East Henderson holds off late Polk County surge for 7-4 win

East Henderson pitching produced a rare double-double Monday at The Bottoms – a combined 10 strikeouts and 10 walks.

But Eagle hurlers Reece Alverson and Guhner Palmer also held Polk County to just one hit, and that proved enough to lift the Eagles to a 7-4 victory over the Wolverines in a non-conference matchup.

Polk (8-5) got a single from Lawson Carter in the sixth inning for its only hit of the night. But the 10 base on balls kept the Wolverines in the contest throughout the evening, especially in that sixth inning.

Trailing 6-2 at the time, Polk’s Micah Hill and Jackson Beiler each drew one-out walks. A wild pitch moved the runners up a base before Carter laced a sharp single to right, driving in Hill to cut the Eagle advantage to 6-3.

Beiler scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-4, and Landen Bradley drew a walk to put the tying run on base before Palmer got an infield grounder to end the inning.

The Wolverines scored a pair of runs in the first inning, taking advantage of five East Henderson walks.

Evan Jones started and took the loss, allowing four runs in just over an inning of work. Casey Beiler pitched five innings of relief, with Carter pitching the seventh inning.

East Henderson improved to 5-7 with the win.

Polk County begins a key two-game series with R-S Central on Tuesday, hosting the Hilltoppers before traveling to R-S on Thursday. East Rutherford, R-S Central, Chase and Polk County all have two conference losses at present.

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