Eight-run inning, pitching power Polk Middle past Hendersonville Middle

Polk County Middle exploded for eight runs in the third inning Tuesday and again got solid pitching to defeat Hendersonville Middle 12-3 in Hendersonville.

The Wolverines improved to 3-2 with the Blue Ridge Conference victory.

Polk Middle didn’t get another no-hitter to go with the two the Wolverines recorded in their first four games, but Avery Hensley and Noah Harden did team on a four-hitter, striking out five and not allowing an earned run in five innings.

“It was great to get back-to-back wins,” said Polk Middle head coach Kenny Hall. “Our pitching and defense have been really solid so far this season.”

Hendersonville scored all of its runs in the first inning as two walks, an error and Nohemiah Smith’s double fueled that effort. Polk answered with a run in the bottom of the first as Alex Perry walked, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on Nate Fagan’s single.

Then came the third inning, when Polk sent 12 batters to the plate for its eight-run outburst. Bryson Hoots had an RBI single, as did Sawyer Huff, and Blaine Turner belted an RBI triple to highlight the rally.

Polk added two runs in the fourth on a two-run Harden double and another in the fifth as Cal Eadus reached on an error and scored on another Hendersonville miscue.

Hensley finished 2-for-3 and Harden finished 2-for-4 with four RBI to pace Polk at the plate. Perry, Fagan, Huff, Turner and Hoots each had one hit.

The Wolverines are scheduled to travel Thursday to Brevard Middle for another 4:30 p.m. matchup.

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