Nick Capozzi and Evan Rimer each homered and Polk County tuned up for a conference showdown at Madison with an 8-3 win Wednesday over East Henderson at The Bottoms.

Capozzi slammed a three-run homer and Rimer added a two-run shot as the Wolverines improved to 13-4. East Henderson dropped to 5-15.

Polk County, currently tied with Madison atop the Western Highlands Conference standings, is slated to travel Friday to face the Patriots. A Madison win would give the Patriots a one-game lead and a tiebreaker edge over Polk, having defeated the Wolverines earlier this season.

A Polk County win would give the Wolverines at least a share of the WHC crown and a chance to win it outright at home next week.

Polk County took a 2-0 lead in the third inning of Wednesday’s game as Rimer singled, stole second and scored on Capozzi’s two-out single to right. Capozzi moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Sedrick Pickett’s single to left.

Nick Capozzi (7) prepares to flip an infield hopper to Evan Rimer to retire an East Henderson base runner during Wednesday’s game at The Bottoms

Rimer just missed a home run in the fourth, doubling to drive in Coble Cameron. Capozzi, though, didn’t miss, hammering a blast to left field to give the Wolverines a 6-0 lead.

East Henderson responded with three runs in the top of the fifth to slice the lead in half, but Rimer followed Kyler Scruggs’ single with a homer to left, giving Polk its 8-3 lead.

Rimer finished 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI, with Capozzi going 2-for-3 with four RBI. Pickett was 1-for-2 with an RBI while Elijah Sutton, Jordan Bishop and Scruggs had a hit each.

Zeke Herrmann earned the win, pitching four and a third innings and giving up five hits, three unearned runs and striking out four. Bishop pitched an inning and two-thirds of scoreless relief and Jordan Searcy tossed an inning to close out the game.

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