Wolverines get walkoff win as baseball returns to The Bottoms

Polk County made its first game at The Bottoms in almost two years a memorable one, pushing across a run in the bottom of the seventh Friday to defeat Brevard 14-13.

The Wolverines (1-1) had not played at home since a May 14, 2019 playoff loss to Roxboro Community Charter. Polk’s baseball program was the only Wolverine spring group not to play at home last spring before the coronavirus pandemic shut down high school athletics.

Coble Cameron’s two-out single in the seventh drove home Alex Tipton with the winning run, ending a wild back-and-forth affair in which Polk County trailed by five runs at one point, but battled back to eventually claim the win.

Polk led 5-2 after three innings, but Brevard (1-1) scored four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to take a 10-5 advantage.

The Wolverines then loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fifth on walks to Brad Marcello and Tipton and a Bryson Edwards bunt single. Cameron followed with a two-run single to left, and a walk to Micah Hill loaded the bases once again.

Jon Edwards drove in one run with a sacrifice fly before Jackson Beiler’s single to center plated Cameron and Hill to tie the game at 10-10.

Polk then rallied for three runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. Cameron was hit by a pitch before Hill drilled an RBI double. Edwards followed with a single to drive in Hill and a Brevard error on a Beiler grounder allowed Edeards to score to give Polk a 13-10 lead.

Brevard pushed across three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the score and set the stage for the bottom of the inning, in which Tipton and Edwards drew two-out walks before Cameron delivered his game-winning single.

Cameron and Edwards each finished 3-for-4, with Cameron driving in four runs and Edwards adding three RBI. Beiler homered as part of his 2-for-3, four-RBI effort.

Edwards, Hill and Mike Simoncic each added one hit.

Edwards pitched two and a third innings of relief and received the win.

Polk County is back in action on Tuesday, hosting East Henderson in a non-conference game.