Opposing pitchers and defenses might want to beware – Polk County Middle School’s softball team is heading into the postseason on quite an offensive roll.
The Wolverines begin play on Monday in the Blue Ridge Middle School Conference postseason tournament, traveling to face Madison Middle in a 4:30 p.m. game. Polk Middle enters the playoffs on a three-game winning streak, a run in which they outscored opponents 46-1.
Polk Middle wrapped up its season last week with a 7-4-1 record.
“It was a great season,” said Polk Middle head coach Rachel McEntire.
Polk County scored at least 11 runs in all seven wins and had no fewer than four runs in any game this season. The Wolverines slugged their way to the 20-run mark in wins over Hendersonville Middle (24-1) and Flat Rock (20-0).
“We had excellent and consistent offensive production from Autumn Owen, Maranda Gosnell, Haley Fowler, Karli Wood and Hannah Emory,” McEntire said. “Our eighth graders were great leaders.
“Haley Fowler was a reliable pitcher, and I’m very proud of the progress she’s made this season.”
Key in the Wolverines’ four losses were defensive woes. But McEntire feels like Polk has corrected many of those, and that – plus the recent offensive prowess – has her excited about the start of the Blue Ridge tourney.
“Defense was a problem all season, but we have greatly improved,” McEntire said. “We hope to make a run in the tournament and really showcase our true potential.”