This time, Polk County Middle had to watch a final-inning comeback lead to extra innings.
But the Wolverines still emerged a winner.
Polk Middle pushed across two runs in the top of the sixth to win a wild 12-10 shootout with Flat Rock in Blue Ridge Conference baseball action at Blue Ridge Community College.
A day after Polk County (3-1) rallied from five runs down in its final at-bat to force extra innings in a win at Canton, Flat Rock performed the same feat, scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game.
Jayce Edwards began the top of the sixth at second base, per tiebreaking rules, and moved to third as Gunnar Alm reached on an error. After Alm stole second, Alex Tipton followed with a single to drive in both runners.
“We’ve been on both ends of two hard-fought extra-inning rallies in two days and have come out on top,” said Polk County head coach Kenny Hall. “I believe this team represents what Polk County athletics are all about.”
Polk Middle built a 7-0 lead after an inning and a half. Angus Weaver amd Gabe Alvarado had RBI singles and Bryson Jones drove in two runs with a two-out hit to make it 4-0, and a Weaver triple highlighted a three-run second inning.
Flat Rock scored six runs in the bottom of the third to cut Polk’s lead to one, but the Wolverines added three runs in the fourth. Alm doubled to open the inning, moved to second on Tipton’s sacrifice and scored on Evan Jones’ base hit.
Weaver followed with a double, then scored on Alvarado’s single to make it 10-6.
Weaver finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and also earned the win in relief. Alvarado was 2-for-3 with two RBI, with Alm, Tipton, Evan Jones and Bryson Jones each adding a hit. Alm scored four runs and had two steals.