Wolverines shut down Avery in 14-1 triumph
Polk County scored in every inning Tuesday to back the one-hit pitching of Clark Phipps en route to a 14-1 win over Avery in Newland
Polk County scored in every inning Tuesday to back the one-hit pitching of Clark Phipps en route to a 14-1 win over Avery in Newland.
The Wolverines improved to 3-2, 2-0 in Western Highlands Conference play with the win. Polk County is scheduled to be back in action on Friday in its home season opener against Mitchell.
Phipps only allowed a single in the fourth inning, striking out seven and walking five while giving up one unearned run in the five-inning win. He also finished 3-for-3 with two RBI at the plate, doubling and tripling.
Polk grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on Zeke Herrmann’s sacrifice fly, then picked up two more in the second as Kyler Scruggs scored on a balk and Phipps singled in Evan Rimer.
The Wolverines added three more runs in the third on an Elijah Sutton RBI double, a Grayson Jones grounder and an Avery error.
Polk then scored four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to head toward a five-inning win. Phipps tripled to open the fourth and scored on Nick Capozzi’s single, then scored on Avery Edwards’ sacrifice fly. Kaleb Kropp singled in another run and Sutton added his second double of the game to plate Kropp and make it 10-0.
Phipps’ double in the top of the fifth drove in Rimer, with Edwards adding an RBI single and the Wolverines scoring two more runs on groundouts by Coble Cameron and Austin Geagley.
Sutton finished 2-for-3 with two RBI, with Edwards 1-for-1 with two RBI. Rimer, Capozzi, Kropp and Scruggs each had a hit for the Wolverines.