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HILLSVILLE –– Having exploded in the latter innings for a 17-3 win over Galax two weeks ago, Carroll County failed to capitalize on early opportunities at a decent-sized lead Saturday. That, in turn, was Galax’s big opportunity, but the Tide couldn’t cash in, either.
Galax made improvements aesthetically but couldn’t extract vengeance for the earlier shellacking as the Cavaliers held on for a 3-2 nondistrict win Saturday at Bill Worrell Field.
Carroll County improved to 4-1 on the year while the Maroon Tide saw its record drop to 2-6.
The Cavaliers never trailed after taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but never could take an easy breath until Reece Edwards came on to strike out two in the seventh to earn the save. Galax’s best shot at throwing a real scare into the Cavaliers came in the top of the sixth. The Tide trailed 3-1 when Daniel Larrowe led off with a double down the leftfield line, moved up on Chandler Quesenberry’s bunt and barely beat the throw to the plate on Stew Merdian’s grounder to third.
Alex Zipprich followed with a double to left, putting runners on second and third with one out, but Caleb Spurlin’s potential game-tying sacrifice fly turned into a double play when Cavalier leftfielder Taylor Case made the catch and gunned down Merdian on a bang-bang play at the plate.
After an uneventful bottom of the sixth, Edwards struck out the first two Galax batter he faced, issued a two-out walk to Chase Garvey and got a weak comebacker to the mound to save the win.
Carroll County left six runners stranded in the first three innings, managing just single runs in each the first and third. Ryan Gravley reached on an error and eventually scored on a Seth Burris ground-out for a 1-0 lead in the first.
The Cavaliers got a Kenley Meredith double, two singles and a walk but went scoreless in the second, leaving the bases full after loading the paths with one out.
Galax tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the third as Larrowe tripled to center and scored on a misplayed fly ball to left, but the Cavaliers were back in front in the bottom half of the frame. Edwards singled, stole second and took third on an overthrow, hustling home on Josh Underwood’s sacrifice fly.
Underwood, Gravley and Edwards teamed up to hold Galax to three hits, two by Larrowe. Underwood took the win, giving up one run on one hit in three innings. Meredith had two of Carroll County’s five hits.