Polk County Middle School outslugged Asheville Christian Academy on Monday, rapping out 14 hits to win a wild 13-11 game in Asheville.
Polk County (5-6) scored six runs in the top of the sixth to overcome an 8-7 deficit and pick up the win in its first game in 18 days.
Bryson Ridings singled to open the sixth, then scored one out later on Wilson Edwards’ triple to tie the game at 8-8. Edwards was picked off third for the second out of the inning, but Tyler Harris singled and scored on Holden Owens’ double to give the Wolverines a 9-8 lead.
Avery Edwards followed with a base hit to drive home Owens, Jared Wolfe singled and Leland Henderson singled to bring home another run. Kyler Scruggs was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Ridings singled for the second time in the inning, driving home Wolfe and Henderson and giving Polk a 13-8 lead.
Polk County scored three runs in the first to grab an early lead, with Harris and Owens lacing back-to-back triples as part of that rally. ACA answered with five runs in the second and built a 7-3 lead before the Wolverines responded in the fifth.
With one out, Ridings singled, Clark Phipps walked and Wilson Edwards singled to allow Ridings to score. ACA got the inning’s second out before Owens drilled a double to drive home Phipps and Edwards. Owens eventually scored on an error to tie the game at 7-7.
Owens finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBI to lead Polk, with Ridings also 3-for-4 with two RBI. Wilson Edwards and Avery Edwards each added two hits.
Avery Edwards earned the win, pitching four innings in relief of Owens.
Polk County Middle is slated to face Macon Middle on Wednesday at Polk County Recreation Complex in what would be its final regular season home game.