Wolverines hammer ACA to give Alm first victory

Victory number one as Polk County’s head baseball coach is in the books for Billy Alm.

The Wolverines gave Alm his first win on Thursday, building a 12-3 lead after four innings en route to a 13-7 victory over Asheville Christian Academy in a non-conference game at Polk.

Polk County (1-3) plated six runs in the second, four more in the third and two in the fourth en route to an advantage that the Lions (0-1) would never overcome. The teams swapped runs in the fifth before ACA added three runs in the seventh for the final margin.

Trailing 3-0 entering the bottom of the second, Polk County went to work.

Tyler Harris was hit to open the inning, with Sedric Pickett drawing a walk. An error on Zach Foy’s ground ball allowed both runners to score, and Nick Capozzi followed with a single to put runners on first and third. Foy then scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-1.

A one-out Chris Lawrence single moved Capozzi to third, where he scored on a passed ball. A sacrifice bunt by Bailey Livesay later drove in Lawrence before Holden Owens doubled to drive in Evan Rimer with the final run of the inning.

The Wolverines scored four more runs in third, two of those on a Lawrence single and two more on ACA miscues, to take a 10-3 lead.

Polk County added two more runs in the fourth on Livesay’s two-out single to right and its final run in the fifth as Owens doubled, moved to third on a Harris fly ball to center and scored on a passed ball.

Avery Edwards earned the win, giving up three hits and striking out three in five innings of work.

Lawrence finished 3-for-3 with three RBI to lead the Polk County offense. Owens added a 2-for-4 effort with two doubles and an RBI and Livesay was 1-for-4 with four RBI for the Wolverines.

The Polk County junior varsity also earned its first win in a 15-2 rout of ACA.

Polk County has its final home game on Friday before beginning a seven-game road trip, hosting Madison in its Western Highlands Conference opener.