Polk softball downs visiting Thomas Jefferson 18-1

Published 5:46 pm Thursday, March 31, 2011

In the first game of a home and away conference series this week, the Lady Wolverines upended visiting Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy by a score of 18-1 in five innings.
The outcome of the game, played Tuesday, March 29 on a soggy field in Columbus, was never in question, as the overmatched Lady Gryphons were dominated from the start by a undeniably more experienced and polished Polk softball program.

Casey McDowell swipes second Tuesday during Polk’s 18-1 thrashing of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy. (photo by Daniel Hecht)

Prep Player of the Week Jamie Hrobak pitched three innings of no-hit ball, striking out eight and walking none while earning the win for Polk County, now 9-1 overall and 4-0 in conference play. The victory, Hrobak’s 38th of her career, ties her for the school record for career wins set by local softball legend Tiffany McCord.
Sophomore Katie Ruff took the mound in the fourth inning and pitched impressively in the final two frames, allowing no hits while striking out four batters.
The Lady Gryphon’s only run came in the top of the second inning, as leadoff hitter Danni Bouchard, struck out by Hrobak, took first on a dropped third strike and then proceeded to circle the bases and score on a series of fielding errors committed by Polk’s generally solid defense. The four-error play tied another, far less desirable, Polk County High School record.
Polk head coach Jeff Wilson, commenting on the play, waxed philosophical.
“The girls showed great hustle on that play,” said Wilson. “I’m not one that goes crazy over physical mistakes.”
Wilson noted that his players were all in the correct positions, backing each other up.
Offensively, Polk hammered TJ pitcher Hailey Crowder for 17 hits on the afternoon, as Alicia Lockhart led all hitters with a 3 for 3 outing. Kara Garvin went 2 for 2, reaching base safely in all four trips to the plate and scoring four runs. Leadoff hitter Shayln Brown went 2 for 4, and Hrobak added two hits as well.
Other Lady Wolverines contributing hits on the afternoon included Shea Wheeler, Amber Lynch, Cassie Couch, Yancy Pace, Brittany Jones and Casey McDowell.

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