BENTON — The Polk County softball team notched two more victories at the end of the week, while the baseball Wildcats fell in extra innings.
Improving to 16-3 on the season, the Lady Wildcats posted a three-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning to secure a 5-3 victory over Red Bank Friday.
After a 14-0, five-inning shellacking of Sweetwater Wednesday in Benton, the Lady Wildcats only needed just three innings Thursday for a 20-0 District 5-AA whooping in Monroe County.
“It was quite a first inning,” declared Polk County head coach Bill Triplett after seeing a dozen of his players circle the bases in 10-hit first at bat in Sweetwater. “We didn’t get any cheap hits. We hit the ball squarely.”
“We also got some good pitching and played some really great defense,” he added.
Weather permitting, Polk County will play host to Class AAA Bradley Central Monday at 5:30.
The Polk baseball squad ran into some tough Eagles Thursday when Hiwassee Dam paid a visit to Benton.
With the score tied after seven innings, an extra frame was needed to decide the outcome as the North Carolina boys took advantage of a pair of walks and two hits in the additional at-bat to claim a 7-4 decision.
The Wildcats will make a Tuesday trip to Athens to face Class AAA McMinn County, with whom they also went an extra inning against earlier in the season.
Lady Wildcats 5
Red Bank 3
Scoring a run in each of its first two at-bats, Polk County jumped ahead early, but, by the top of the fifth, the visiting Lady Lions had evened the score.
Coach Triplett’s Lady Wildcats put up a 3-spot in the bottom of the fifth frame to retake the advantage and withstood another solo run by Red Bank in the top of the sixth for the win.
Both teams rapped out a half dozen hits in the contest and committed two errors.
Half of Polk’s hits went for extra bases as Hannah Triplett, Aubrie Bowman and Emily Bates laced a double apiece.
Triplett, who picked up the pitching victory to improve to 10-1 on the season, went 2-for-3 at the dish and drove in a run.
Kaitlyn Williams plated a pair of Lady Wildcat teammates in the victory.
Lady Wildcats 20
On the road Thursday, Polk ripped 19 hits in just three at bats, while Brianna Muller (6-2) fired a one-hitter, striking out six, from the circle.
Bowman topped the hit parade, going 3-for-3 with a home run and a pair of doubles, while driving in four runners and scoring three times herself.
Bates and Taylor Carroll also went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs apiece. Bates had a double and scored a trio of runs, while Carroll touched home plate twice.
Muller helped her own cause, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored, while Williams went 2-for-4 and a pair of “ribbies.”
Both teams pushed across a pair of first-inning runs.
Polk (2-11) took a small lead with a solo run in the bottom of the fourth.
Hiwassee Dam leap-frogged the hosts with a couple of runs in the top of the fifth, before the Wildcats knotted the score with solo run in the bottom of the sixth.
After a scoreless seventh frame, the visitors from the East drew back-to-back walks to open the eighth and the added a pair of hits to drive home a trio of scores for the victory.
“We played better defensively (only one error) and we were in the game the whole way til the end,” declared Wildcat coach John Dixon. “We gave up way too many free passes (10).”
Senior Matt Hammons paced the Polk offense, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, plus he drove in two teammates.
SOFTBALL GAME SUMMARIES
Red Bank 001 011 0 — 3 6 2
Polk County 110 030 x — 5 6 2
WP: Hannah Triplett (10-1), LP: Kendall Farr. 2B: Mackenzie Cagle (RB); Aubrie Bowman, Emily Bates, Triplett (PC). Highlights: Triplett 2-3, 2B, RBI; Kaitlyn Williams 2 RBIs (PC). Records: Polk County 16-3.
Polk County (12)80 — 20 19 0
Sweetwater 000 — 0 1 1
WP: Briana Muller (6-2), 1, 6 Ks. LP: Alyssa Burgess. HR: Aubrie Bowman (PC). 3B: Muller (PC). 2B: Bowman 2, Muller 2, Hannah Triplett, Macie Waldroup, Emily Bates (PC). Highlights: Bowman 3-3, HR, 2 2Bs, 4 RBIs, 3 runs; Bates 3-3, 2B, 2 RBIs, 3 runs; Taylor Carroll 3-3, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Muller 3-4, 2 RBIs, 3 runs; Kaitlyn Williams 2-4, 2 RBIs (PC). Records: Polk County 15-3, 7-0 District 5-AA.