Polk Middle's Minda McComas had a key run-scoring hit and patrolled right field in Monday's tie (photo courtesy Leanne Panter)

Polk County Middle slugged its way to a 14-14 tie Monday with Smoky Mountain Middle in the season opener for both teams in Sylva.

The game ended after six innings due to the two-hour time limit mandated for Blue Ridge Conference games.

The Wolverines pounded out 14 hits and scored in four of the six innings. That included a five-run outburst in the first inning highlighted by Izzy Young’s two-run single.

Polk extended its lead to 6-1 in the top of the third as Mary Marrow doubled and scored on Camdyn Israel-Garrett’s triple. The Mustangs rallied to tie the score in the bottom of the third with a five-run rally, but Polk responded with six runs in the top of the fourth to retake the lead.

Kenzie Alm and Emma Hayford singled to open the fourth, with Alm scoring on a Young double. Lucy Tessnair’s infield single allowed Hayford to score, and Young also eventually scored on the play. Addison Queen walked before Marrow singled to plate Tessnair and make it 10-6. A wild pitch advanced both runners a base before Garrett laced a two-run single to make it 12-6.

Smoky Mountain fashioned a six-run rally of its own in the bottom of the fifth, roaring back to even the score. That didn’t deter the Wolverines, who scored two more runs in the top of the sixth. With two outs, Alm singled to center, then took advantage of two Smoky Mountain overthrows to race around the bases and score. Hayford singled and Minda McComas drilled a line drive to right field to drive in Hayford and make it 14-12.

Two walks and an error allowed the Mustangs to load the bases with no outs in the bottom of the sixth. Polk forced one out at home on a fielder’s choice, but a walk and base hit evened the score with one out. The Wolverines tagged one runner out at home trying to steal, then got a fly ball to end the game.

Alm finished 4-for-4 with three runs, with Hayford going 3-for-4. Israel-Garrett was 2-for-4 with four RBI, with Queen 2-for-4 with two RBI and Marrow 2-for-3 with one RBI. Tessnair finished 1-for-2 with three RBI while Young was 1-for-2 with two RBI and McComas added a 1-for-4 effort with an RBI.

Polk Middle is scheduled to make its home debut on Wednesday, weather permitting, hosting Canton Middle at 4:30 p.m. at Polk County Recreation Complex.