“It was a good win for us,” declared Lady Wildcat head coach Bill Triplett on the 7-5 win over archrival McMinn Central. “We got a quick lead, but they came back to take the lead. We didn’t panic. We kept playing hard and were able to get enough runs to win.”
Now 12-2 on the season and 5-0 in district play, Polk County will travel to the Summit of Softball Complex in Collegedale to play in the Ooltewah Classic this weekend.
The Lady Wildcats will take on the host Lady Owls at 6 this evening before facing Sequoyah and McMinn County back-to-back starting at 5:30 Friday.
Polk County had four players circle the bases in its opening at bat Tuesday, but the visiting McMinn Central evened things up with a pair of runs in both the second and third innings.
The Chargerettes took the lead with a solo run in the top of the fourth frame, but the hosts put up a 3-spot in the bottom of the inning and then held on as neither team scored the rest of the way.
Hannah Triplett improved her pitching record to 8-1 on the campaign with a half dozen strikeouts in the contest, plus she went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Emily Bates went 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs in the victory, while Hannah Withrow was also 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Ashlyn Johnson went 2-for-4 on the day and drove in a run.
McMinn Central 022 100 0 — 5 8 3
Polk County 400 300 x — 7 13 2
WP: Hannah Triplett (8-1) 7 IP, 6 K’s 8 hits; LP: Kaitlyn Cantrell. 2B: Leslie Bowers (MC); Aubrie Bowman, Hannah Withrow (PC); Highlights: Savannah Atkins 2-4 (MC); Emily Bates 2-3, 2 RBIs; Withrow 2-4, RBI; Ashlyn Johnson 2-4, RBI; Triplett 2-4. Records: Polk County 12-2, 5-0 District 5-AA.