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HILLSVILLE –– Galax was unable to get the go-ahead hit it needed in the first game of its double-header at Carroll County. The Cavaliers made sure the opportunity didn’t arise again.
Carroll scored on a walk-off single to nip the Tide 5-4, then used a no-hitter by Ryan Gravley to secure a 3-0 win and claim a nondistrict sweep Saturday at Bill Worrell Field.
Gravley, a junior, allowed six baserunners in his five-inning no-no, but one was caught stealing and another erased on a double play. The right-hander found himself in one jam all day, plunking Travis Garvey to lead off the top of the fourth and issuing a one-out walk to Justin Ayers, but second baseman Cody Beamer triggered a double play to end the threat.
Ayers relieved Galax starter Trevor Quesenberry and got out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the fourth, but the Cavaliers had all the offense they would need by that point.
Jordan Worrell and Logan Hodges stroked back-to-back RBI singles up the middle in the second, and Brandon Lineberry clubbed a run-scoring double to deep right in the third.
Though the 3-0 margin was hardly a blowout, the bulk of the drama occurred in the first game. The Cavs (3-2) led 4-3 and were one out away from the win when an errant throw plated Eddie Hanks with the tying run in the top of the fourth for Galax (1-2).
Carroll had a runner on third with one out when Garvey nailed the potential winning run trying to score on an Aaron Hooven grounder to first. With two down, Hooven stole second and Garrett Nelson came through with a single into left, plating Hooven with the game-winner.
Nelson went the distance on the mound for the Cavaliers and got a battle out of the Maroon Tide. Galax collected four first-inning hits but managed just one run while losing a starting catcher in the bargain. Nick Davis doubled to drive in Dante Ravenell, who led off the game with a single. Davis tried to score on Jonathon Alouf’s base hit but was upended on the play at the plate and injured his wrist, leaving the park for an evaluation and missing the rest of the afternoon.
It was the last thing an already-banged-up Galax needed as the Tide unloaded just 11 players off the bus, including a recent call-up from the JVs.
The Cavaliers answered Galax’s quick start with one of their own as Gravley led off with a double and Lineberry shot a two-run single up the middle.
Three walks and a wild pitch widened the lead to 3-1 in the third but Galax caught the Cavs in the top of the fourth on an error, a Hanks single and a two-run base hit to left from Alouf. Galax had runners on the corners with one out before Nelson got out of the inning.
Worrell led off the fourth by getting nicked by a pitch, and Gravley’s two-out double brought in pinch runner Taylor Case for a 4-3 lead before the Tide knotted the score in the top of the fifth.
Nelson gave up two earned runs on nine hits, striking out five and walking none to earn the win. For the day, Gravley, Lineberry and Hodges each had two hits for the Cavaliers while Hanks, Alouf and Ayers had two apiece for the Tide.