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Jessie Emory had a pair of hits Tuesday for Polk County in its 4-2 loss to Mountain Heritage

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Wolverines can’t get timely hit in loss to Cougars

Polk County outhit visiting Mountain Heritage, but couldn’t get a key hit when most needed, allowing the Cougars to engineer a 4-2 win

Tuesday proved all about the timing for Polk County’s softball team.

The Wolverines outhit visiting Mountain Heritage, but couldn’t get a key hit when most needed, allowing the Cougars to engineer a 4-2 win in Western Highlands Conference action.

Mountain Heritage (2-0, 2-0) did its damage on two home runs – a three-run blast by Kennedy Huskins in the top of the first and a solo shot from Landria Peterson to lead off the fifth.

That provided freshman pitcher Brooke Hensley all the support she needed as Polk (3-3, 2-1) suffered its first conference loss of the season.

“We just couldn’t put anything together,” said Polk County head coach Jamie Thompson. “They’ve improved. They’re a much better team than last season.”

Polk County pushed a run across in the third inning, loading the bases with no outs on singles by Kaylin Jenkins and Anna McFadden and a walk to Morgan Stott. A one-out single by Alana Jergenson drove in Jenkins, but Mountain Heritage escaped without allowing further damage.

The Wolverines just missed a big blow as Ansley Lynch hammered a drive over the left-field fence that sailed just a few feet foul.

Polk added a run in the sixth as Jessie Emory singled to open the inning and scored with two outs. That would be it for the Wolverines, though, as Polk stranded nine runners on base.

Jergenson finished 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead Polk, with Emory also going 2-for-3. Anna McFadden, Lynch, Allie Thompson and Jenkins each had hits for the Wolverines.

“The girls are working hard and playing hard. Everybody’s getting better,” Thompson said. “I saw people putting better swings on the ball today than they have all season.

“We’re going to keep plugging along and we’ll find ourselves relevant in the conference at the end of the season.”

Polk County is slated to host conference co-leader Madison on Friday.

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