An opening-day no-hitter. Hard to top that.
Four Polk County Middle pitchers combined to hold Apple Valley hitless on Thursday in a 9-4 win for the Wolverines in Hendersonville.
Noah Harden, Alex Perry, Blaine Turner and Piercen Edwards each pitched for Polk in the season opener, striking out nioone and walking two. The Knights took advantage of the two walks, five hit batsmen and four Polk errors to score their four runs.
Harden earned the win, striking out six and allowing just one unearned run in four innings.
Leading 2-1, Polk Middle tallied five times in the fourth to take command of the game. With one out, Kaleb McEntyre and Turner each singled, with a walk to Nate Fagan loading the bases. Perry followed with a single that scored two runs, and Avery Hensley’s single plated another to make it 5-1.
Harden drew a walk before an Apple Valle error allowed Perry and Hensley to score and up the lead to 7-1.
The Wolverines added a run in both the sixth and seventh innings.
Hensley finished 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead Polk’s offense, with Perry driving in two runs on a 1-for-4 day. Turner, Fagan, Harden and McEntyre each had one hit.
Perry also had three stolen bases.
Polk Middle makes its home debut on Monday, hosting Brevard Middle at 4:30 p.m. at Polk County Recreation Complex.