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Polk County's Jaylin Jackson tossed a one-hit shutout in Thursday's win at Mitchell

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Wolverines thump Avery, Mitchell to notch road wins

Polk County’s softball team picked up a pair of Western Highlands Conference road wins, downing Avery on Wednesday and Mitchell on Thursday

Polk County’s softball team picked up a pair of Western Highlands Conference road wins, downing Avery on Wednesday and Mitchell on Thursday.

The Wolverines hammered Avery 18-6 before knocking off Mitchell 11-0. The wins give Polk County an 8-5 overall record, including a 7-2 conference record, entering spring break.

Polk County trailed 5-1 at Avery after two innings, but rallied with five runs in the third inning, then took the lead for good with a run the fourth. Polk then scored 11 runs in the final two innings to close the game in six innings.

Jaylin Jackson finished 2-for-4 with four RBI to lead Polk, with Anna McFadden going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Jessie Emory finished 3-for-3 with two RBI, with Alana Jergenson and Amy Chupp each going 2-for-3 and Emily Prince going 2-for-4.

Anna Hodge earned the win in relief, pitching three and two-thirds innings.

The Wolverines scored seven runs in the first inning of Thursday’s game and coasted to a five-inning win.

Chupp finished 2-for-3 with three RBI, with Jergenson going 1-for-2 with two RBI and Ansley Lynch going 1-for-3 with two RBI.

Jackson earned the win, striking out seven and allowing just one hit in five innings.

Polk County returns to action on April 24, hosting Brevard.

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