It will be a big day of Patriot Games on Tuesday and Wednesday at Polk County High School.
Madison’s softball and baseball teams are scheduled to visit Polk County for Western Highlands Conference matchups that could play a large role in the conference race and playoff picture. The varsity baseball game is slated to begin Tuesday around 6:30 p.m. The softball game is now set for Wednesday at 4 p.m. after being postponed Tuesday due to poor field conditions. The baseball game will be broadcast via the Internet at http://www.teamline.cc.
For Polk County’s softball squad, the Wolverines (10-2, 4-1) will bring a seven-game winning streak into the game to face the team that last beat them, Madison taking a 9-6 victory on Mar. 14, The Patriots (10-3, 5-0) lead the WHC by a game, thus Polk County could either move into a tie for first with a win or drop two games behind the Patriots with a loss.
Madison, ranked eighth in this week’s 2A state coaches association poll, is led offensively by senior Michaela Drewnoski, batting .378 with five home runs and 17 RBI, and juniors Baylea Loven (.391, 3HR, 18 RBI) and Brianna Reed (.295, 4 HR, 16 RBI). Junior Hannah Anders leads the team in batting average at .468, with six stolen bases.
Drewnoski and sophomore Sam Gosnell have shared duties on the mound, with Gosnell facing Polk County in the first meeting.
For the Wolverine baseball squad (5-8, 3-3), the Madison game will mark the start of the second pass through conference opposition. Polk County currently sits in fourth place in the WHC, three games behind undefeated Hendersonville, and trails second-place Madison (7-3, 4-1) by two games. A win Tuesday could help propel the Wolverines back into the thick of the conference race.
Aided by transfers from North Buncombe, Madison has rebounded from a three-win 2013 season to be one of the top WHC programs this season. The Patriots (7-3, 4-1) took Hendersonville to extra innings earlier this season and earned a 10-3 win over Polk County in the teams’ first meeting.
Senior Geoff Gerber has been the team leader, hitting .455 with seven stolen bases while going 3-1 with a 1.12 ERA on the mound. Gerber, who plans to play next season at Piedmont (Ga.) College, pitched five innings in Friday’s win over Mountain Heritage.
Junior John Heys (.440, 4HR, 11 RBI), sophomore Trenton Davis (.259, 2HR, 10 RBI) and senior Austin Owenby (.435) are other key players to watch for Madison.