Eagles sink Sharks for first win of season

Chelsea Whitmore and Abigail Thompson celebrate after the Eagles won their first game of the season, beating Miami Dade 9-4. Whitmore made her first start as a pitcher this season and hurled a complete game to earn the win.  (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Chelsea Whitmore and Abigail Thompson celebrate after the Eagles won their first game of the season, beating Miami Dade 9-4. Whitmore made her first start as a pitcher this season and hurled a complete game to earn the win. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State won its first game of the season today, beating the Miami Dade College Sharks 9-4 in Winter Haven. 

For Head Coach Donna Byars, it was also her first win at Polk State and first win as a college coach. 

"Of course, it's a great thing that we won," said Byars, "but it's not as good as I wanted it to feel because we should have won three or four games prior to this one. 

"But we're working on the areas we need to work on and hopefully we'll improve from that." 

Making her first start of the season, Chelsea Whitmore (1-0) threw a complete game to get the win. 

"She did a great job," said Byars. "She deserved the win. She pitched where she needed to pitch, hit her spots, and so it worked out well for her." 

She also helped her cause at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. 

Victoria Perry singled, doubled, walked, score two runs and drove in a pair. 

Reese Nibert went 2-for-4 with a double, a run, and two RBI. 

Breanna Snell hit two singles and scored two runs. 

Destiny Breeden had a double, and RBI, and two runs. 

Krista Hoyt finished with a single, a run, and an RBI. 

Caitlyn Whitehead also had a single and an RBI.

In game two, Miami Dade won 5-1. 

Pitcher Breanna Snell pitched a complete game. 

Perry continued her hot hitting, singling twice in four at-bats. 

Whitehead doubled and scored Polk State's lone run. 

Keely Staats had a walk and a double. 

Hoyt and Snell each went 1-for-3. 

The Eagles (1-11) travel to Fort Pierce on Tuesday for a pair of games against Indian River State College (No. 3 FCSAA, No. 20 NJCAA).

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