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INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County racked up 11 runs in the first inning and clinched the Mountain Empire District regular season baseball title Wednesday with a 17-2, five-inning win over Galax at the Grayson Rec. Park.
The Blue Devils (13-5 overall, 8-1 district) won for the third time in three days this week, and won their fifth straight since suffering back-to-back one-run losses to start the month.
Matthew Cornett smacked a two-run triple to highlight the first inning, starting a big day at the plate for the Grayson junior. Cornett added a three-run home run in the third and also had an RBI single, finishing the day 3-for-4 with six RBIs.
Spencer Roberts enjoyed a 4-for-4, three-RBI outing while Max Rodgers, Dylan Isom and Landon Frost added two hits each. Rodgers drove in three runs and Isom had two RBIs.
Chase Garvey had an RBI single for Galax (9-9, 5-3).
Carroll County 9, Tazewell 2: The suddenly-hot Cavaliers kept their Southwest District title hopes alive by pounding the Bulldogs Tuesday at Bill Worrell Field.
Three of Carroll County’s five biggest run totals have come during the team’s current five-game winning streak, which has seen the Cavaliers improve to 11-5, 5-1 SWD.
Carroll never trailed after taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning, and pulled away from a 5-2 lead with a five-run fifth. Nine different Cavaliers had base hits, including a 2-for-4, three-run day by Gravley. Kenley Meredith had two RBIs.
Gravley also pitched the first four innings to record the win, giving up one earned run on five hits.
Galax 14, Bland County 1: The Maroon Tide scored six runs in consecutive innings to blow past the Bears in an MED game Tuesday at Skip Dillow Field.
Leading 1-0, Galax pushed across six runs in each the third and fourth innings to break the game open. Caleb Pack’s two-run double highlighted the third inning while the Tide rapped seven hits in the six-run fourth. Bryant Cox, Stew Merdian and Caleb Spurlin each had three hits for Galax while Chase Garvey, Nick Davis and Alex Zipprich added two hits each.
Grayson County 15, Narrows 0: Blue Devil pitchers Max Rodgers and Matthew Cornett allowed one Narrows baserunner in a five-inning wipeout Tuesday in Narrows.
Rodgers pitched four innings, giving up just a second-inning single and striking out five.
Lucas Rudy went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and four stolen bases for Grayson (12-5, 7-1) and Dylan Isom, Ty Cannaday and Luke Wilson added two hits apiece. Rodgers, Isom and Cannaday drove in two runs each.
Carroll County 11, Richlands 6: The Cavaliers played the Blue Tornado once but picked up two wins, rallying from a five-run deficit and pulling away for a Southwest District win Monday at Bill Worrell Field.
Monday’s win was coupled with the nullification of a 4-2 Richlands win over Carroll on April 30. In that game, a Tornado pitcher exceeded the number of innings allowed under the VHSL’s new pitching regulations. The oversight was discovered by Richlands, which reported itself to the VHSL.
In Monday’s victory, Ryan Gravley doubled home two runs and scored on Reece Edwards’ double to tie the game at 6-6 in the third. Carroll took the lead for good later in the inning when Edwards scored on an error.
The Cavaliers tacked on three runs in the sixth on a Gravley RBI single and two bases-loaded walks.
Seth Burris, Edwards and Josh Underwood combined to shut out Richlands over the final four innings, holding the lead for winning pitcher Kenley Meredith.
Gravley reached base five times, going 3-for-3 with two walks and four RBIs. Edwards added two hits for Carroll County.