Polk County finally ran into a deficit Tuesday night it couldn’t overcome.
The Wolverines rallied from behind four times during their Western Highlands Conference clash with Mitchell. But the Mountaineers took advantage of a tiring Polk squad to score eight runs in the top of the 10th inning and take an 18-10 victory at Polk.
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Playing its third game in four days, the Wolverines (5-10, 4-5) kept fighting back against Mitchell, scoring game-tying runs in the bottom of the seventh and ninth innings to prolong the evening.
But the combination of comebacks and schedule appeared to finally catch up with the Wolverines in the top of the 10th inning. Mitchell (2-6, 1-4) scored its eight runs thanks to four hit batsmen, four walks, an error and two hits.
Trailing by one, Polk County had a shot at winning the game in the bottom of the ninth as Tyler Harris and Zach Foy reached on errors to open the inning, with Harris moving to third on the latter Mitchell miscue.
With one out, Elijah Sutton’s pop-up bunt fell between the mound and home plate, allowing Harris to score the tying run as the Mitchell infield converged on the ball. But both Sutton and Foy were caught in rundowns on the play, ending the inning and sending the game to the deciding 10th.
Polk County forced extra innings with a dramatic three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh. Evan Rimer singled to open the inning, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on Holden Owens’ double. One out later, Harris singled to drive in Owens to make it 9-8.
Harris eventually reached third with two outs on a pair of passed balls, and a Mitchell error allowed Harris to score with the tying run.
Mitchell opened the game with three runs in the top of the first, but the Wolverines answered with four in the bottom of the first to take the lead. Harris’ two-run double keyed that rally.
The Mountaineers regained the lead with two runs in the top of the fifth; Polk answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning as Sedric Pickett and Harris laced RBI singles to give Polk a 6-5 edge.
Mitchell then scored two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to set the stage for the Wolverines’ seventh-inning rally.
Harris finished 3-for-5 with four RBI to lead Polk County’s offense. Owens and Rimer each had two hits, with Pickett finishing 1-for-4 with two RBI. Jared Wolfe and Sutton also had base hits.
Trystan Jenkins finished 4-for-5, including a home run, and drove in six runs to lead Mitchell at the plate.
Polk County’s junior varsity earned its 10th straight win, pounding Mitchell 11-1.
Polk County closes its pre-spring break schedule on Thursday, hosting Avery.