Polk County exploded for nine late runs Friday, pulling away to hand Owen a 11-1 defeat in a Western Highlands Conference baseball meeting in Swannanoa.
The Wolverines (9-1, 7-0) won their eighth straight game while finishing a season sweep of Owen (1-5, 1-4).
Clinging to a 2-1 lead entering the fifth, Polk County racked up four runs in the frame. The Wolverines loaded the bases on three straight hit batters, with Elijah Sutton then scoring on a wild pitch. A walk to Tyler Harris re-loaded the bases, and another wild pitch allowed Evan Rimer to score.
Nick Capozzi then ripped a single to left to drive in Grayson Jones and Wilson Edwards and give the Wolverines a 6-1 lead.
Polk County again loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth on a Chris Phipps single and walks to Sutton and Jones. Another walk to Holden Owens brought home one run before Sedric Pickett hammered a grand slam over the left-field fence.
Polk County raced to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, loading the bases on two walks and a hit batter. Harris then singled to center to drive in two runs and give the Wolverines the early lead.
The Wolverines finished with five hits as Owen pitchers walked seven and hit six batters. Phipps, Pickett, Capozzi, Harris and Clark Phipps each had base hits for the Wolverines, with Pickett driving in four runs on his homer and Harris and Capozzi each finishing with two RBI.
Harris earned the win, going five 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and striking out nine.
Polk County is back in action on Tuesday, traveling to Avery for another WHC contest.
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