Polk County Middle School’s 2013 softball season ended with a loss to Macon Middle in the Blue Ridge Middle School Conference tourney championship game.
The Wolverines suffered the same fate on Monday to open the 2014 season, as Macon rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to defeat Polk Middle 7-4 at Polk County Recreation Complex.
As season openers go, Polk couldn’t have asked for a tougher test. But the Wolverines more than met the challenge despite the final score.
“Macon has a very good team. They’re a tough team to open up with,” said Polk Middle head coach Rachel McEntire. “They’re not part of our division, so at least we’ll be able to see our weaknesses and what we need to work on and improve.”
The Wolverines (0-1) held Macon scoreless in the top of the first and then exploded in their half of the inning. Haley Fowler singled to open the frame, then scored on Maranda Gosnell’s RBI double. Catcher Autumn Owen followed with a two-run homer over the outfield fence to give Polk County a 3-0 lead.
Macon responded with a run in the third, then scored four runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to grab a 7-3 lead and command of the game. Polk Middle added a run in the seven as Ansley Lynch scored on Gosnell’s infield hit.
Fowler struck out six in the game while Owen added a triple to her homer.
“I’m proud of our pitching. (Fowler) fought hard,” McEntire said. “Even when mistakes were being made around her, she stayed in there and fought.
“We’ll come out tomorrow and fix some of our defensive mistakes. This was a good learning experience for us.”