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TAZEWELL –– Grayson County missed an opportunity to take a win from what may prove to be the strongest team in Southwest Virginia Thursday night, dropping a double header at Tazewell, 2-0 and 7-6.
A walk and a Blake Hash single put two Bulldogs on base in the second inning and both eventually scored, one on a throwing error and one on a double steal, for the only runs in the first game.
Hash was 3-for-4 for Tazewell (3-0) while Mike Wood allowed one hit in four innings for the win. Matt Kinser gave up one hit – a Max Rodgers double – in three innings of relief work.
Nick Perkins allowed five hits and no earned runs over seven innings for Grayson County.
Tazewell scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to win a back-and-forth second game 7-6. Grayson County (3-3) led 3-0 when Tazewell jumped ahead with Rich Hankins’ grand slam in the bottom of the fifth.
With two out and none on, the Blue Devils went to their bench to start a three-run rally in the sixth, culminating with Dustin Leonard’s two-run double.
Leonard was ejected after being involved in a collision at the plate later in the inning, and having exhausted its bench by that point Grayson was forced to play the bottom of the sixth with eight fielders.
The shorthanded defense wasn’t the problem as much as two costly errors that led to three Tazewell runs and a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the frame.
Floyd Co. 3, Carroll Co. 2: The Buffaloes avenged a 6-2 loss from two days earlier in a nondistrict win Wednesday in Floyd.
Floyd County scored three unearned runs to take a 3-0 lead before Jordan Lamb smacked a two-run home run in the top of the seventh for the Cavaliers (2-4).
Ryan Lewis held Carroll County to five hits on the day. Vinny Kuchenbuch had a two-run double for Floyd (2-6).