Quick start carries Polk County to debut victory at Asheville School

Polk County opened a 9-2 lead after three innings Tuesday en route to an 11-3 win over Asheville School in the Wolverines’ season opener in Asheville.

Polk County scored four times in the first, three in the second and two more in the third to take command of the game. The Wolverines closed their scoring with two runs in the seventh.

The scoring outburst backed the combined three-hitter tossed by Casey Beiler and Cohen Edwards. Beiler allowed one hit in three innings, striking out four and walking two. Edwards pitched four innings in relief, allowing two hits and striking out six.

Polk put together its four-run opening rally with three walks, two hit batters, an error and Beiler’s two-run single. The Wolverines then grew the lead in the second as Evan Jones and Angus Weaver singled, Micah Hill followed with an RBI double, with Weaver later scoring on a wild pitch. With the bases loaded, Chan Barber was hit by a pitch to allow Hill to score for a 7-0 lead.

Weaver’s two-run homer in the third made it 9-2, and Polk added two more runs in the seventh as Coble Cameron doubled, Weaver walked and Hill delivered an RBI double. Weaver then scored on an Asheville error to complete Polk’s scoring.

Weaver finished 3-for-4 with two RBI, with Hill going 2-for-3 with two RBI and Beiler 2-for-4 with two RBI. Barber was 1-for-2 with an RBI while Jackson Beiler and Kendall McEntyre each had an RBI.

Weaver and Jones each had two of Polk’s six stolen bases.

Polk County will be back in action on Saturday, traveling to West Wilkes High School for a doubleheader with East Surry and East Wilkes.