Both teams rapped out seven hits in the contest, but the Wildcats touched home plate just twice, while the Chiefs claimed the district crown with 13 runs.
The boys from Benton will be making their fifth straight Region 3-AA Tournament appearance Monday with a trip to District 6-AA champion Red Bank (17-20). After dropping the first championship game by an 11-7 margin to Chattanooga Central, the Lions roared back to capture the title by a 14-7 score.
The Purple Pounders will travel to Madisonville for the other opening round contest Monday, with the winners to square off Wednesday for the region crown. Both region title game participants will earn a spot in the TSSAA sectional playoffs.
After Polk took a 1-0 lead after its first at bat in Wednesday’s game, Sequoyah scored twice in the bottom of the inning.
The Wildcats knotted the game in the top of the second, but the hosts scored three times in their half of the frame and then posted an “8-ball” in the third inning to put the run-rule in effect.
Matt Hammonds led the Polk offense, going 2-for-2 with a double and driving in a run.
Alex Akins had an RBI-hit, while Justin Brown and Hunter Carter both stroked a double and scored a run.
Duncan Coffey and Collin Wimberley also had a hit apiece for the Wildcats.
CHIEFS 13, WILDCATS 2
Polk County 110 00 — 2 7 3
Sequoyah 238 0x — 13 7 0
WP: Jake Johnson 2 IP, 4 Ks. LP: Hunter Carter (3-2). HR: Scott Bauers (S). 2B: Matt Hammonds, Justin Brown, Hunter Carter (PC); Trey Dier, Chris Arp (S). RBI: Alex Akins,Hammonds (PC). Highlights: Hammonds 2-for-2, 2B, RBI; Carter 1-for-2 2B r; Brown 1-for-3, 2B, r (PC); Records: Polk County 18-12; Sequoyah 26-5.