Polk ended things early Wednesday evening thanks to the 10-run rule, and their 14-0 defeat of Sweetwater secured their sixth district win, which makes them a perfect 6-0 in District 5-AA play.
"Hey, 6-0 in 5-AAA and 14-3 overall, I can't complain. I never dreamed we'd do this, but the kids are responding and are getting better each and every inning," head coach Bill Triplett proclaimed.
After the bottom of the first, Polk County’s Aubrie Bowman, Kaitlyn Williams and pitcher Brianna Muller had each made it all the way around the bases, giving the home team a 3-0 lead.
The scoring had just gotten underway for Polk, though. Its bats accounted for nine hits in the game.
"We're hitting the ball pretty good, like I felt that we would as the weather got a little warmer," Triplett commented.
The bottom of the second began with Taylor Carrol getting to take a stroll to first base and then stealing second while Felecia Johnson was at bat.
A sacrifice bunt by Felecia Johnson left Carrol in scoring position.
Bowman was able to reach first, while Carrol ran in for the first run of the inning.
While Williams was up to bat, Bowman stole third and then ran in for the second run on an error. Williams was eventually walked.
With runners on second and third, Hannah Triplett’s hit was enough to drive in a runner and once again leave Polk runners in scoring positions.
One final miscue by Sweetwater resulted in another run for the home team.
By the bottom of the third, Polk County had a 7-0 run lead over Sweetwater and was about to add another seven runs to its score.
A bunt hit by Bowman loaded up the bases, setting Carrol up to come in for the eighth run of the game.
A wild pitch secured the trip home for Carrol, and then another shaky pitch sent Williams to first, loading up the bases once again.
The next Polk run came in after Muller was hit by a pitch.
Triplett drove in her next RBI, making it 10-0.
Hannah Withrow’s hit along the left-field line tripped up Sweetwater enough for the 11th run, then Emily Bates got a free pass to first, which forced in the 12th run.
Following that run, Sweetwater changed pitchers, but Ashlynn Johnson was able to hit a double and drive in the final two runs of the inning.
The visitors had two more innings to attempt to get their offense going, but with pitcher Muller and the rest of the Polk County defense doing their jobs, were never able to nullify the goose egg on the board.
"We've had the past two days to get better and for the most part we've had really, really good pitching. We had it [Tuesday] and got it again today. Our pitchers kept the ball down and we got a lot of ground balls and are not making many errors," Triplett stated. “We’ve worked on our depth throughout the winter and these are the types of games when you can get some of the younger kids in.”
Muller gave up only two hits from the circle and stuck out nine Sweetwater batters, getting her fifth win of the season.
Polk travels to Sweetwater this evening, and then host Red Bank on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
POLK COUNTY 14, SWEETWATER 0
Sweetwater 000 00 — 0 2 4
Polk County 347 0x — 14 9 2
WP: Briana Muller (5-2), 2H, 9 K. LP: Alyssa Burgess. 2B: Emily Bates, Ashlynn Johnson (PC). Highlights: Hannah Triplett 2-4, 3 RBIs; Aubrie Bowman 2-4, 3 runs; Bates 2 RBIs, A. Johnson 2 RBIs. Records: Polk County 14-3, 6-0 District 5-AA.