Polk baseball team hosts two WHC rivals next week

Published 3:54 pm Wednesday, April 27, 2016

When Polk County’s varsity baseball team plays, count on lots of runners crossing the plate. The only catch is, they might not be wearing the right uniform.

Polk has both won and lost big this season. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, the last three games have ended with the latter outcome.

This past Monday, April 25, Polk did score seven runs, but their non-conference visitor, Rosman, scored 18.

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While Polk managed single runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings, and plated four in the fifth, Rosman opened with seven in the first, and added five in the third, a lone run in the fourth, and five in the seventh.

On April 22, Hendersonville, even while not enjoying a typical stellar season, still outscored the visiting Wolverines, 11-3. The Bearcats set the tone with six runs in the first, adding four in the fourth, and one in the fifth. Polk scored single runs in the first, second and sixth.

Polk fell to 5-14 overall, and 2-7 in the Western Highlands Conference.

Polk pitching held the Bearcats to just one extra-base hit — a double — but issued two walks, and hit two batters. Hendersonville collected four stolen bases.

On April 20 at Burnsville, Polk scored four in the third, and three in the sixth, with single runs in the first, second and seventh, but Mountain Heritage led, 6-1, after an inning, setting the tone for that game. In baseball, it’s usually easier to win when one has a big lead, than when one is well behind. After three innings, the Cougars held a 12-6 lead.

Cougar batters popped three doubles and four home runs, with Tyler Holcomb bashing three of the round-trippers.

Leaky gloves (eight errors) could have cost Mountain Heritage, but the Cougars turned six double plays.

Mountain Heritage is now 8-2 in the WHC.

The world is new and shiny for the Wolverines, who visit Owen Friday evening. The Warhorses, 5-5 in the WHC, are certainly beatable. It’s varsity only, with game time set for 6 p.m.

On Tuesday, May 3, Polk hosts Hendersonville, again varsity only, starting at 6 p.m. It’s Senior Night for Polk. On May 5, Mitchell visits Columbus, varsity only, with the game set to begin at 5 p.m.