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Cavaliers jump on Tunstall early

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SOFTBALL

By The Gazette

 DRY FORK –– Carroll County came off the bus swinging and jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the top of the first, knocking off Tunstall 10-5 in a Region IV softball tournament quarterfinal game Tuesday.

The Cavaliers (19-5) registered eight hits among their first 10 batters, including RBI singles from Lillie Kimble and Ragan Halsey plus a three-run double by Jordan Nunn.

The double-digit cushion came in handy as Carroll County managed just two base hits the rest of the afternoon.

Tunstall (13-10) cut one run off the deficit in the bottom of the first and added four runs in the fourth on a two-run single by Courtney Potter and a two-RBI double from Corbin Holder.

That was as close as Kimble would allow the Trojans to get as the Cavalier junior blanked Tunstall over the final three innings and improved to 16-5 on the year, giving up the five runs on six hits, striking out seven. She and Halsey registered two hits apiece for the Cavaliers.

Carroll County faced Cave Spring in the region semifinals Wednesday at Radford University.

Region C Division 2

Grayson County 16, Fort Chiswell 0: The Blue Devils walloped the Pioneers for the second straight game, breezing to a first-round win in the Region C Division 2 quarterfinals Tuesday in Independence.

Laken Parks was 3-for-3 at the plate for Grayson County (13-8), which blanked the Pioneers 10-0 for the MED tournament title five days earlier.

Parks also scored three runs and added three RBIs.

Sarah Eller kept the Fort Chiswell bats quiet with a complete game three-hitter, striking out 10 and walking three.

The Blue Devils faced James River in the region semifinals Thursday at the Botetourt Sports Complex. The Knights advanced with an 8-1 win over Auburn in their quarterfinal. Floyd County squared off against Glenvar in the other semifinal Thursday.