Polk County scored three first-inning runs Thursday and never relinquished the lead, taking a 9-2 victory over Patton in Mountain Foothills 7 Conference junior varsity baseball play in Morganton.
The Wolverines improved to 3-6 and completed a sweep this week of the Panthers.
How it happened: Polk County took command of the game at the outset, tallying three times in the first inning. Blaine Turner singled and Piercen Edwards walked ahead of Bryson Jones’ two-run double.
Jones took third on the play, then scored on Peyton Hoots’ infield grounder.
Polk added a run in the second as Turner singled, Bryson Hoots doubled and Turner scored on an Edwards grounder. With the score 4-2 after three innings, the Wolverines added two runs in the fourth on an Edwards run-scoring double and a Peyton Hoots sacrifice fly.
The Wolverines then put the game out of reach with a three-run fifth. Turner singled and later scored on an Edwards one-out single. Jones followed with an RBI double and later scored on a passed ball.
At the plate: Turner finished 3-for-5 and scored three runs, with Edwards going 2-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored and Jones 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.
Bryson Hoots, Aaron Jackson and Nick Sotomayer each added base hits. Jackson added three stolen bases, with Edwards and Turner each adding two.
On the mound: Edwards tossed his second consecutive complete game, allowing five hits and striking out six in six innings.
Next up: Polk County travels Monday to East Henderson for a non-conference matchup.