Cougars take second in WHC with sweep of Wolverines

Polk County ended its regular season Wednesday with a pair of tough road losses at Mountain Heritage in a Western Highlands Conference doubleheader in Burnsville.

The Cougars (13-4, 11-3) notched 3-1 five-inning wins in both games to clinch second place in the WHC, with Polk County (10-9, 9-6) finishing third. Polk will learn its 1A playoff destination and opponent on Monday.

The Wolverines trailed 1-0 entering the top of the fourth in the opening game, but evened the score as Anna McFadden singled to open the inning, taking second on an error, then scoring on Morgan Stott’s base hit.

But Mountain Heritage responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to secure the win. Brooke Hensley homered to open the inning, and Chrislyn Shuford added an RBI single later in the inning for an insurance run.

McFadden, Stott, Jessie Emory, Jaylin Jackson and Allie Thompson each had hits for Polk County. Jackson took the loss, allowing just five hits.

Mountain Heritage managed just three hits in the second game, but made the most of them for the sweep.

The Cougars scored a run in the first on a single, two walks and a passed ball, then tallied two runs in the third on two hits and a Polk error.

The Wolverines grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Stott walked, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on Alana Jergenson’s single. That would be the only hit that Polk County would get the rest of the game as Hensley, a freshman, kept the Wolverines in check.

McFadden took the loss in the nightcap, striking out four and allowing just the three hits.