Eagles sweep Hawks with two walkoff wins

Destinee Jackson celebrates at home plate after hitting a three-run homer to give the Eagles the first of two walkoff wins against Hillsborough Community College. In two game she went 6-for-8 with four runs and five RBI. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Destinee Jackson celebrates at home plate after hitting a three-run homer to give the Eagles the first of two walkoff wins against Hillsborough Community College. In two game she went 6-for-8 with four runs and five RBI. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State came from behind twice tonight to sweep Hillsborough Community College at the Diamondplex in Winter Haven.

 

In game one, Destinee Jackson's three-run homer on a 2-0 pitch gave the Eagles a 7-4 win in the bottom of the ninth. 

The game started with the Hawks scoring a run in the first inning on a walk and a double. They then put runners on first and third with one out, but pitcher Megan Wilder retired the next two hitters on a popup and a ground out. 

The Eagles evened the score in the second inning. Jackson led off with a single up the middle, stole second and third, and came home when Hillsborough made an error on a hard-hit grounder by Alexis McBride

The Hawks struck back in the fifth on an error, a single, and a home run that just cleared the left field fence and made it a 4-1 ball game. 

Polk State rallied to tie the game in the sixth. Krista Hoyt reached first after being hit by a pitch, Lyndsey Carlton hit the first pitch for a single, and Alayna Carranco singled to score Hoyt. 

Anizya Vargas and Lauren Estrada followed with back-to-back RBI singles, tying the score at 4. 

In the bottom of the ninth, Estrada led off with a double to left and moved to third on Victoria Perry's a bunt single.  

That brought Jackson to the plate, and after taking the first two pitches for balls she drilled the next one over the left-field fence for the walkoff win. 

Jackson finished 2-for-4 with two runs, three RBI, a walk, and two stolen bases. 

Estrada collected two singles and a double, a run, and an RBI. 

Vargas had a 3-for-5 game with an RBI. 

Carranco singled, doubled, scored a run, and drove in a run. 

Carlton went 2-for-3 with a run and a sacrifice. 

Perry had a single, a run, and a sacrifice. 

Hoyt singled and scored a run. 

Wilder worked the first five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits and a walk. 

Carranco tossed four shutout innings while giving up four hits.

 

Eagles celebrate under a full moon after sweeping Hillsborough with a pair of walkoff wins. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

 

In the nightcap, Breeden's one-out single in the seventh inning scored Jackson from second, breaking an 8-8 tie and giving the Eagles a 9-8 victory. 

Once again Hillsborough scored first, putting a pair of runs on the board in the second inning. 

Polk State answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning when Jackson led off with a single to right and scored on Breeden's two-out home run. 

The following inning, Carranco hit a leadoff single, took second on a wild pitch, and scored when Hillsborough made a throwing error on a grounder by Vargas. 

After Estrada's infield single put runners at first and second, Jackson came through again, smashing a double to score both runners and put the Eagles up 5-2. 

The lead didn't last long though as the Hawks scored two runs in each of the next three innings and took an 8-5 lead into the bottom of the sixth. 

Jackson started a rally with a leadoff double over the right fielder's head and scored when McBride also doubled. Breeden followed with Polk State's third straight double, scoring McBride and cutting the lead to 8-7. 

Hoyt then singled to score Breeden and tie the game at 8-all. 

The Hawks threatened in the top of the seventh, putting runners at first and second with one out, but Carranco retired the next two hitters on fly balls to center field. 

With one out in the bottom of the inning, Jackson got her fourth hit of the game, a single to center. McBride was then hit by a pitch, setting the stage for Breeden's game-winning walkoff single. 

Jackson went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two runs, and two RBI. 

Breeden had a 2-for-3 game with a double, a walk, an RBI, and two runs. 

Hoyt also finished 2-for-3 with a run, a homer, and three RBI. 

McBride had a double, a walk, a sacrifice, a run, and an RBI. 

Starting pitcher Sarah Grindrod gave up six runs (one earned) on three walks and seven hits. 

Carranco worked two innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on a walk and three hits.  

 

With tonight's victories, Polk State moves up to third place in the Suncoast Conference. The Eagles (17-19, 3-4) hit the road Tuesday to play State College of Florida (29-11, 4-2, No. 4 FCSAA) at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Bradenton.

 

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