Polk County pitcher Sarah Vitale prepares to fire a pitch to the plate during Tuesday's action

Chase bats fuel Trojan victory over Polk County

Chase leadoff hitter Zaley Packett rifled the first pitch she saw Tuesday to the outfield fence, and you could almost sense that the Trojan offense arrived locked in for its matchup with Polk County.

Chase is currently ranked in the top five among 2A West teams in the NCHSAA RPI ratings, and the Trojans justified that ranking with a 12-2 five-inning victory over the Wolverines in a Mountain Foothills 7 Conference matchup.

Chase (6-2, 1-2) pounded out 10 hits, including two home runs, and each of its first eight batters had at least one hit. It marked the fourth time in eight games that the Trojans, whose only losses are to an East Rutherford team ranked first in the 2A West RPI, scored 10 or more runs.

Yet Polk County (4-4, 3-2) battled throughout the day, its young squad continuing to show its growth. Polk loaded the bases in the first inning, through Chase escaped without allowing a run, then put two runs on the board in the third inning as Amberlyn Scruggs singled and Liz Vitale cracked a two-run inside-the-park home run.

Scruggs and Vitale each had two hits, with Laney Littlefield also adding a pair of hits for the Wolverines.

Polk County steps out of non-conference play on Wednesday, hosting North Henderson.