Alex Tipton fired a two-hitter and Polk County put together three big innings Tuesday to hand Bethel Middle a 9-0 setback at Polk County Recreation Complex.
The Wolverines (5-6) tallied four times in the second inning, twice in the fourth and three times in the sixth to land the Blue Ridge Conference win. Polk Middle closes its regular season on Wednesday, hosting Flat Rock at 4:30 p.m.
Tipton struck out three and walked two and needed just 74 pitches in the complete game. He allowed a single in the second inning and one in the fourth.
Polk Middle took command of the game in the second. Jayce Edwards led off with a walk, then stole second and remained there with two outs.
Gunnar Alm drew a walk before Evan Jones singled to drive in Edwards, with Alm moving to third. Tipton drew a walk to load the bases, and Angus Weaver’s bases-loaded walk made it 2-0 before Gabe Alvarado singled in Jones and Tipton for the 4-0 edge.
The Wolverines then added two runs in the fourth as Weaver reached on an error and stole second before scoring on Alvarado’s single to right. Banks Barber drew a walk before Edwards singled. Alvarado was thrown out at home on the play, but the throw to try catch Edwards at third sailed into the outfield, allowing Edwards to score and make it 6-0.
Polk closed the scoring with three runs in the sixth, loading the bases with one out as Alvarado was hit by a pitch and Mason Beiler and Edwards drew walks. Alvarado scored on Karson Scruggs’ grounder, and Beiler and Edwards then scored on Lawson Carter’s two-run single.
Alvarado finished 2-for-2 with three RBI, with Edwards going 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs and Jones going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Alm and Carter each had one hit for the Wolverines.