Gritty Polk Middle triumphs at Canton to give Hrobak first coaching victory
Polk County earned its first win since the 2017 season and the first victory of head coach Jamie Hrobak’s career with a 10-8 triumph at Canton
In her playing career, first at Polk County, then at Brevard College, Polk County Middle softball coach Jamie Hrobak took part in plenty of victories.
It’s likely none of those wins, though, felt any better than the 10-8 victory the Wolverines recorded Wednesday at Canton Middle. Polk County earned its first win since the 2017 season and the first victory of Hrobak’s head coaching career with the triumph.
“I am really proud of the girls,” Hrobak said. “They were the definition of teamwork tonight.”
Not to mention gritty. There were three innings where Canton left runners stranded on third as the Wolverine defense came through with key plays.
Polk Middle (1-2) never trailed, racking up four runs in the top of the first. Eva Steep walked and Mia Bradley singled before Amberlyn Scruggs drilled a two-run double. Elizabeth Vitale drew a walk before Makala Fisher’s grounder drove in Scruggs. Sarah Vitale scored later in the inning to make it 4-0.
The Wolverines, up 4-2, then exploded for six runs in the third inning. Polk loaded the bases to open the inning, with Sarah Vitale’s groundout driving in one run. Kayleigh Wilson was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and walks to Ada Kelley and Brianna Gray each brought in runs to up the lead to 7-2.
With two outs, Mia Bradley singled in two runs and Scruggs singled to drive in another and give the Wolverines their 10-2 lead.
Canton Middle answered with four runs in the third to make it 10-6, then added another run in the fifth before scoring one in the bottom of the seventh and getting the tying run on board.
The Wolverines remained calm, though, with Scruggs firing three strikes to catcher Madison Luss for the second out in the seventh and Bradley fielding a grounder at short and throwing to first for the final out and the win.
Polk Middle, which has just three eighth graders on its roster, received a 2-for-3 effort at the plate from Scruggs, who drove in three runs and scored twice. Bradley finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and scored a run. Steep and Elizabeth Vitale each scored twice, with Fisher, Kelley and Gray also scoring once each.
The Wolverines will look to make it two wins in a row on Thursday, traveling to Flat Rock.