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Blue Devils deep-six Maroon Tide

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Grayson County took a 12-0 lead after two innings and rolled to a 16-1 win over Galax.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

INDEPENDENCE –– For Grayson County Thursday it was six of one, a half-dozen of the other. 

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The Blue Devils put six runs on the board in the first inning and a half-dozen more in the second, and coasted to a 16-1 five-inning win over Galax in a Mountain Empire District game Thursday.

Grayson County retained firm control of the top spot in the MED by moving to 3-0 in the league, 8-2 overall. Galax dipped to 2-9 overall, 1-2 MED.

The Blue Devils batted through the lineup in each of the first three innings, doing all of their scoring in that time, although Galax pitchers Haley Reynolds and Holly Cassell gave up just six earned runs between them. Two hits, three errors and a pair of walks resulted in Grayson’s first six-run rally, highlighted by Claire Circle’s two-out, two-run single. Three other runs in the first came home on misplays by the Tide defense.

Galax got its leadoff hitter on base in each of the first two innings but was unable to bring either one around, and Grayson doubled down in the bottom of the second with six more runs. Sarah Eller ripped a lined single down the leftfield line to drive in Autumn Halsey and Brady Cassell. Three batters later, Eller and Rachel Burris trotted home on a Chelsea Callahan single into centerfield as the Blue Devil lead grew to 12-0.

Eller, Grayson’s starting pitcher, retired the side in order and the Blue Devils rounded out their scoring with a four-run rally in the bottom of the third. Grace Circle walked and later scored on a misplayed fly ball, two runs scored on bases-loaded walks and Haley Lawrence’s slap hit went for an RBI infield single.

Galax avoided the shutout in the top of the fifth when Taylor Cummings looped a single into right, scoring when Nikki Boyles drove a double into the rightfield corner.

Boyles had two of the Maroon Tide’s three hits. Eller allowed one hit in three innings to get the win and Grace Circle finished up for the Blue Devils. The two combined for seven strikeouts.

Halsey, Eller and Grace Circle totaled two hits apiece, with Eller, Circle and Callahan driving in two runs each. Both Callahan and Eller also scored three times.