Polk County's Chan Barber celebrates Wednesday after safely sliding into third with a triple in the third inning of Polk's matchup with North Henderson

Knights fend off Wolverine rally, take 7-4 victory

Polk County matched runs with North Henderson in three of Wednesday’s seven innings at The Bottoms.

The Knights, though, scored in five frames, building a 7-2 lead and holding off a late Wolverine rally to claim a 7-4 victory in a non-conference game.

The teams matched runs early, each scoring in the first and third innings. But North Henderson (10-3) pushed across two runs in the fourth inning and another in the sixth, then added two more in the seventh for its five-run advantage.

Polk County (7-4) didn’t go quietly in its final at-bat. Evan Jones, Coble Cameron and Angus Weaver drew walks to load the bases, with Micah Hill then hit by a pitch with two outs to force in one run. Lawson Carter’s hard-hit grounder resulted in a Knight error that allowed another run to score and cut the lead to three.

At that point, North Henderson turned to senior pitcher Brayden Corn, who ended the game with a strikeout to earn the save.

Down 1-0 in the first, Polk County evened the score as Cameron and Weaver lashed back-to-back two-out singles, with Cameron scoring on Weaver’s base hit.

North added its run in the third, the Wolverines answered as Chan Barber drilled a line drive into the gap in right-center field and raced around for a triple, then scored on Cameron’s infield grounder to make it 2-2.

The Knights used a walk, double, sacrifice fly and Polk outfield error to take a 4-2 lead in the fourth, then added a run in the sixth on three walks and a hit batter.

Casey Beiler took the loss, pitching five innings, allowing five hits and two unearned runs. Weaver pitched two innings of relief and allowed three runs and three hits.

Cameron finished 2-for-3 and Barber finished 2-for-4 to lead Polk at the plate, with Beiler and Landen Bradley each adding base hits.

Polk County is set to host Madison on Saturday afternoon in another non-conference game.