Another night, another thrilling win for Polk County over Mitchell.
The Wolverines pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh Friday to hand the Mountaineer a 7-6 defeat in a Western Highlands Conference showdown at The Bottoms.
With the win. Polk County (12-4, 10-1) clinched the WHC’s top 1A seed and automatic playoff berth. The Wolverines remain tied with Madison atop the conference standings.
Evan Rimer opened the bottom of the seventh by being hit by a pitch. A passed ball moved Rimer to second before Clark Phipps dropped a bunt down the third-base line. An error, though, allowed Rimer to race around and score the winning run.
Polk County also defeated Mitchell on Thursday by a run, scoring the winning run there in the top of the ninth.
The Wolverines gave up a run in the top of the first, but matched that in the bottom as Rimer singled and scored later in the inning on a wild pitch.
Mitchell pushed the lead to 4-1 before Polk scored two runs in the fourth as Sedrick Pickett doubled, Elijah Sutton was hit by a pitch and Grayson Jones reached on a bunt single to load the bases. A wild pitch allowed Pickett to score, and Sutton scored on Jordan Bishop’s grounder to make it 4-3.
Mitchell answerd with two runs in the fifth, but back came the Wolverines, tying the game in the bottom half of the inning. Rimer walked and scored on Phipps’ double, with Nick Capozzi following with a single. Pickett’s groundout to second allowed Phipps to score and Capozzi to take second.
A passed ball moved Capozzi to third, and another allowed Capozzi to score with the tying run.
Rimer finished 1-for-3 with two stolen bases and three runs. Phipps, Pickett, Bishop and Jones has the remainder of Polk’s hits.
Kyler Scruggs earned the win, pitching five innings in relief and allowing five hits and one earned run with five strikeouts.