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Gabe Alvarado had a hit and two RBI in helping lift Polk County Middle to a 10-inning win at Canton Middle

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What a comeback: Polk fights back to top Canton Middle in 10 innings

Five runs down, two outs away from game’s end. The situation didn’t seem made for a Polk County Middle rally on Wednesday afternoon at Canton.

Five runs down, two outs away from game’s end. The situation didn’t seem made for a Polk County Middle rally on Wednesday afternoon at Canton.

But rally the Wolverines did, scoring five runs in the top of the sixth and finally earning a 10-8, 10-inning victory over Canton Middle in Blue Ridge Conference baseball action.

The Wolverines (2-1) seemed heading for a setback in the sixth, with Alex Tipton drawing a one-out walk. Evan Jones reached on a fielder’s choice, with Tipton then scoring as Angus Weaver reached on an infield error.

A balk allowed Jones to score and moved Weaver to third, from which he scored on Gabe Alvarado’s base hit to cut Canton’s lead to 5-3. Lawson Carter and Jayce Edwards each drew walks to load the bases,w with Mason Beiler also earning a walk to score Alvarado.

Banks Barber then earned another walk, bringing in Carter with the tying run.

Polk Middle scored two runs in the top of the seventh on a Weaver RBI triple and am Alvarado grounder, but Canton Middle answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to keep the game going.

Polk Middle then exploded for three runs in the 10th. Gunnar Alm started the inning on second, per rule, and moved to third on Tipton’s single. Jones followed with a double that drove in both runners to make it 9-7, and later scored on a passed ball to make it 10-7.

Canton scored once in the bottom of the 10th and had two runners on, but Weaver, who pitched the final five innings, got the final two outs to end the game.

“A game to remember for a long time,” said Polk Middle head coach Kenny Hall. “To be down 5-0 with two outs in your last at-bat, then come all the way back and four innings later get the win gives us a lot of confidence to build on.

“It took every player on our team doing their job to get it done today. Evan and Angus deserve a lot of credit for coming through for us when we needed them the most. That’s what great leaders do.”

Jones finished 2-for-4 with two RBI, with Weaver and Alvarado each going 1-for-4 with two RBI. Tipton and Jayce Edwards each had hits for Polk.

Weaver earned the win, striking out five and giving up five hits in his five innings of work.

“Angus Weaver gave us the best pitching performance of his career to shut down their big bats for as long as he did,” Hall said.

Polk Middle is scheduled to be back in action on Thursday, traveling to face Flat Rock at Blue Ridge Community College.

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