Grayson Jones tied a school record Wednesday with five hits in a game as Polk County swept a Western Highlands Conference doubleheader at Mountain Heritage.
The Wolverines earned an 11-4 win in the opener and a 19-7 victory in the nightcap to set up a showdown Friday at Madison for the WHC regular-season title. Polk County (16-4, 13-1) leads Madison by a game, but should the Patriots win Friday, they would win the season series and be conference champions by virtue of that tiebreaker.
Jones had four singles and a double in the second game Wednesday to match the school mark set last season by Nick Capozzi. He finished 5-for-5 with two RBI and scored four runs.
The Wolverines had 19 hits in the game, but lead just 6-4 after four innings. Polk upped the lead to 9-5 after four, then exploded for 10 runs in the fifth inning to put the game out of reach.
Working to save available pitchers for Friday’s game, the Wolvreines turned to Kaleb Kropp to start the nightcap, and he pitched four innings, allowing three hits, walking three and giving up four runs, all unearned. Austin Geagley pitched the final two innings.
Jordan Bishop finished 3-for-3 with two doubles, driving in three runs and scoring three, while Elijah Sutton finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and a triple. Evan Rimer, Nick Capozzi and Sedrick Pickett each had two hits while Avery Edwards was 1-for-1 with two RBI and Coble Cameron was 1-for-3 with three RBI.
The Wolverines never trailed in the opener, scoring in each of the first six innings en route to the victory.
Zeke Herrmann earned the win on the mound, pitching six innings and giving up four runs, two earned, on seven hits. Shane Parris pitched a scoreless seventh.
Capozzi finished 3-for-5, with Rimer going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Pickett also was 2-for-4. Jones and Cameron each had base hits in the win.