Carroll County rallies past Tazewell 3-2

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Cavs reach SWD finals, earn Region IV spot


 HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth off of fireballing Tazewell lefthander Zak Wasilewski and held on for a 3-2 win in the Southwest District baseball tournament semifinals Tuesday at Bill Worrell Field.

Cavalier starting pitcher Adam Crotts allowed just three hits all day, but two of them were solo homeruns by Wasilewski, including one in the top of the sixth that put Tazewell ahead 2-1.

Jordan Lamb drew a walk and took second on a wild pitch in the decisive sixth inning, and Dillon Bryant’s double brought in Lamb with the tying run. Bryant scored the eventual game-winning run on a base hit by Jared Cox, and Crotts had a 1-2-3 seventh seal the win.

Crotts singled with two outs in the bottom of the first and scored on a Bryant infield single but Tazewell knotted the score on Wasilewski’s first homer, in the top of the fourth. 

Taylor Herald followed with a double off Crotts, but those were the only hits allowed on the day by the big Cavalier righty, who struck out 14 and issued no walks in tossing his fourth straight complete-game victory.

Carroll County traveled to Abingdon for the SWD title game Thursday and will advance to the Region IV tournament next week.



Southwest District semifinals

Carroll Co. 3, Tazewell 2

Tazewell.................000  101  0––2  3  0

Carroll County.......100  002  x––3  4  1

Wasilewski and Wood. Crotts and Snow. WP – Crotts. LP – Wasilewski. HR – Wasilewski (T) 4th, none on; 5th, none on. 2B – Herald (T), Bryant (CC).



Grayson County 15, Bland County 5: The Blue Devils coasted into the Mountain Empire District finals with an easy win Tuesday over the Bears in Independence.

Kayla Spurlin allowed two runs over five innings to pick up the win for Grayson County, the regular season champion. The Blue Devils took command with an eight-run third inning.

Catherine Vaughan and Kimberly Parsons had two hits apiece for the winners, who face Fort Chiswell in today’s finals.

Fort Chiswell 2, Galax 1: Grace Wilson allowed just two hits, but they came in the form of a single followed by a Kelly Thomas home run as the No. 3 Pioneers upset the second-seeded Maroon Tide in the MED semifinals Tuesday in Independence.

Wilson doubled and scored in the bottom of the fifth to pull Galax to within 2-1, but the Tide couldn’t get the tying run across and saw its season come to an end.

Fort Chiswell pitcher Amber Chrisley allowed four Galax hits.


Mountain Empire District semifinals

Fort Chiswell 2, Galax 1

Fort Chiswell......200  000  0––2  2  2

Galax...................000  010  0––1  4  1

Chrisley and Thomas. G.Wilson and Brewer. WP – Chrisley. LP – Wilson. HR – Thomas (FC) 1st, one on. 2B – G.Wilson (G)



Marion 2, Carroll County 1: Trent Snavely scored on a penalty kick near the end of the second overtime period as the No. 2 Scarlet Hurricane survived an upset bid by the No. 3 Cavaliers in the SWD semifinals Tuesday in Marion. Carroll County faced Graham in the tournament consolation game Thursday.


Tazewell 7, Carroll County 0: The Cavaliers’ season came to a close with a shutout loss to the Bulldogs in the SWD quarterfinals Monday.

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