Polk County head softball coach Phillip Miller has already found a lot to like about his 2020 squad.
That includes tenacity.
The Wolverines fought back twice Thursday from deficits before Pisgah scored a pair of late runs to defeat the Wolverines 8-6 in non-conference play at Polk.
Pisgah (3-1) twice held two-run leads, only to see Polk County (0-2) respond in each instance with rallies. The Wolverines also got the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh before the Bears escaped with the win.
“For us to be down two runs twice, they kept their heads up,” Miller said. “We hit the ball well. This is the first time in four years that we’ve had a chance to beat them.”
The Wolverines surrendered two runs in the top of the first, but responded with four in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead and energize the crowd gathered for Polk’s first home game of the year.
Anna McFadden singled to open the inning, with Jaylin Jackson and Alana Jergenson delivering one-out singles. Jessie Emory was hit by a pitch before Emily Prince delivered the big blow of the inning, a triple to left-center that cleared the bases.
Pisgah regained the lead with three runs in the third to make it 5-4, then picked up another in the fourth to up the advantage to 6-4.
But back again came Polk in the fifth as Amberlyn Scruggs singled and Jergenson launched a high fly ball that cleared the left-field fence.
Pisgah, though, pushed across two runs in the top of the seventh, loading the bases on base hits by Maggie McCracken and McKenna Browning and a one-out walk to Charlee Hall. A wild pitch allowed McCracken to score, and Browning crossed the play on Lilly Ensley’s slow grounder to first.
“I’m proud of them,” Miller said. “We just need to keep hitting at key times. We had some lulls where we just couldn’t get a hit.”
Scruggs, Jackson, Jergenson and Prince each had two hits, with McFadden and Anna Hodge each adding a hit.
The Wolverines are scheduled to host Hendersonville on Friday.