A three-run fourth inning Monday helped push Polk County Middle to a 6-5 win over Apple Valley in the Wolverines’ season opener at Polk County Recreation Complex.
In a back-and-forth battle, Polk Middle overcome a 5-3 deficit with the big inning, then got solid relief pitching from Karson Scruggs and Lawson Carter to seal the win.
The winning rally began in the fourth with one out as Scruggs and Carter drew one-out walks. Jayce Edwards followed with a single to score Scruggs, with Carter moving to third.
Kendall McEntyre was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Alex Tipton drew a walk to score Carter and make it a 5-5 game. Gave Alvarado then lifted a sacrifice fly to left field that allowed Edwards to race home with what proved to be the winning run.
Scruggs pitched three scoreless innings in relief to earn the win, with Carter pitching a scoreless seventh for the save. The two teamed with Cohen Edwards and Tipton to allow just one earned run on eight hits, striking out three and walking two.
Polk Middle took an early 2-0 lead as Carter was hit by a pitch and stole second. With two outs, Tipton’s single drive in Carter, and Tipton also stole second before scoring on an error.
Apple Valley rallied for a 5-2 lead, but the Wolverines cut into that deficit in the third as Edwards singled and stole second, then scored on McEntyre’s single.
Edwards finished 2-for-4, with McEntyre, Tipton, Edwards and Scruggs each adding singles.
Polk Middle is scheduled to return to action Tuesday, hosting Macon Middle at 4:30 p.m.