Polk County made its Mountain Foothills 7 Conference debut a successful one Tuesday, topping Patton 6-3 in a baseball battle in Morganton.
The Wolverines (4-1, 1-0) opened a 5-0 lead, then held off a late Panthers rally to secure the win in its league opener.
Polk grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Evan Jones’ RBI double, then exploded for four runs in the top of the fifth.
Angus Weaver reached first in a dropped third strike to open the inning, with Micah Hill drawing a walk. Jackson Beiler’s single to left drove home Weaver, and a Patton error on Casey Beiler’s grounder allowed Hill and Jackson Beiler to score.
A passed ball later in the inning allowed Casey Beiler to score.
Patton (3-3, 0-1) cut the Polk lead to 5-3 at the end of six innings, but the Wolverines added an insurance run in the seventh as Jackson Beiler doubled and scored on Chan Barber’s single.
Jones and Jackson Beiler each finished 3-for-4 with an RBI, with Barber going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Lawson Carter also had a base hit.
Coble Cameron earned the win, pitching six innings and allowing seven hits and three runs while striking out eight. Casey Beiler pitched a perfect seventh inning for the save.
Polk County makes its home debut on Thursday, hosting Landrum.