Aaron Jackson’s walkoff single lifted Polk County to a dramatic 10-9 victory over Patton in junior baseball action Tuesday at The Bottoms.
Polk County improved to 2-5 with the win. Patton dropped to 1-5.
How it happened: The Wolverines trailed 9-6 entering their final at-bat, but began their rally with one out in the sixth inning.
Blaine Turner was hit by a pitch, Bryson Hoots legged out an infield single and Piercen Edwards walked to load the bases. Bryson Jones and Peyton Hoots then also drew walks to force in two runs.
That brought Jackson to the plate, and the freshman bounced a single into left field that allowed Edwards and Jones to race home with the tying and winning runs.
Patton built a 5-1 lead after three and half innings, but Polk scored two runs in the fourth as Jones doubled and later scored on a wild pitch and Peyton Hoots singled and scored on Nick Stribling’s infield grounder.
Down 9-3 in the fifth, Polk put together a three-run rally. Turner singled, Bryson Hoots walked and the two then moved up a base with steals. Turner scored on an Edwards grounder and Hoots scored on a Jones single. Jones scored later in the inning.
At the plate: Jones finished 3-for-3 with two doubles, three RBI and three runs scored. Jackson was also 3-for-3 with two RBI, and Turner, Bryson Hoots and Peyton Hoots each had base hits.
On the mound: Bryson Hoots earned the win, pitching two innings of relief. Turner started and pitched 3 1/3 innings, with Edwards pitching 2/3 of an inning.
Next up: The two teams meet again on Thursday, this time at Patton in a 4 p.m. start.