Polk County Middle refused to give up until the final out Monday, rallying in the final innings before dropping a 16-11 decision to Apple Valley in Blue Ridge Conference softball action at Polk County Recreation Complex.
The Wolverines (2-6) trailed 14-5 entering the bottom of the fourth, but scored two runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to account for the final margin.
Mia Bradley, Amberlynn Scruggs and Elizabeth Vitale each had singles in the first inning as Polk Middle responded to Apple Valley’s five runs in the top of the first with four runs in the bottom.
Bradley had an RBI single in the second inning to cut Apple Valley’s lead to 8-5.
Eva Steep and Bradley singled to open the fourth, with both scoring later in the inning. Makala Fisher’s single to open the fifth inning continued the Polk rally, with Ada Kelley’s double driving in Fisher and Sarah Vitale to make it 14-9.
The Wolverines added two final runs in the sixth as Scruggs and pinch runner Annabelle ruff scored.
Bradley finished 3-for-4, with Fisher, Kelley and Elizabeth Vitale each going 2-for-4. Steep, Scruggs and Sarah Vitale each had one hit.
Polk County returns to action on Thursday, traveling to Hendersonville Middle.