Carroll County, Grayson claim key baseball victories

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MAX MEADOWS -- Grayson County wasted a six-run lead but was still able to throw a wrench into the Mountain Empire District baseball standings, knocking off league leader Fort Chiswell 8-7 in an eight-inning thriller Tuesday. The Pioneers rallied from being down 7-1 in the middle of the fourth and knotted the game at 7-7 in the bottom of the seventh. Dustin Leonard led off the top of the eighth with a walk and scored the eventual winning run on a sacrifice fly from Brent Graham. Fort Chiswell left the tying run on third base in the bottom of the eighth, thanks in part to a pick-off at first for the second out of the inning. Grayson County scored three runs in the first on no hits, drawing four walks and two hit batters off of Pioneer starter Mike Dunford, who lasted a third of an inning. Jared Salts homered in the second and the Blue Devils added two runs in each of the next two innings, with Tyler Rutherford smacking a two-run single in the third, followed by RBI singles from Leonard and Brent Graham in the fourth. Rutherford pitched the final two innings and picked up the win. Salts, Leonard and Warren had two hits each for Grayson. The loss was Fort Chiswell’s first in district play. The Pioneers face once-beaten Galax today (Friday) for sole possession of first place.   Grayson County......312  200  01––8  11  3 Fort Chiswell............100  221  10––7   9   1   Dunford, Mabe (1), Kirby (4) and C.Ayers. Bowen, Hill (5), Rutherford (7) and Graham, Rudy (5), Graham (r.e.7). WP – Rutherford. LP – Kirby. HR – Dunford (FC) 1st, none on; Salts (GC) 2nd, none on. 2B – Hill (GC), C.Ayers (FC).

Carroll County 11, Richlands 2: Adam Crotts pitched his second complete-game win in a row and the Cavaliers were all over the Blue Tornado in a Southwest District game Tuesday at Bill Worrell Field. Crotts, whose last start was a shutout of Tazewell, allowed one earned run on five hits, striking out 14 and walking one. His only earned run allowed was a Cody Lockhart homer in the first for Richlands. Carroll County answered with nine straight runs, starting with four in the bottom of the second on a hit batter, two walks and singles by Craig Rosen, Tyler Reavis and Crotts. The Cavaliers pushed three more runs across in both the fourth and sixth. Rosen, Reavis and Crotts each had a pair of base hits for Carroll County.   Richlands.............100  001  0–– 2  5  1 Carroll County......041  303  x––11  8  2   Lockhart, McGhee (4) and Guerriero. Crotts and Snow. WP – Crotts. LP – Lockhart. HR – Lockhart (R) 1st, none on. 2B – Crotts, Nelson (CC).   BOYS’ SOCCER Galax 9, Narrows 1: Edu Rojas and Simo Lagerspetz each scored two goals as the Maroon Tide whipped the Green Wave in a MED match Tuesday. Leanel Vega, Jose Martinez, Omar Ramirez, Victor Diaz and Matthew Wright also scored for Galax, with Martinez and Rojas adding an assist apiece. GIRLS’ TENNIS Galax 9, Fort Chiswell 0: The Maroon Tide dropped just 13 games in the nine individual matches, blanking the Pioneers in an MED match Tuesday. Marie Orton, Carahline Stark, Katie Patton and Joyce Kuang all won by 8-1 margins in singles. Stark and Jenna White took an 8-0 doubles win, as did Patton and Claire Engelhardt. Tayler Engelhardt and White also were victorious in singles.    Singles 1 – Orton (G) def. Taylor 8-1; 2 – T.Engelhardt (G) def. Harmon 8-2; 3 – White (G) def. Robb 8-4; 4 – Stark (G) def. Campbell 8-1; 5 – Patton (G) def. Goard 8-1; 6 – Kuang (G) def. Addison 8-1. Doubles 1 – Orton and T.Engelhardt (G) def. Taylor and Campbell 8-3; 2 – White and Stark (G) def. Harmon and Robb 8-0; Patton and C.Engelhardt (G) def. Goard and Addison 8-0.   BOYS’ TENNIS Galax 6, Fort Chiswell 3: The Maroon Tide used a pair of forfeit wins as a boost, taking an MED win Tuesday at Felts Park. Josh Higgins won a three-set victory over Morgan Dean at No. 3 singles, while Dylan Taylor, Ty Cornett and Tyler Garman also won in singles.   Singles 1 – Sharp (FC) def. Cardwell 6-3, 7-5; 2 – Smith (FC) def. Williams 7-5, 6-4; 3 – Higgins (G) def. Dean 6-3, 2-6, 6-2; 4 – Taylor (G) def. Mabe 6-4, 6-4; 5 – Cornett (G) def. Goard 6-1, 6-0; 6 – Garman (G) def. Quesenberry by default. Doubles 1 – Sharp and Smith (FC) def. Cardwell and Higgins 6-3, 6-4; 2 – Williams and Taylor (G) def. Dean and Mabe 8-2; 3 – Cornett and Adams (G) def. Goard and Quesenberry by default.