Wolverines top East Wilkes, fall in eight to North Stokes

Polk County earned a split Saturday of its two games in the Blackhawk B.E.S.T. baseball tournament at West Wilkes.

The Wolverines opened the day with a 5-1 win over East Wilkes before dropping an 7-6 decision in eight innings to North Stokes.

Polk County (1-2) snapped a 1-1 tie in the opener with a four-run sixth inning. Jackson Beiler and Daniel Ruff each singled with one out, and Jordan Bishop drew a two-out walk to load the bases.

Grayson Jones followed with a single to drive in Ruff and Shane Parris, and Nick Capozzi followed with a double to left to score Bishop and Jones for a 5-1 Polk lead.

The Wolverines got their first run in the third as Bishop singled, then scored on a two-out double by Micah Hill.

Hill, the third of four Polk pitchers, earned the win, allowing one hit and striking out two in two innings. Jordan Searcy, Jonathan Edwards and Capozzi teamed with Hill to allow three hits, with seven strikeouts and seven walks.

Jones finished 3-for-4 with two RBI while Capozzi, Bishop and Bryson Edwards were each 2-for-4.

North Stokes (3-0) rallied in both the seventh and eighth innings in the second game to defeat Polk.

The Wolverines held a 5-2 lead entering the bottom of the seventh, but North Stokes pushed across three runs, two of those on a two-out double, to tie the game.

Grant Wooten opened the top of the eighth with a triple before Polk loaded the bases with one out on walks to Jones and Capozzi. A two-out passed ball allowed Wooten to score.

But North Stokes put together two runs in the bottom of the eight on a hit battr, error, walk, sacrifice fly and two-out single to take the win.

Bishop finished 3-for-5 with three stolen bases to lead Polk, with Capozzi adding two steals. Hill was 1-for-2 with two RBI.

Bryson Edwards, the fifth Polk pitcher, took the loss.

The Wolverines are slated to open Western Highlands Conference play on Tuesday, traveling to Madison.

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