Eagles end season with walk-off win

Eagles congratulate Mary-Margaret Maggard (center) at home plate after her single in the bottom of the seventh ended Polk State’s season with a 12-11 win over Hillsborough. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Eagles congratulate Mary-Margaret Maggard (center) at home plate after her single in the bottom of the seventh ended Polk State’s season with a 12-11 win over Hillsborough. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State ended its season with a bang tonight as Mary-Margaret Maggard's walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh gave the Eagles a 12-11 win over Hillsborough Community College in the second game of a Sophomore Night double-header.

With the Eagles down 11-7, Ally Baert led off the inning by hitting the first pitch to left field for a single. 

After Riley Dunn flied out, Breanna Snell reached first on a throwing error and Baert advanced to second. 

Kelsey Armstrong then singled to load the bases. 

Jada Wesley stepped to the plate and singled to score Baert, with Armstrong taking third. 

Mikayla Barwig followed with a double that scored Armstrong and sent Wesley to third. 

After the Hawks made a pitching change, Maggard greeted the new hurler by lining a single to right, bringing home Wesley and Barwig with the tying and winning runs. 

The Hawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but the Eagles answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame when a double by Maggard scored Wesley and Barwig. 

After Hillsborough went up 4-2 the following inning, the Eagles responded with a run in the third on Baert's sacrifice fly. 

The Hawks took a 6-3 lead in the top of the fifth, and once again the Eagles rallied in the bottom of the inning. 

After Maggard and Dakoda Bozeman reached base on singles, Baert drove in Maggard with a double, and Bozeman raced home on a wild pitch, cutting the lead to 6-5. 

In the bottom of the sixth, Wesley started a rally with a two-out single. 

Barwig then reached first on an infield hit, and Maggard drove in Wesley with a single to tie the game at 6. 

Bozeman then singled to score Barwig and put the Eagles up 7-6. 

But the Hawks refused to go quietly. They rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh, taking an 11-7 lead and setting the stage for Polk State's dramatic finish. 

Taite Powell earned the win with a complete game performance. 

Maggard went 5-for-5 with two doubles, a run, and five RBI. 

Wesley had four hits, two RBI, and three runs. 

Barwig (3-for-5) had a pair of doubles, an RBI, and three runs. 

Bozeman singled twice, sacrificed, and scored a run. 

Kelsey Armstrong had a pair of singles and a run.

The Eagles dropped the first game 17-0 in five innings. 

Between games, sophomores Armstrong, Baert, Barwig, Bozeman, Ashlyn Curtis, Dunn, Maddie Scott, and Heather Novis received on-field recognition.

 
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