What Polk County’s home opener lacked in style Thursday, it made up for in result.
The Wolverines overcame a shaky day defensively to top Mitchell, 8-5, in a matchup of Western Highlands Conference co-leaders at The Bottoms.
Polk County (4-2, 3-0) moved into first place in the WHC with the win, its 21st straight in conference play, despite committing seven errors. Polk pitchers also had six walks and two hit batsmen.
The Wolverines grabbed a 4-0 lead in the first inning, with Evan Rimer doubling to lead off the frame. Nick Capozzi laced a one-out single to drive in Rimer, and walks to Sedrick Pickett and Kaleb Kropp loaded the bases.
Grayson Jones then drilled a single to center to score two runs, and Elijah Sutton followed with a double to left to score Jones for the four-run lead.
Mitchell pushed across a run in the third, and the Wolverines answered in the bottom half of the inning as Kropp singled and scored on a one-out double by Jordan Bishop to make it a 5-1 game.
The Wolverines scored two more times in the fourth as Clark Phipps was hit by a pitch and scored on Capozzi’s triple to deep left field. Pickett’s sacrifce fly then drive in Capozzi.
Up 7-3, Polk pushed across a run in the bottom of the sixth on a Sutton sacrifice fly. Mitchell, though, scored two runs in the top of the seventh and had the tying run at the plate when Kyler Scruggs came on in relief and retired the first two batters he faced to end the threat.
Jones finished 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead Polk County, with Capozzi going 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs. Sutton was 1-for-2 with two RBI while Rimer, Kropp and Bishop each had hits.
Avery Edwards earned the win, pitching six and a third innings, striking out nine and giving up just two hits. All four runs Edwards allowed were unearned.
Mountain Heritage visits The Bottoms on Tuesday for the Wolverines’ next outing.