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INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County pitcher Chelsea Callahan wasn’t perfect all day. Just most of it.
A sophomore, Callahan allowed just two baserunners, issued zero walks and got flawless defense behind her as the Blue Devils took a 9-1 softball win Tuesday in a nondistrict game at the Grayson County Recreation Park.
The young Blue Devil right-hander had five 1-2-3 innings, giving up a solo home run to Jensen Sturgill in the top of the second and a 20-foot swinging bunt of a single by pinch hitter Taylor Billings in the sixth. Otherwise, she was flawless and sat down 10 Warriors in a row from the second through the fifth innings.
Callahan struck out four while her defense handled every chance it got, including six plays by shortstop Autumn Halsey.
Grayson County (8-2) squandered a pair of leadoff base hits on lax baserunning mistakes in the first two innings before finally breaking through. Chilhowie (5-8) led 1-0 on Sturgill’s lined shot over the leftfield fence before the Devils got on the board with a looping, two-out RBI base hit off the Chilhowie shortstop’s glove by No. 9 hitter Karly Morris, knotting the game at 1-1 after two innings.
Grayson had nobody on base and two outs before scoring four in the third. Four straight walks pushed a run across and loaded the paths for Callahan, who came through with a two-run single just out of reach of the Warrior second baseman. Morris followed with a clean single to center for a 5-1 Grayson lead after four.
Halsey led off with a single and eventually scored on a Chilhowie throwing error in the bottom of the fourth, and the Blue Devils slammed the door in the fifth with a three-run outburst. Singles by Clair Circle, Mary Meier and Hayley Lawrence loaded the bases for Halsey, who forced in a run with a walk. Brady Cassell shot a single through the hole into leftfield to drive in two more and cap the scoring for the Blue Devils.
Grayson County totaled 12 hits on the day, including two each by Lawrence, Eller, Callahan and Morris.
Cassell, Callahan and Morris drove in two runs apiece and Clair Circle scored three times.