Arnold Earns First Win As Eagles Defeat Lake-Sumter 4-3
The top-ranked Polk State College baseball team (10-2) took advantage of a Lake-Sumter error for two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning which led to a 4-3 victory over the LakeHawks Wednesday in Winter Haven.
Polk freshman reliever Jesse Arnold (Port St. Lucie) earned his first victory of the season.
Arnold gave up one unearned run on one hit over three innings with one strikeout.
Closer Trey Norris (Frostproof) earned his seventh save in the contest.
Starting pitcher Brett Jones (Plant City) drove in a run and was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Trailing 3-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth, Jones and Cody DeNoyelles (Windermere) both singled. With two outs, Eagle pinch hitter Ben Emery (Palm Harbor) reached on an error as the LakeHawks second baseman and right fielder collided in short right field and dropped the ball, allowing Jones and DeNoyelles to score with the tying and winning runs.
The Eagles committed an error in the top of the ninth, allowing leadoff batter Masaki Hook to reach base.
Norris struck out two of three batters he faced and enticed a ground ball for the save.
Polk travels to Brevard Friday.
The Eagles host the University of Tampa junior varsity squad Saturday at 1 p.m.