Brevard built an early 6-2 lead Tuesday and held off Polk County to claim a 7-5 victory in the Wolverines’ season opener in Brevard.
The Blue Devils scored the game’s first run in the first inning, but Polk County responded with two runs in the third to grab the lead. Brad Marcello and Alex Tipton opened the third with singles, then each advanced a base on a one-out passed ball. Coble Cameron followed with a sharply hit ball to left field that brought home both runs to give the Wolverines a 2-1 edge.
Brevard, though, scored five runs in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of five Polk errors in the inning. The Wolverines had eight errors in the game.
Polk County responded with a three-run rally in the fifth inning. Tipton and Bryson Edwards singled to open the frame, with Tipton then scoring on a wild pitch before Cameron drew a walk. With two outs, a balk moved the runners up a base, and Jon Edwards laced a single that scored both to make it a 6-5 game.
Brevard added an insurance run in the sixth, and though the Wolverines got the tying runner to the plate in the seventh, the Blue Devils escaped without further damage for the win.
Tipton finished 2-for-4 and scored two runs to lead Polk County’s offense, with Bryson Edwards, Cameron, Jon Edwards and Brad Marcello each adding a hit.
Micah Hill took the loss, pitching five innings, allowing four hits, striking out nine and giving up just one earned run. Jon Edwards allowed two hits and a run in one inning of relief.
Polk County is slated to make its home debut on Friday with a return meeting with Brevard.