Polk County's Elizabeth Vitale sends a fly ball soaring in a game earlier this season

Polk County couldn’t seem to string hits together during Friday’s softball game against Brevard.

The Blue Devils had no such problem.

Brevard blew a tight contest open with three runs in the fifth and eight in the sixth to take a 15-1 run-rule victory in six innings over the Wolverines.

“They hit in bunches, and we just weren’t able to stop it,” Polk County coach Phillip Miller said. 

Three straight Blue Devils reached base to start the sixth, as Claire Wilson and Macayle Stevens were hit by pitches around a single by Ava Rogers. Ciara Hall, Emma Bailey and Lilly Hoxit all drove in runs in the inning.

They got a ton more in the sixth. Brevard sent 13 batters to the plate and scored eight runs in the frame. Leah Cabe, Emma Anders, Stevens, Bailey, Emma Powell and Wilson all drove in runs in the inning. Seven of the runs were scored with two out, and the big blow came on Bailey’s homer, which clanged off the top of the left-field fence and rocketed over, seeming to energize the Blue Devils. The homer was one of three extra-base hits of the night for Brevard, which did most of their damage with singles

“They singled us to death,” Miller said. “And to be honest, we dropped one in the field that should have been the third out. They’re a really good team, and you can’t give them free chances.”

Brevard scratched across a run in the second when Rogers walked, stole second, and scored on Hall’s single to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead. That would hold until the third, when Brevard got two more to lead 3-0.  Cabe reached on an error and Rogers was hit by a pitch, and both scored when Stevens reached on an error with two out.

Cabe drove in Emma Bailey in the fourth for a 4-0 Blue Devils lead, but Polk County got its only run of the night in the bottom of the inning. Miya Jackson and Sarah Vitale hit back-to-back singles to open the frame, and Vitale scored on Junie Mitchell’s RBI groundout to make it 4-1 and set the stage for the Blue Devils’ offensive outburst.

Now, Polk County will focus on two all-important games next week.

“We’ve got a big one on Tuesday,” he said. “It’ll be senior night, and hopefully we’ll play well for our three seniors. If we want a home playoff game, we’ve got to win two next week. If not, we’re going to be deep on the road somewhere.”