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Carroll pitcher reaches milestone

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Lillie Kimble recorded the 300th strikeout of her career as Carroll County took two from Galax.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

HILLSVILLE –– Lillie Kimble is far from being a professional athlete. She doesn’t play the stock market, the ponies or Texas hold ‘em. But she has earned 300K in a little more than two years.

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Kimble, Carroll County’s third-year starting pitcher, recorded the 300th strikeout of her career Saturday as the Cavaliers swept a pair of no-hit nondistrict softball wins from Galax.

The milestone was the highlight of a couple of 10-0 victories by the Cavaliers. Both games, originally scheduled for five innings, were shortened to four frames due to the 10-run rule.

Kimble hit the magic number with the second of her six strikeouts, the final out of the first inning. Her teammates gave her all the offense she would need in the home half of the first when Jordan Nunn doubled to drive in Lexi Hodge, later scoring on Autumn Hill’s groundout.

Hodge doubled to deep left in the bottom of the second to plate Autumn Fink, who had singled.

Kimble allowed one baserunner on the day, a second-inning error, and the Cavaliers unloaded for seven runs in the home fourth to end the first game early. Hodge’s second RBI double of the day drove in Fink to start the big inning and Nunn singled, plating Hodge. A wild pitch and a Carlie Stilwell double accounted for a run each and Bridget Barnes ended the game with one out, lashing a three-run double to left for the 10-run spread.

Hodge, Nunn and Fink each had two hits for the Cavaliers (7-1), with Hodge and Nunn driving in two each.

Sophomore Eden Durnil kept Galax hitless for the day in the second game, also shortened to four innings thanks to a big Cavalier uprising that pushed eight runs across in the second. Leading 2-0 after one, the Cavaliers got a two-run double from Hodge, and Bailey Matney scored on Nunn’s ground-out. Hill, Grace Lindsey and Eustacia Smith added an RBI single apiece.

Durnil, a sophomore, allowed two baserunners on the day, a third-inning walk and an error in the fourth. She struck out two.