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Polk Middle softball flashing potential despite early setbacks

Polk County Middle isn’t off to the start that head softball coach Rachel McEntire wanted, but McEntire sees brighter days ahead for the Wolverines.

Polk Middle dropped to 0-2 on Monday after a 17-0 loss to Brevard Middle in action at Polk County Recreation Complex. The Blue Devils used an aggressive approach to baserunning and patience at the plate to pull away for the win.

“Overall our defense was better, but we had issues throwing strikes,” McEntire said. “Walks killed us, but we have three seventh graders who are new to pitching. I have a lot of confidence in their potential.”

Polk Middle opened its season last week with a 16-4 loss to Madison Middle, one of the traditional powers in the Blue Ridge Middle School Conference. But that score didn’t reflect the closeness of the game, which Polk Middle led 4-3 entering the fifth.

“Madison was a strong team and I thought we played well,” McEntire said. “We threw three different pitchers (Anna McFadden, Anna Hodge and Tana Harris). I was proud of all the girls.”

Polk Middle is scheduled to take the field again Thursday, traveling to Rugby Middle for a 4:30 p.m. game.

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