Hrobak wins record 39th as Polk softball upends TJCA 18-1

Published 8:24 am Friday, April 8, 2011

As baseball hall of famer Yogi Berra once said, it’s like déjà vu all over again.
While sharp-eyed followers of Polk County sports may feel the need to check the date on today’s copy of the Bulletin again, the score reported in this article is no misprint.
Monday afternoon, the ladies of Polk County softball completed the second game of their conference schedule versus Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, this time traveling to Crowe Park in Forest City to take on the Lady Gryphons. While the venue was different, the final outcome was identical to last Tuesday’s contest in Columbus, as the Lady Wolverines again vanquished their less experienced opponents by a score of 18-1, this time in just four innings.
Polk pitcher Jamie Hrobak worked the first two frames, striking out four and giving up just two hits while earning her 10th victory of the season. With the win, Hrobak

Jamie Hrobak breaks PCHS record with her 39th career win Monday vs TJCA (photo by Daniel Hecht)

reached a major milestone, as she earned her 39th career victory, breaking the Polk County career wins record previously held by local softball legend Tiffany McCord. With half of her junior season still in front of her, and continuing to improve every game, Hrobak figures to set a lofty mark for future hurlers to aspire to before she is finished with her time in the circle at Polk.
Yancey Pace took over in the third for Hrobak, allowing no hits and just one run in 1-1/3 innings of work. Sophomore Katie Ruff took over to record the final two outs, turning a nifty double play as she snagged a line drive and wheeled to throw to second base for the game-ending double play.
Offensively, the Lady Wolverines turned in a typically strong performance, tallying 13 hits on the day. Cassie Couch went 2 for 2 at the plate, stroking a base loaded single in the first for two RBIs and blasting a base loaded triple in the second for three more RBIs. Pace went 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs, while Casey McDowell turned in a 2 for 3 outing. Cavin Richards and Brittany Jones each contributed hits to the Polk effort.
With the win, the Lady Wolverines improve to 10-2 on the season overall, and 5-1 in conference play.

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