Polk varsity baseball tags Thomas Jefferson, 10-2

Published 10:28 pm Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Morgan Groves lofted a fly ball that appeared headed for deep left, but the wind pushed it in, where it dropped in front of the surprised left fielder, who initially started back on the ball and then charged in too late. That scored Brady, to make it 2-0, Polk, with runners on first and third. JC Suddeth blooped a double down the right field line, chasing home Turner and Groves. Mark Mazilli flied to center for the third out, but the Wolverines led, 4-0.

Thomas Jefferson tried to answer in the top of the second, when the leadoff hitter reached first on a ball bobbled near second base. The next batter lined a single to right, putting runners at first and second with no outs.  But Suddeth snared a liner at third, and whipped the ball to second, to double off the runner who had strayed too far off the bag. Painter walked the next batter, but stranded both runners with a strikeout.

Polk quickly put the game away in the home second. No. 5 Konnor Scruggs lined a leadoff single to left center. Brown was hit by a pitch, making it first and second with none out. Philpott bounced out to second, the play moving runners to second and third. Martin lined a two-run single into right, scoring Scruggs and Brown. Brady then hit a fly to deep left, where only the wind kept it from clearing the fence. Jefferson’s left fielder caught it for the second out. With Turner at the plate, Martin swiped second, and scored easily on Turner’s triple to right center.

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That brought Morgan Groves to the plate. Facing Jefferson’s submarine-balling reliever, Groves lifted a catchable fly to right, but it popped off the right fielder’s glove, allowing Turner to score the eighth run. Suddeth then fisted a ball weakly down the first base line, but reached first when the ball was bobbled. With runners on first and second, Mark Mazilli ended the frame with a bounce out to third.