Eagles sweep Indian River

Eagles celebrate after sweeping Indian River 11-10 and 4-3. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Eagles celebrate after sweeping Indian River 11-10 and 4-3. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State swept a doubleheader against Indian River State College today at the Diamondplex in Winter Haven, winning each game by one run. 

In game one, the Eagles had a 10-1 lead going into the fifth inning and looked like they would cruise to an easy win. 

After the first Indian River batter led off the inning with a solo home run, cutting the lead to 10-2, the Pioneers scored seven more runs on two singles, a hit batter, and seven walks, ending the inning with the score 10-9. 

The Eagles put a run on the board in the bottom of the inning when Diamond Simmons led off with a double to left field on a 3-2 pitch, took third on Destiny Breeden's sacrifice bunt, and scored on a double by Anizya Vargas, giving Polk State an 11-9 lead. 

In the top of the sixth, Indian River loaded the bases on an infield single, a walk, and an error. 

After Megan Wilder got the next hitter to pop out to shortstop, a sacrifice fly made it a 11-10 game. Wilder then pitched out of troubled, getting the next batter to swing at a 3-2 pitch and ground out to first base, giving Polk State the win. 

The Eagles had eight hits, with five of them for extra bases. 

Destinee Jackson hit a three-run homer, singled, and scored twice. 

Simmons hit a solo home run, doubled, walked, drove in two runs, and scored three. 

Lauren Estrada went 2-for-4 with a run. 

In addition to her double and RBI, Vargas walked and scored a run. 

Victoria Perry finished with a single, a walk, and two runs. 

Alexis McBride walked and scored a run.  

Wilder pitched 6.1 innings, allowing 6 runs (one unearned) on seven hits and nine walks. 

Sarah Grindrod pitched 0.2 innings, giving up four runs on a hit and four walks. 


Krista Hoyt (left) congratulates Diamond Simmons after she hit a home run in a game the Eagles would win 11-10. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)


The Eagles jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second game when Vargas led off the bottom of the first with a double and scored on a throwing error.  

In the third inning Polk State added another run. Breeden led off with a four-pitch walk, went to third on a single by Vargas, and scored on Estrada's sacrifice bunt. 

The Pioneers answered with a three-run homer in the top of the fourth to go up 3-2.     

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Perry blasted a home run to tie the game at 3. 

Going into extra innings, the Pioneers put runners at second and third with two out in the top of the eighth, but Grindrod got the final out on a ground ball to third base. 

In the bottom of the frame, a walk and a sacrice fly by Jackson put runners on second and third with one out. McBride then hit a bouncer to the second baseman and Estrada crossed the plate to give Polk State a 4-3 win. 


Destinee Jackson and Victoria Gonzalez celebrate with Alexis McBride (center) after she drove in the winning run in the eighth inning of a 4-3 victory. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)


Grindrod pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and two walks. 

Vargas went 2-for-4 with a double and a run. 

Hoyt and Simmons each singled, and Breeden walked and scored a run.  

The two wins today gave Polk State its first sweep of the season. 

The Eagles, who have won three in a row to improve to 12-11, hit the road Tuesday to Play Daytona State (10-3, No. 10 FCSAA) at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Daytona Beach. 


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