Wolverines’ rely on defense, ‘A’ game to stymie Avery

Haley Fowler drops a bunt to open the fifth inning in Thursday's 5-0 win over Avery.

Polk County had its ‘A’ game working Thursday.

Ashley Scruggs fired a one-hitter and Autumn Owen belted two home runs as Polk County earned its third straight victory, a 5-0 win over Avery in a Western Highlands Conference matchup at Polk.

The Wolverines (7-5, 6-3) kept a good Avery team (5-5, 3-4) quiet for all of the warm afternoon, the combination of Scruggs and Polk’s defense keeping Viking threats to a minimum. Scruggs struck out six in the victory.

“We played good defense, and Scruggs was on today,” said Polk County head coach Jamie Thompson. “Autumn was 2-for-2 with two home runs. She had an awesome game.

“We got people on base. We could have had a bigger inning that one inning and just got one run. But one run was enough today and we had five.”

Owen’s homer in the second inning, a solo shot, marked her third straight game with a homer. Ashley Ponder followed with a walk and later scored on Karli Wood’s single as Polk County took a 2-0 lead.

Owen added a two-run shot in the third inning, her sixth homer of the season. The Wolverines then picked up their final run in the fifth as Haley Fowler opened the inning with a bunt single, Scruggs singled and Gosnell walked to load the bases. Owen drew a walk for her fourth RBI of the game, but Ricker escaped without any other damage to keep the lead at 5-0.

Macayla Benfield’s single in the third inning provided Avery with its only hit of the game.

Polk County will enjoy spring break and return to action on April 25, hosting Rosman. The Wolverines are at home for five of their final six games.