Polk County Middle’s Maddison Luss scored the winning run in Thursday’s game

Polk County Middle picked up its first win of the season Thursday, outlasting Hendersonville Middle 9-7 in a nine-inning thriller in Hendersonville.

The Wolverines (1-2) built a 6-1 lead after two innings, but Hendersonville (1-2) rallied, finally scoring one run in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings.

Each extra inning began with a runner placed on second base and one out. Polk’s Maddison Luss began the ninth on second and scored on Eva Steep’s two-out single. Steep then scored on a Hendersonville error.

Junie Mitchell and Steep each had three hits, with Steep driving in two runs and Mitchell driving in one. Luss, Sarah Vitale and Elizabeth Vitale each had two hits, with Kynley Lawter adding a hit and RBI and Ada Kelley adding a hit.

Lawter and Mitchell each had run-scoring hits in the first inning, when Polk scored three runs, while Steep and Elizabeth Vitale drive in runs as part of Polk Middle’s three-run second.

The Wolverines added a lone run in the fifth.

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