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BASSETT –– The road to the state tournament just got a lot longer for Carroll County.
Bassett used a pair of doubles in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie and walk off with a 3-2 win in the Conference 24 softball championship game Friday at Bassett High School.
The Cavaliers (14-9) now face a 230-mile slog to Mineral to face Conference 23 champion Louisa County in the first round of the Region 4A North tournament. Bassett (15-8) will host Conference 23 runner-up Fluvanna in its quarterfinal game.
After taking an early lead, Carroll County trailed 2-1 entering the top of the seventh when the Cavaliers’ No. 9 hitter, freshman Kyndall Hiatt, slugged a solo home run, her first of the year, to knot the game at 2-2.
The Cavaliers’ joy was short-lived, though, as pinch hitter Lauren Wilson doubled and scored on a two-base hit by Morgan DeHart for the winning run.
Carroll County took a 1-0 lead when Gracie Davidson doubled to drive in Eden Durnil, but the Bengals drew even with a Taylor Mabry homer in the third.
DeHart scored on a Kendall Varner single with two down in the fifth for a 2-1 Bassett lead.
Carroll County 12, Jefferson Forest 2: The Cavaliers scored in bunches in their conference semifinal game Wednesday in Hillsville, putting four runs on the board in three straight innings to eliminate the visiting Cavaliers in five innings.
Durnil and Hannah Dalton each had two hits, Durnil drove in three and Dalton scored three times. Gracie Lindsey knocked in four runs for Carroll County.