The season record is not what Polk County Middle softball coach Jamie Graber would prefer.
The way her Wolverines have played of late, though, has certainly put a smile on Graber’s face.
Polk Middle followed an impressive win last week over Flat Rock with a pair of close losses Monday to Brevard Middle at Polk County Recreation Complex. The Blue Devils earned wins of 9-7 and 11-8 in Polk’s final home appearance of the season.
The setbacks dropped Polk Middle’s record to 2-7 ahead of Wednesday’s season finale at Rugby.
After a solid showing in a home loss to Hendersonville Middle, Polk Middle put together a dominant performance in a 15-4 victory at Flat Rock. Kynley Lawter pitched a complete game with 13 strikeouts and the Wolverines scored early and often in the victory.
“As a team, we played well,” Graber said.
That led to Monday’s effort. Polk Middle trailed 4-0 early in the opening game, but rallied with two runs in the third inning and four in the fourth to take a 6-4 lead. Sarah Vitale and Mia Bradley scored four of those six runs, with Miya Jackson and Laney Littlefield also crossing the plate.
But Brevard Middle (6-3) rallied with five runs in the top of the fifth to grab a 9-6 advantage. Jackson scored again in the bottom of the fifth, but that would be it for the Wolverines.
The second game featured offense as each team scored in all but one at-bat. Polk held an early 2-0 lead, but Brevard tied the game in the second inning, then surged to an 8-2 advantage with a six-run third inning.
Trailing 9-3, Polk Middle scored five runs in the fourth inning, with Littlefield, Aslyn Scruggs, Vitale, Bradley and Elizabeth Vitale all crossing the plate. But Brevard responded with two runs in the top of the fifth, then kept the Wolverines at bay in the bottom half of the inning to seal the win.