Polk County Middle had a competitive, but tough, week, dropping a 5-4 decision at home to Apple Valley on Wednesday and a 4-3 loss at Hendersonville Middle on Thursday.
Polk Middle dropped to 1-9 with the two losses.
How it happened, Apple Valley: The Knights built a 2-0 lead following the top of the third before the Wolverines began to rally.
Polk pushed across a run in the bottom of the third, taking advantage of walks and a Simon Medina single.
The Wolverines then added three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead. Gage Harden singled and stole second, Zack Hayden walked and Simms Harris followed with a double. Nate Fagan added a double with two outs to give Polk a 4-2 advantage.
But Apple Valley responded with a three-run rally in the top of the sixth to take the lead, then kept Polk in check in its final at-bat to secure the win.
At the plate, Apple Valley: Fagan, Harden, Hayden, Harris and Medina each had base hits for the Wolverines.
How it happened, Hendersonville: Polk scored a pair of runs in the first inning as Fagan singled and Matthew Foy, Sawyer Huff and Gavin Waldbillig each drew walks. That combination plus aggressive base running and a Hendersonville error led to both Polk County runs.
Leading 2-1, the Wolverines added another run in the second to extend the lead as Medina singled, stole second and moved to third on a balk. He then scored on an infield error on Fagan’s at-bat.
Hendersonville tied the game at 3-3 in the third, then pushed across the eventual winning run in the bottom of the fourth.
Polk loaded the bases with two outs in the third and had multiple runners on base in the fourth, but couldn’t push another run across.
At the plate, Hendersonville: Fagan, Huff, Harris and Medina each had base hits for the Wolverines.
Next up: Polk Middle begins the final week of regular-season play on Monday, traveling to Rugby Middle for a 4:30 p.m. game.