynesville Middle School held Polk County Middle to three hits Thursday in taking a 5-3 win over the Wolverines in middle school baseball action at Polk County Recreation Complex.

The Mountaineers scored four runs in the top of the first inning, then held off a determined Polk County comeback as the Wolverines dropped to 2-4 on the season.

Trailing 5-0 entering the bottom of the fifth, Polk Middle began its rally. Jonathan Edwards reached base on a one-out walk, moved to second when Evan Dadson also walked, moved to third on a passed ball and then scored on Jordan Bishop’s infield grounder. Shane Parris followed with a single to move Dadson to third, but Waynesville got the final out of the inning to keep the score at 5-1.

The Wolverines added one more run in the sixth as Grayson Jones walked with two outs, stole second and then scored on an error on Daniel Ruff’s grounder.

Polk Middle again threatened in the bottom of the seventh. Dadson and Bishop each walked to open the inning. Dadson was forced out at third on Parris’ grounder, but with two outs, Nick Capozzi singled to plate Bishop.

With the tying run on first, Waynesville Middle got the final out of the game to preserve the win.

Parris, Capozzi and Jones had Polk Middle’s three hits. Daniel Ruff came on in relief of Capozzi and pitched three innings of one-hit relief.