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FLOYD -- Garrett Nelson got more mileage out of three pitches than a lot of kids get out of an entire inning. The Carroll County sophomore’s first three offerings Wednesday resulted in two Floyd County base hits and two outs, and the lanky right-hander allowed just two more hits in his three-plus innings of work as the Cavaliers took a 12-1, five-inning nondistrict win over Floyd County. First-pitch base hits by the Buffaloes’ Eli Overstreet and Tyler Carr were wasted as Carroll third baseman Zach Edwards triggered a double play on Nelson’s third pitch of the day, helping the youngster get out of the jam. Edwards then got the Cavaliers’ first rally going in the top of the second, drawing a leadoff walk and stealing second to spark a three-run uprising. Jordan Hawks doubled into the leftfield corner to knock in Edwards, and Craig Rosen followed with a two-run single for a 3-0 Carroll County lead. That was plenty enough lead for Nelson, although he did have to work out of another two-on, no-out jam in the second with two strikeouts and a comebacker to the mound. Nelson would allow four hits and one unearned run in his 3 2/3 innings of work, striking out four and walking three. Edwards lofted a sacrifice fly to drive in Dillon Bryant for a 4-0 lead in the top of the third, and though Floyd trimmed a run off the gap with a Ferdinand VanBlerk RBI double in the home third, the Cavaliers exploded for six runs in the fourth. Back-to-back errors to start the inning had Adam Nester and Rosen on board, and Tyler Reavis chopped an infield single to load the bases. Bryant and Adam Crotts drew walks to force in a pair of runs, chasing Floyd starter Cole Manning with none out and the bases still loaded. Edwards singled to right to drive in Reavis, and the ball chewed up Floyd rightfielder Stefan Bishop, allowing Bryant to come home. Hawks’ sacrifice fly drove in Jarrett Combs, and Edwards capped the inning when he crossed on Floyd’s fourth error of the inning. The Cavaliers used their entire roster in the fifth to push the margin to 12-1. Shane Webb doubled off the leftfield fence and scored on Lee Underwood’s single to right. Underwood would later come in on the sixth Floyd County error of the day for the 11-run cushion. Anthony Rosenbaum worked the final 1 1/3 innings for the Cavaliers. Seven different Carroll County batters had at least one hit each, paced by Hawks’ 2-for-2, two-RBI day. Rosen and Edwards also had two RBIs for the Cavaliers. Carroll County......031 62––12 8 2
Floyd County........001 00–– 1 4 6
Nelson, Rosenbaum (4) and Snow, Wood (4). Manning, Carr (4) and Van Blerk. WP – Nelson. LP – Manning. E – Hollandsworth, Carr, St.Pierre 2, Bishop, Callahan (FC), Rosen 2 (CC). DP – Carroll County (5-4-3). 2B – Hawks, Webb (CC), Van Blerk (FC). Sac. – Snow, Z.Edwards, Hawks (CC). SB – Reavis, Z.Edwards, Bryant (CC). LOB – Carroll County 7, Floyd County 8.