Polk County Middle School head softball coach Jamie Hrobak Graber

Late Apple Valley flurry helps spoil Polk Middle’s opener

Polk Middle scored runs in bunches Monday, but Apple Valley scored a few more in taking a 12-6 win over the Wolverines at Polk County Recreation Complex.

In the Wolverines’ season opener, Apple Valley took a 5-0 lead in the top of the first. The Wolverines answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning as Chloe Young walked, moved to second and third on wild pitches and scored on an Apple Valley error that allowed Elizabeth Vitale to reach base. Eva Steep singled and Vitale then scored on another Apple Valley error.

Trailing 6-2, Polk then pushed across two runs in the third as Ada Kelley opened the inning with a single and Steep reached on a fielder’s choice. Kynley Lawter’s sacrifice helped move the runners over and both later scored in the inning.

The Knights tallied twice in the fourth and four times in the fifth to push the lead to 12-4, but back came Polk. The Wolverines then scored twice in the fifth inning as Maddison Luss walked, stole second and later scored on a wild pitch, with Young following that same path to also score.

Kelley and Stepp each had two hits to lead Polk Middle, which also got hits from Young, Mia Bradley and Vitale.

Polk Middle returns to action Tuesday, hosting Macon Middle at 4:30 p.m.