A week off for spring break appears to be coming at a most opportune time for Polk County’s baseball squad.
The Wolverines suffered Wednesday night a fifth straight loss, dropping a 12-1 decision to the Asheville Trailblazers. Polk County fell to 5-10 with the setback ahead of Friday’s conference game at Mountain Heritage, which will be followed by an 11-day break between games.
“It could have come last week,” said Polk County head coach Ty Stott of the break.
The Trailblazers scored four runs in the first inning Wednesday off losing pitcher Konner Scruggs and built an 8-0 lead before the Wolverines pushed across a run in the fifth as Wes Brady doubled, then scored on Mark Mazzilli’s single.
“I keep saying this, but one (player) steps forward and one steps back, or two step forward and two step back,” Stott said. “Whatever can bite us right now is biting us and biting us good. One play opened the floodgates for them and four runs scored because of it.”
Brady and Mazzilli each had two hits for Polk County, who will look to pull ahead of Mountain Heritage in the Western Highlands Conference standings on Friday. The two teams are tied for fourth in the WHC race at 3-4.
“We’re not used to this. We’re not used to being 3-4,” Stott said. “The last time we lost four conference games we won it (in 2007). They’re frustrated and I’m frustrated.
“All I’m telling the kids is to keep plugging away. Hang in there, don’t jump ship and keep plugging away.”