Lady Wolverines take down Madison

Published 11:10 am Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Pitcher Jamie Hrobak throws a pitch toward Madison player #4. Coach Jeff Wilson said the tight came had a lot to do with the strong pitching from both Hrobak and Madison’s pitcher. (photo by Samantha Hurst)

Polk County’s Lady Wolverines pulled out a thrilling win at home over Madison Monday, May 7 giving them claim to the title of co-conference champs.

Teammates rush Amber Lynch as she runs back toward the dugout after hitting a drive over left field that brought in Shae Wheeler and won the game for the Wolverines. (photo by Samantha Hurst)

The Lady Wolverines had lost to Madison once earlier in the year but they were determined not to meet that same fate this time around.

PCHS Coach Jeff Wilson said the team came out to play with a different motto this year.

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“We played with the idea of ‘new role, new direction’ with our new role being conference champs,” Wilson said. “The great thing is we’ve been unified in our vision at that’s all because these goals have not been my goals, they’ve been our goals.”

At the end of the seventh inning Monday night, strength from the pitcher’s mound and solid defense on both sides kept the teams tied 0-0. It took determination and every single player to pull out the win, Wilson said.

“We need everybody, because you never know who’s going to do it; who’s going to make that winning play,” Wilson said.

In the end it was the speed of No. 10 Shae Wheeler and the smart hitting of No. 7 Amber Lynch that pushed the Wolverines to victory.

Just after Wheeler (1-2) took a chance and stole second, Lynch (1-3) stepped up to the plate and knocked one just over the left-fielder’s head to give Wheeler a smooth ride into home plate.

The Wolverines grabbed five hits on the night off the strong arm of Madison’s pitcher, with those hits coming from Lynch, Wheeler and one each from Brittany Jones, Katie Ruff and Alyssa Montgomery.

“We went for the win. We tried to run and we tried to hit instead of sitting back and waiting for it to come to us,” Wilson said.

The Wolverines play Mountain Heritage tonight to determine whether they would be the No. 1 or No. 2 seed moving forward into the playoffs.

Mountain Heritage was the only other team to beat Madison this year. State playoffs begin May 11. Keep an eye on our site for updates on tonight’s game against Mountain Heritage.