Polk County senior Chloe Young drove in runs in both games of Thursday's doubleheader

Following Wednesday night’s tough loss to league-leading R-S Central, Polk County softball coach Phillip Miller was hoping the team would bounce back in a two-game five-inning doubleheader against East Henderson.

They did, in a big way.

Polk County hit up and down the lineup in game one, taking an 11-4 victory, before polishing off the nightcap 4-1 for a two-game sweep.

“It was a good win, especially after yesterday and losing like we did,” Miller said.

The Wolverines (8-7) set the tone early in game one. Sarah Vitale stroked a two-out double and scored on Elizabeth Vitale’s RBI single.

Polk County really blew it open in the second inning. The Wolverines sent 15 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs in the frame to take a commanding 11-0 lead.

The first seven batters of the inning reached, starting with Junie Mitchell’s single. Mitchell and Kinley Waters both scored twice in the inning, while Chloe Young, Sarah Vitale, Mitchell, and Aslyn Scruggs all drove in runs. Laney Littlefield and Miya Jackson drove in two runs each.

“We’ve been on both ends of it,” Miller said. “Sometimes when you don’t hit, nobody hits. But tonight hitting was contagious.”

East Henderson scored four in the fourth, but Polk County was able to get one back on an error, stolen base and wild pitch.

“Honestly, for us to come back that’s just great for us,” Miller said between games. “Hopefully the same thing will happen right here and we’ll get us another win and we’ll go into the weekend happy about it.”

The Wolverines did just that in game two – Young, Elizabeth Vitale and Mitchell all had RBI singles in a three-run first inning that set the stage for a Polk sweep. 

Young and Mitchell each had two hits in the nightcap, with Elizabeth Vitale and Sarah Vitale each adding a base hit.