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HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County took an early lead and held on for a 3-1 win over Abingdon in a key Southwest District softball game Tuesday.
Abingdon (7-2 overall, 3-1 district) returns five starters from the team that lost in extra innings in last year’s Group AA state title game, but the Cavaliers (8-1, 4-1) held the Falcons scoreless through five innings while building a 3-0 lead.
Regan Halsey and Lillie Kimble each had an RBI single in the bottom of the first to put Carroll on top to stay, and Halsey tripled in the third, scoring on Jordan Nunn’s fielder’s choice.
Abingdon had two runners on with none out in each the fourth and sixth innings but got just the one run on a two-out single in the sixth.
Kimble limited Abingdon to six hits, striking out nine. Nunn had two of the Cavaliers’ five hits.
Grayson Co. 12, Narrows 0: Jared Salts and Tyler Rutherford teamed up to hold the Green Wave to one hit while Dustin Leonard continued swinging a hot bat as the Blue Devils took a five-inning Mountain Empire District win Thursday in Independence.
Leonard was 2-for-4 on the day, including a three-run home run in the third inning as Grayson pulled away.
Tazewell 10, Galax 5: The Bulldogs used a five-run fourth inning to take an 8-2 lead, eliminating the Maroon Tide in the Coppinger Invitational quarterfinals Wednesday in Bluefield, W.Va.
Travis Cockerham doubled and scored on Michael Bond’s single, and Travis Garvey doubled to drive in Bond as Galax (3-5) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
Tazewell answered with single runs in each of the first three innings before unloading for five in the fourth. Brock Cox tripled home a run and later scored as Galax pulled to within 8-5 in the sixth before running out of steam.
Galax 6, Carroll Co. 3: The Maroon Tide took a 4-2 lead into doubles play and claimed a nondistrict win Tuesday at Felts Park.
Dyllan Taylor took a tough three-set win at No. 1 singles while Kenley Adams, Tyler Garman and Zack Marshall all won their matches. Carroll County’s Travis Joyce and Kris Goad picked up wins, and Goad teamed with Ryan Lanning for a third-set tiebreaker win at No. 2 doubles, but Galax got wins at 1 and 3 doubles for the team win.
Galax sweeps Narrows: The Maroon Tide upped its record to 6-1, 2-0 in the district with a pair of 9-0 and 8-1 wins last week over the Green Wave. Taylor, Ryan Williams, Ty Cornett and Adams all won both their singles matches.
Grayson Co. 9, Rural Retreat 0: The Blue Devils stayed undefeated with an easy nondistrict win Thursday in Independence.
Anna Turnmire, Lucy Phipps, Laura Shearin, Megan Finklea, Alisha Bost and Shannon Gamble were singles winners for Grayson (8-0).
A-A Relays: Four Galax athletes earned top-six finishes at the All-American Relays Thursday at Radford High School.
Jacob Ogle placed second in the 110-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 16.72 seconds and placed fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches.
Megan Boyles also placed in two events as the freshman was fifth in the 1600 (5:58) and sixth in the 800 (2:37) with personal best times in both.
Jennifer Laws ran a personal best 14:04 to finish sixth in the 1600 and Darius Brown had a personal best distance of 188’1” to finish sixth in the discus.
Carroll 2nd, 3rd: The Cavaliers placed second in the boys’ standings and third in the girls’ in a seven-team meet last week at Tazewell.
Isaac Worrell (1600), Lance Canon (200) and Kenneth Horton (110 hurdles) were winners for the Carroll boys.
Elise Zyvlosky won the 1600 and 3200 for the Cavalier girls.