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FLOYD –– Carroll County and Floyd County split a double header Thursday as two vastly different games resulted in two equally tight finishes.
The two teams combined for two hits in the opener as Floyd took a 2-0 win. Kat Mills broke a scoreless tie with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the fourth for the Buffaloes. Amber Ingram was then hit by a pitch and eventually scored on Courtney Huff’s sacrifice fly.
Ingram handed the Cavaliers just their second defeat of the season by tossing a one-hitter with six strikeouts.
The complexion of the afternoon changed dramatically in the nightcap, with the Cavaliers banging out an 11-10 win. Lillie Kimble clubbed a solo home run in the top of the first for Carroll, but the Buffaloes answered with a solo shot by Mills and a two-run homer by Jenna Pendleton in the home first.
Back-to-back RBI doubles by Autumn Fink and Grace Lindsey helped boost Carroll County into a 7-6 lead by the end of the third inning. Jordan Nunn knocked in three runs with a double and scored on Lindsey’s groundout as Carroll took an 11-6 lead in the top of the fourth.
The Cavaliers were able to hang on to the lead despite back-to-back homers from Mills and Ingram in the fourth.
Mills was 4-for-6 with three home runs and four RBIs for Floyd County. Kimble and Fink had two hits each for Carroll County in the second game, and Kimble took the pitching decision in both games.
Grayson Co. 8, Galax 1: Nearly every match was close, but nearly every match went the Blue Devils’ way in a key MED meeting Friday in Galax.
Four of the nine matches went to three sets, with Jake Parnell (No. 3 singles), Mica Paluzzi (No. 4), the No. 1 doubles team of Garrett Bailey and Mike Vaughan and the No. 3 doubles team of Tyler Farris and Matthew Waller all pulling out victories for Grayson County.
Bailey, Vaughan and Ben Horton also won singles matches. Galax’s lone win was at No. 6 singles, a 6-4, 6-1 win by Zach Marshall.
Grayson County 9, Fort Chiswell 0: The Blue Devils improved to 9-0 on the year with an easy win Friday in Max Meadows.
Top seed Anna Turnmire won a 6-0, 6-0 decision over Courtney Robb and the top doubles team of Laura Shearin and Megan Finklea defeated Jade Campbell and Keya Dunford 6-1, 7-5.
Lucy Phipps, Shearin, Finklea, Alisha Bost and Adanna Cheek were all singles winners with Shearin, Bost and Cheek winning by 8-0 scores.
Galax 13, Narrows 3: The Maroon Tide bounced back into the win column Friday with a five-inning MED win over the Green Wave at Felts Park.
Galax’s bats got hot in the twilight as the Maroon Tide’s 3-0 lead grew by six runs in the bottom of the second on four straight one-out singles, a walk, another single, a hit batsman and a Trevor Quesenberry double.
Narrows scored all three of its runs in the final two innings but was matched by Galax, which banged out 14 hits on the day. Eddie Hanks went 3-for-5 while Brock Cox, Travis Cockerham and Travis Garvey added two hits each. Cockerham, Garvey and Michael Bond drove in two runs apiece.
Cockerham got the win on the mound, giving up two earned runs on four hits, striking out five.
Radford 3, Galax 0: The Bobcats recorded their fifth straight shutout in a nondistrict win Friday in Radford.
Jay Cundiff scored twice and Ben Khandan-Barani added a goal for Radford (7-2-1).