After six scoreless tries, the Wildcats finally got on the scoreboard in a big way in the top of the seventh inning, posting six runs to roar past the Tigers on their home field.
The two teams will square off again this afternoon in Benton, with a 5 p.m. first pitch to complete the district home-and-home format.
Senior Duncan Coffey led the way for Polk (8-7-1, 3-0 District 5-AA), not only firing a complete-game five-hitter, but also going 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored. The big right hander struck out three Tigers and walked just one to improve his pitching record to 2-1 on the season.
Coffey and Meigs’ Kyle Carden were locked in a pitchers’ duel for the first six frames, with the hosts able to push across a couple of runs in the bottom of the fourth and Polk able to load the bases twice but not get anybody in until the final frame.
In the seventh, Nolan Bishop led off the Wildcat rally by beating out an infield hit before Chris Wimberley laced his second hit of the contest. Justin Brown followed with a two-run double into right-center field.
Coffey then reached on an error and Matt Hammons beat out an infield hit before Andrew Aldridge stroked a two-run double. Another Wildcat also scored on the play thanks to an errant throw, and Aldridge scored the final run on a Carter Flower’s groundout.
Polk County 000 000 6 — 6 5 2
Meigs County 000 200 0 — 2 5 3
WP: Duncan Coffey (2-1) 7 IP, 3 Ks, 1 BB, 5 hits, 2 R; LP: Kyle Carden (3-1). 2B: Andrew Aldridge, Justin Brown (PC); Dustin Kennedy (MC); RBI: Aldridge 2, Brown 2, Coffey (PC). Highlights: Coffey 2-4, RBI, run; Aldridge 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI (PC). Records: Polk County 8-7-1, 3-0 District 5-AA; Meigs County 6-2-1, 0-1 District 5-AA.