Polk County bats exploded Saturday against Surry Central as the Wolverines earned a split of their two games in Surry County.
The Wolverines pounded out 15 hits, including a school-record four doubles by Elijah Sutton, in downing Surry Central 17-8. Polk then dropped a 9-3 decision to East Surry.
Sutton’s four doubles broke the school record of three. He also drove in four runs and scored four runs in the game.
Grayson Jones and Evan Rimer each homered and Jordan Bishop added a triple for the Wolverines’ seven extre-base hits in the game.
Bishop finished 2-for-4 with two RBI, with Jones going 2-for-5 with two RBI. Coble Cameron finished 0-for-1, but had three RBI while Avery Edwards and Rimer were each 1-for-4 with two RBI.
Polk County (6-4) trailed 5-0 after three innings, but scored four runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a 7-6 lead after five. The Wolverines added another four runs in the sixth and put the game out of reach with six runs in the seventh.
Zeke Herrmann earned the win, pitching five innings and allowing four hits and no earned runs with five strikeouts. Shane Parris pitched the final two innings.
Surry Central dropped to 3-8 with the loss.
Undefeated East Surry improved to 9-0 with the win in the Wolverines’ second game.
The Cardinals scored at least one run in each of the first five innings and held Polk scoreless until the seventh. Junior Dillon Mosley came on to pitch with two outs in the bottom of the first and pitched five innings of scoreless relief, striking out six.
Polk scored its three runs in the seventh when Coble Cameron singled to open the inning, then scored on Rimer’s one-out home run, his second of the day. Herrmann and Nick Capozzi followed with singles, with each moving up a base on Sedrick Pickett’s groundout, with Herrmann scoring on an East Surry error.
Rimer finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and Cameron was 2-for-3 to lead Polk County at the plate.
Avery Edwards took the loss, pitching three and two-thirds innings, with Parris and Jonathan Edwards teaming for two and a third innings of relief, allowing three hits and one unearned run.
Polk County returns to Western Highlands Conference play on Tuesday, hosting Owen.