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Polk County's Alana Jergenson launches a two-run double that hit near the top of the fence during the fifth inning of Thursday's game

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Wolverine bats hammer Mountaineers in 11-1 WHC win

Polk County pounded out 16 hits Thursday to hand Mitchell an 11-1 loss in a five-inning Western Highlands Conference softball battle at Polk

Polk County pounded out 16 hits Thursday to hand Mitchell an 11-1 loss in a five-inning Western Highlands Conference softball battle at Polk.

The Wolverines (3-2, 2-0) scored in four of the game’s five innings to complete a sweep of WHC 1A rivals this week after defeating Avery on Tuesday.

Anna McFadden held Mitchell (0-3, 0-3) to three hits, striking out 10. The Mountaineers did take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on Kaitlyn Sparks’ RBI single.

But the Wolverines responded with two runs in the bottom of the first on singles by Morgan Stott and Ansley Lynch, an RBI grounder by Alana Jergenson and Jaylin Jackson’s run-scoring single.

Polk had a runner thrown out at home to end the second inning, but responded with four runs in the third to take command of the game.

Lynch, Jergenson and Jackson had consecutive singles to open the inning, with Jackson driving in both runners. Jessie Emory reached base on a dropped third strike and stole second before Amy Chupp’s grounder scored Jackson. Allie Thompson followed with an infield grounder that allowed Emory to score and make it 6-1.

Polk added two runs in the fourth on doubles by Stott and Lynch and an RBI single by Emory. The Wolverines then sealed the win in the fifth as Jergenson hammered a two-run double off the fence in left-center and Chupp singled to right to drive in the game’s final run.

Stott finished 3-for-3 and scored three runs for Polk, with Lynch going 3-for-4 and also scoring three runs. Jackson finished 3-for-4 with three RBI, while Jergenson was 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Chupp was 2-for-4 with two RBI, with Thompson, McFadden and Emory each adding a hit.

Polk County continues its homestand on Tuesday, hosting Mountain Heritage in another WHC meeting.

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