Cardwell, Williams team up for MED doubles title

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MAX MEADOWS -- The Galax boys’ doubles team of Pres Cardwell and Ryan Williams may have started the day as the No. 2 seed in the district, but they walked off the court a No. 1. Cardwell and Williams took advantage of an upset in the first semifinal to face the No. 4 seed duo from Fort Chiswell in the championship match and bumped off the Pioneers’ Hunter Sharp and Jarred Smith for the MED championship at Fort Chiswell. The Galax pair had to work for it, though, bouncing back from a first-set loss to pull off a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 title-clinching win. Cardwell and Williams opened the day by taking care of Garrett Bailey and Ben Horton of Grayson County 6-3, 6-3. Sharp and Smith stunned top-seeded Hunter Romano and Luke Gibson of Bland County 6-3, 6-3 in the other semifinal, and rode the hot hand to a first-set win in the finals before Galax rebounded. In the singles bracket, top seeded Romano handled No. 4 Bailey 7-5, 6-1 while No. 3 seed Alex Taylor of Narrows upset Cardwell 7-5, 6-3 in the semifinals. Romano coasted to a 6-3, 6-0 win over Taylor in the championship match. BASEBALL Grayson County 16, Radford 5: The Blue Devils ended their regular season with a five-inning win over the Bobcats in a nondistrict game Thursday in Independence. Willie DeBoard highlighted an 11-run fourth inning with a two-run homer. The Blue Devils took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the fourth before the first nine batters reached base and scored with no outs. Grayson County coupled six hits with four Radford errors in the big inning. Grayson (14-6) took a 3-0 lead in the first on RBI singles from Reece Phipps and DeBoard and led 5-1 after three. Six different Blue Devils enjoyed a multi-hit game, led by DeBoard’s 3-for-3, three-RBI day. Tyler Rutherford, Jake Blizzard, Jared Salts, Zack Hill and Dustin Leonard added two hits apiece, with Salts and Hill each driving in three runs. Hill pitched the first four innings for the win, giving up one earned run on five hits. The afternoon started with Grayson County retiring the No. 23 jersey of former coach Thomas Owens, a longtime member of the Blue Devil staff who passed away last year.   Radford...................001   1  3––  5   6   6 Grayson County......311  (11)x––16  10  3

Oakley, n/a and Marshall. Hill, Salts (5) and Graham. WP – Hill. LP – Oakley. HR – DeBoard (GC) 4th, one on. 2B – Salts, Hill, Graham (GC).