Madison built an 8-0 lead after five innings, then survived a Polk County rally to hand the Wolverines a 9-6 setback on Friday in Western Highlands Conference softball action.

The homestanding Patriots spoiled the WHC opener for the Wolverines (3-2, 0-1), tallying three times in the first and continuing to build the lead.

Polk County, though, brought its offense to live with a vengeance in the sixth inning. Fueled by Ashley Kropp’s grand slam, Polk County scored six runs in the frame, pulling within 8-6.

But Madison escaped with the lead and added a run in the bottom of the sixth for the final margin.

Madison earned a 21-14 win in the junior varsity game.

Polk County hosts Mountain Heritage on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Madison opened a 5-0 lead after two innings and went on to take a 10-3 win over Polk County in the Wolverines’ WHC opener.

Madison roughed up Polk starter Daniel Painter, though only two of the first five runs scored by the Patriots were earned. Painter struck out six in three innings of work.

Mark Mazzilli had two hits for the Wolverines (1-5, 0-1), who host Mountain Heritage on Tuesday.

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