Eagles gain split at home

Alayna Carranco delivers a pitch against Palm Beach. Her one-hit complete game performance led the Eagles to a 6-1 win. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Alayna Carranco delivers a pitch against Palm Beach. Her one-hit complete game performance led the Eagles to a 6-1 win. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State split a pair of games today at the Diamondplex in Winter Haven. 

In the opener, the Eagles lost to Florida State College at Jacksonville 5-4. 

Polk State took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning.  

With one out, Keely Staats lined a 3-2 pitch down the leftfield line for a single. She took second base when Victoria Gonzalez also singled on a 3-2 pitch.  

After Destiny Breeden's sacrifice bunt advanced the runners, Staats scored on a single by Anizya Vargas

The Eagles added a run in the third when Lauren Estrada singled, moved to second on a walk, and scored on an error.  

The following inning, Estrada ripped a two-out single to left and Destinee Jackson slammed a pitch over the centerfield fence, putting the Eagles up 4-0. 

In the top of the fifth, however, the Blue Wave rallied to take a 5-4 lead and went on to win. 


Teammates congratulate Destinee Jackson after she hit a two-run homer against FSCJ. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)


Starting pitcher Sarah Grindrod took the loss. In five innings she allowed five runs on six hits, walking two and striking out four. 

Alayna Carranco pitched two shutout innings. 

Jackson went three-for-three with two runs, two RBI, and a walk. 

Estrada had a two-for-four game with a run scored. 

In the nightcap against Palm Beach State College, the Eagles won 6-1 with timely hitting and a complete game gem by Carranco.

Polk State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.  

Leadoff hitter Vargas hit the first pitch for a single and took second on Estrada's sacrifice bunt. 

Jackson followed with a double to score Vargas. Victoria Perry also doubled, scoring Jackson and giving Polk State a 2-0 advantage. 

Carranco, meanwhile, retired the first eight Palm Beach batters before giving up a bunt single in the third. It was the only hit the Panthers would get in the game. 

The Eagles added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth when Vargas again hit the first pitch, sending it to the leftfield fence for a double. 

Estrada followed with a walk and Jackson singled home Vargas for a 3-0 lead. 

With runners on second and third, Perry hit into a fielder's choice, scoring Jackson and making it 4-0. 

Alexis McBride then drew a four-pitch walk and Krista Hoyt doubled, giving the Eagles their final two runs and a 6-0 lead. 

Palm Beach scored its run in the top of the seventh when the leadoff batter was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a sacrifice, and scored on an error. 

Carranco earned the win, walking one, striking out one, allowing one hit and one unearned run. 

Vargas doubled, singled twice, and scored twice. 

Jackson went three-for-three with a double, two runs, two RBI, and a stolen base. 

Estrada walked twice, stole a base, and scored a run. She also made a great diving catch in the sixth inning, robbing Palm Beach of an extra-base hit.  

Perry doubled and drove in a pair of runs. 

Hoyt had a double and two RBI. 

The Eagles (4-3) play Thursday against Daytona State (3-0) at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Winter Haven. 


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