Polk County’s offense roared to life Tuesday, the Wolverines getting a pair of home runs and nine hits en route to a 13-1 victory over Avery in Newland.
The Wolverines (4-5, 3-2) snapped a 1-1 tie with an eight-run fourth inning, then added four more runs in the fifth to secure the win in five innings.
Avery dropped to 1-6, 1-4.
A grand slam by Alex Tipton and a solo blast by Angus Weaver backed the pitching of Micah Hill, who allowed just one hit, struck out eight and allowed an unearned run in picking up the win.
The game tilted in Polk County’s favor in the top of the fourth. With the bases loaded and no outs, Kaleb Johnson’s infield single drove in the first run of the inning. Tipton followed with his bases-clearing blast, driving a 2-2 pitch over the left-field fence to give the Wolverines a 6-1 edge.
Bryson Edwards followed with a double and reached third with two outs. Weaver brought him home with a single to center that upped the Polk lead to 7-1.
Weaver then stole second and third before Jackson Beiler drew a walk. Beiler stole second, and a passed ball allowed Weaver to score and moved Beiler to third. Following a Chan Barber walk, Evan Jones singled to plate Beiler and give the Wolverines a 9-1 advantage.
Polk then padded the lead in the fifth. Edwards drew a one-out walk, Coble Cameron was bit by a pitch and Hill walked to load the bases. Weaver’s single to left drove home Edwards, and an error on a Beiler grounder scored Cameron.
With two outs, Brad Marcello singled to left to drive in Hill and Weaver and complete the Polk scoring.
Weaver, who homered to open the second inning and give Polk an early 1-0 lead, finished 3-for-4 with three RBI for Polk. Marcello was 1-for-1 with two RBI, with Tipton, Edwards, Jones, Johnson and Cameron each adding a hit.
The two teams meet again Friday at The Bottoms, with junior varsity play beginning at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity to follow around 6:30 p.m. Both games will be streamed on the NFHS Network.