Alex Tipton had two hits in Friday's loss

Patriots build early lead, hold off Wolverines

Madison built a 5-1 lead after four innings Friday and went on to hand Polk County a 9-4 defeat in Western Highlands Conference baseball action in Marshall.

The Patriots (1-3, 1-1) picked up their first win of the season thanks in part to a three-run fourth inning that gave them their four-run advantage.

Polk County (2-4, 1-1) answered with two runs in the top of the sixth. Coble Cameron opened the inning with a double, then moved to third on a passed ball. With one out, Jon Edwards doubled to drive in Cameron, then scored on Jackson Beiler’s single to trim the Madison lead to 5-3.

The Patriots, though, responded with four runs in the bottom of the sixth to push the lead to 9-3. Polk County then added a run in the top of the seventh on a Madison error.

The Wolverines scored their first run in the top of the second as Alex Tipton’s double brought home Shane Parris, who had singled to open the inning.

Tipton finished 2-for-4, with Bryson Edwards, Cameron, Jon Edwards, Parris and Beiler adding hits.

Cameron took the loss, pitching four innings and allowing five runs on seven hits. Jon Edwards pitched the final three innings, allowing four runs, all unearned, on three hits. Polk pitchers issued eight walks.

Polk County is back in action on Tuesday, traveling to Owen.