Owen made a three-run first inning lead stand Tuesday, holding off Polk County for a 3-2 Western Highlands Conference baseball victory in Swannanoa.
The Warhorses (3-4, 2-1) managed just two hits against Polk County starter Micah Hill, who struck out eight in the complete-game effort. But Owen captialized on early Wolverine miscues to build a lead that would last.
The Warhorses got both base hits in the first inning and took advantage of two Polk County errors to take their 3-0 lead. The Wolverines answered in the second inning with one run as Jon Edwards walked, moved to second on an errant pickoff throw and scored on a Hill single to right.
Polk County trimmed the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the fourth. Coble Cameron opened the inning with a single, with Jackson Beiler following with a walk. Cameron stole third and scored on an Edwards sacrifice fly.
Angus Weaver followed with a single, but the Warhorses got the final two outs of the inning to preserve their one-run lead.
Hill opened the top of the seventh with a single and reached third with two outs, but the Wolverines couldn’t push the tying run home.
Owen starter Ty Creasmon allowed just four hits, with Hill going 2-for-3 and Weaver and Cameron each adding a hit.
The two teams meet again Friday at The Bottoms, with junior varsity action beginning at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Both games will be streamed on the NFHS Network.