Polk Middle offense clicks in debut win over Apple Valley

Polk County Middle scored in all but one inning Tuesday en route to a 9-3 win over Apple Valley in the season opener for both teams at Polk County Recreation Complex.

The Wolverines snapped a 2-2 tie with four runs in the third inning, then continued to build the margin in earning the win in their 2021 debut.

Polk Middle had 11 hits for the day, with Alex Perry leading the offense with a 3-for-4 effort and five RBI.

“We played well in all phases of the game,” said Polk Middle head coach Kenny Hall. “Our defense made some very big plays to get us out of some jams.

“Karson Scruggs and Alex Perry did a great job on the mound. Our hitting and base running was aggressive, which is what we’re trying to emphasize this year.”

Apple Valley opened the game with two runs in the top of the first, but Polk Middle quickly evened the score. Gunnar Alm and Avery Hensley opened the inning with singles, then scored on the first of Perry’s two doubles.

Karson Scruggs slides safely into third as a high throw eludes an Apple Valley infielder during Tuesday’s game

The Wolverines then broke open the game in the third. Hensley singled and scored on Perry’s second double of the day. Karlen McEntyre followed with a single and stole second, with Scruggs then driving in Perry and McEntyre with a base hit.

David Shook followed with another single and Scruggs later scored on a Piercen Edwards grounder to give the Wolverines a 6-2 advantage.

Polk added a run in the fourth on a Scruggs RBI double and then closed with two runs in the fifth on Perry’s one-out single with the bases loaded.

Alm and Scruggs were each 2-for-3, with Scruggs driving in three runs. Hensley finished 2-for-4 and McEntyre and Shook each had one hit. Alm, Hensley and Perry each scored twice.

Scruggs also earned the win on the mound, allowing four hits and no earned runs in four innings with five strikeouts. Perry pitched the final inning, striking out two and allowing one run and one hit.

The Wolverines take to the road on Thursday, traveling to Hendersonville Middle.