Polk County struck first Tuesday. Madison struck more often.
The Patriots spoiled Phillip Miller’s head coaching debut, handing Polk County a 13-3 defeat in a Western Highlands Conference softball matchup in Marshall.
The Wolverines (0-1, 0-1) grabbed a 1-0 lead after two innings. But the Patriots (2-0, 1-0) responded with four runs in the bottom of the third and five in the bottom of the fourth to take command of the game.
Polk picked up its run in the second as Jessie Emory was hit by a pitch to open the inning, followed by an Emily Prince single. With one out and runners on second and third after a wild pitch, Emory beat a throw to the plate on Amy Chupp’s grounder to second to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead.
The Wolverines trailed 10-1 entering the sixth, but plated two runs in the inning. Alana Jergenson singled and Emory doubled to open the inning before Prince drilled a double to center to score both runners.
Madison, though, pushed across three runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game by run rule.
Prince finished 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead Polk County. Emory was 1-for-1 with two runs while Anna McFadden and Jergenson had the Wolverines’ other hits.
Madison claimed a 20-0 win in the junior varsity game.
Polk County is set to make its home debut on Thursday, hosting Pisgah, with varsity action beginning at 4 p.m.