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Queens Grant Falls to Polk County



Tiffany Walston

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Polk County (9-11) secured a victory on Tuesday in the 1st round of the playoffs, defeating the 9th seeded Queens Grant (17-4) with a final tally of 6-3. 

The Polk County Wolverines started off strong, scoring a run in the 1st inning and 5 more in the 4th. They were led by Chloe Young and Junie Mitchell who went 2-for 4, thrilling the crowd and motivating the team to keep pushing towards a victory.

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Pirates Coach Phillip Miller expressed immense pride in his team's performance, specifically applauding the standout performance of their pitcher.

“Our pitcher, Sarah Vitale, came in with a game plan and executed it well. Queens Grant usually averages 14 runs a game and last night they only were able to get off 3.”

With Vitale's stellar showing last night, the Wolverines are brimming with excitement as they look forward to their upcoming playoff game. Polk County now looks ahead to their next game in the 2024 NCHSAA Softball State Championship playoffs, hitting the road on Friday to take on Mountain Island Charter in what promises to be another intense matchup.

Coach Phillip Miller excited about the upcoming game, stated:

“We feel pretty good about the next round. We play in a tough conference and we are confident we are going to perform well.”

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Despite the loss, Queens Grant showcased a formidable offense with five players registering hits, including Harmony Hernandez, who contributed a 1-for-4 performance with a stolen base and two RBI. Melissa Detweiler added to the pressure with a 2-for-3 and a stolen base, keeping the Polk County Wolverines on alert throughout the game.

Queens Grant's season has been marked by a cohesive team dynamic, fostering individual player growth and standout performances. Alyssa Steele leads the charge with an impressive 47 RBI, closely followed by Triniti Hartis with 45 RBI, showcasing their offensive prowess. Pitcher Addi Benton has made her mark as well, ranking 15th out of 100 in the state Win Rankings for County Sports USA with 14 victories and an impressive 123 strikeouts.

Reflecting on the season, Queens Grant Coach Don Nicholas commended the Stallions for their dedication and effort throughout the season.

“While not the outcome we wanted, these ladies fought hard until the very end. It was still a very successful record breaking season and I’m very proud of all 13 girls.”

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