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Polk Middle downs Apple Valley in season opener

Polk County Middle played opportunistic baseball Thursday, building an early lead en route to a 7-5 win over Apple Valley Middle in Blue Ridge Conference baseball action

Polk County Middle played opportunistic baseball Thursday, building an early lead en route to a 7-5 win over Apple Valley Middle in Blue Ridge Conference baseball action in Flat Rock.

The Wolverines made their season opener a successful one despite notching just two hits.

Polk Middle also got a key relief pitching performance from Angus Weaver, who came on with one out in the bottom of the fifth and two runners on and got the final two outs of the game for the save.

“We had some timely hitting in the first inning that got us up early and we were able to take advantage of some of their miscues,” said Polk Middle head coach Kenny Hall.

“Alex Tipton gave us a great start on the mound that allowed Evan (Jones) and Angus to come in and finish the game strong.”

The Wolverines jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Jones opened the game with a walk, stole second and then scored on Alex Tipton’s single. Weaver reached base on a fielder’s choice, with Tipton moving to third and then scoring on Lawson Carter’s groundout.

Weaver then scored with two outs on Gabe Alvarado’s base hit.

Apple Valley cut the lead to 3-2 after two innings, but the Wolverines exploded for four runs in the top of the third. With two outs and Alvarado on first, Gunnar Alm was hit by a pitch. Cohen Edwards followed with a walk, and Jayce Edwards drew another walk to force in Alvarado with the first run of the inning.

Jones also reached on a to plate Alm, with Tipton then reaching on an error that scored Cohen Edwards and Jayce Edwards to make it 7-2.

Tipton earned the win, pitching three innings and allowed three runs on three hits. Jones pitched an inning and a third, allowing two hits and two runs.

Polk Middle hosts Hendersonville Middle on Monday at 4:30 p.m. at Polk County Recreation Complex.

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