Kyler Scruggs enjoyed a big night on the mound and at the plate Friday as Polk County pulled away in the final two innings to top Avery 12-3 in Newland.
The Wolverines improved to 10-4 overall, 8-1 in Western Highlands Conference play. Avery dropped to 1-12, 0-9.
But it was far from an easy win for the Wolverines, who led just 3-1 after five innings before exploding for five runs in the top of the sixth.
Grayson Jones began the rally with a triple, then scored on Kaleb Kropp’s single. With two outs and Jordan Bishop on second, Evan Rimer was hit by a pitch. A wild pitch moved both runners up before Clark Phipps singled to drive in both runs.
Nick Capozzi was then hit by a pitch before Sedrick Pickett’s double drove in both runs to give the Wolverines an 8-1 lead.
With the score 8-3, Polk added four more runs in the seventh, three of those coming on a Scruggs home run after Zeke Herrmann and Coble Cameron had singled. Polk added another run on a Capozzi single with two outs.
Scruggs, meanwhile, largely kept Avery’s offense silent, scattering four hits and striking out seven with no walks in the complete-game win.
After spotting Avery an early run, Polk County took a 2-1 lead in the second as Elijah Sutton reached on an error, moved to second on a Jones sacrifice and scored on Kropp’s double. Bishop singled later in the inning to drive in Kropp and give the Wolverines the lead.
Polk added a run in the fifth as Bishop walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on an error.
Kropp finished 2-for-3 and Capozzi was 2-for-4 to lead the Wolverine offense, with Phipps and Pickett both 1-for-3 with two RBI. Jones, Herrmann, Cameron, Scruggs and Bishop each had hits.
Polk County is scheduled to play at Hendersonville on Monday before hosting Mitchell on Tuesday in an important WHC matchup.