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ABINGDON –– With a large portion of the Carroll County softball team attending commencement ceremonies Saturday morning – as onlookers, not participants – the lone 12th-grader on the Cavaliers’ roster, Lindsey Davidson, received her diploma, officially exiting high school. Unofficially, the graduation of Davidson and her classmates made a group of season-long juniors a team of instant seniors.
Later in the day, they played like it, too.
Carroll County won the Southwest District softball championship, rolling over mistake-prone season champion Abingdon 10-1 in the title game Saturday afternoon.
A scoreless tie swung squarely in the favor of the Cavaliers (18-5) in the fourth inning when Carroll County pushed six runs across to take control. Autumn Hill scored on a wild pitch and Autumn Fink delivered an RBI single for a 2-0 lead and all the offense the Cavaliers would need.
Carroll added four more runs on three consecutive RBI singles and a run-scoring ground-out.
Abingdon (17-3) pushed a run across in the bottom of the fourth but centerfielder Lexi Hodge gunned down a potential run at the plate, and Carroll added three more runs on two Abingdon errors in the fifth for a 9-1 cushion, all but sealing the win.
Lillie Kimble limited the Falcons to four hits over seven innings to earn the pitching win. Hodge drove in two runs and Grace Lindsey added a double and an RBI for Carroll County, which played at Tunstall on Tuesday in the Region IV first round.