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Big finish leads Cavs past Tide

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Carroll County led 4-3 before scoring 13 runs in the final two innings to run away from Galax.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

As the afternoon wore on and the temperatures gradually dropped, Carroll County’s bats only got hotter.

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The Cavaliers racked up 13 runs in the fifth and sixth innings to break away from a one-run lead going on to hammer Galax 17-3 in six innings in a nondistrict game Friday at Felts Park.

Galax (1-3) just had put three runs on the board to pull to within 4-3 when the Cavaliers (3-0) batted through the order in consecutive innings to blow the game open.

“Galax has got some ability to score a lot of runs and I knew their pitchers had thrown well so far this year, so I was glad to see us respond to their big inning the way we did,” Carroll County coach Joe Tompkins said. “You don’t want to let a team like that hang around if you can help it.”

Galax batted around to cut the Cavalier lead to a single run in the bottom of the fourth, but Carroll County followed suit in its first opportunity, sending nine batters to the plate itself in the top of the fifth and scoring five runs with two outs. A fielder’s choice, a walk and a Cody Beamer single loaded the bases for Cavalier leadoff man Ryan Gravley, who looped a single into shallow right to drive in a pair of runs.

Josh Underwood singled later in the inning to score Beamer, and Seth Burris ripped a base hit up the middle to plate two more runs for a 9-3 Cavalier advantage.

“It was good to see us string some hits together with two outs,” Tompkins said. “We had guys in scoring position and the kids came through with some good at-bats to get those runs in.”

Ethan Webb took the mound for Carroll in the bottom of the fifth and allowed just one baserunner – on an error – in two innings of work.

Carroll County left no doubt after the top of the sixth as the first seven Cavaliers reached safely. Taylor Case doubled and Bronson Bowman followed with a two-run single. Carroll County tacked on five more runs on a fielder’s choice, a bases-loaded walk, two ground outs and an error before Case rapped his second double of the inning for an RBI.

A Burris RBI single and a run-scoring throwing error spotted Carroll a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, and the Cavaliers tacked on two more runs in the fourth on a balk and a double steal.

Held hitless through three innings, the Maroon Tide got things going in the home half of the fourth. Caleb Pack singled in a run, another scored on an error and Chandler Quesenberry’s fielder’s choice plated Pack to cut Carroll’s lead to 4-3 entering the fifth.

Carroll County outhit the Maroon Tide 15-3, led by Burris and Bowman with three hits apiece and a combined five RBIs. Case had two hits while Gravley and Josh Underwood had two RBIs each.

Edwards and Webb teamed up to throw five no-hit innings as Galax was held to three singles on the afternoon.