Polk County Middle pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the sixth Wednesday to defeat Flat Rock 4-3 in baseball action at Polk County Recreation Complex.
The Wolverines closed the regular season with a 6-6 record and clinched a Blue Ridge Conference playoff berth. Polk County Middle will open the BRC playoffs at Waynesville, the top seed from the West Division.
Alex Tipton opened the bottom of the sixth with a triple and scored the winning run as the Wolverines won their second straight game.
Polk County gave up two runs in the top of the first, but answered with three in the bottom of the inning. Gunnar Alm drew a walk, stole second and moved to third on Evan Jones’ single. Tipton’s sacrifice fly brought home Alm, and Weaver followed with a double to drive in Jones.
With two outs, Jayce Edwards singled to bring home Weaver and give Polk a 3-2 lead.
Flat Rock (3-9) added the tying run in the fifth before Tipton’s heroics.
Jones was 2-for-3 for Polk Middle, with Alm, Tipton, Weaver, Edwards and Banks Barber accounting for the other Polk hits. The Wolverines also had five stolen bases.
Weaver earned the win, pitching a complete game and allowing just three hits.