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ABINGDON -- A three-run sixth inning broke a 1-1 tie and lifted Abingdon to a 4-1 win over Carroll County in the Southwest District baseball tournament championship Thursday. The Cavaliers (16-6) had tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning when Jared Cox reached on an error and scored on a base hit by No. 9 batter Adam Nester, but the Falcons took command an inning later. Travis Shrewsbury’s sacrifice fly drove in Heath Shelton with the go-ahead run, and Abingdon added some insurance on a run-scoring infield single by Luke Hilt followed by a Josh Barker’s RBI double. Carroll County lost in important run and, more importantly, some much-needed momentum when an almost unheard-of call went against the Cavaliers in the top of the second. Trailing 1-0 after four walks in the bottom of the first, the Cavaliers appeared to have knotted the score when Jordan Lamb ripped a solo homer, but the run was wiped off the board when it was ruled that Lamb failed to touch home plate. Lamb finished the day with three hits – including what officially became a triple as a result of the call at home. Zach Witt went the distance for Abingdon, allowing the one unearned run on six hits, striking out seven. Carroll County will open Region IV tournament play tomorrow (Tuesday) when the Cavaliers travel to Piedmont District champion Tunstall. Southwest District finals
Carroll County......000 010 0––1 6 0 Abingdon..............100 003 x––4 5 1
Ousley, Nelson (1), Rosenbaum (6), Underwood (6) and Snow. Witt and Pope. WP – Witt. LP – Ousley. 3B – Lamb (CC). 2B – Barker (A). SOFTBALL Richlands 7, Carroll County 1: Richlands earned the last-chance spot in the Region IV tournament, knocking off the Cavaliers in the SWD tournament consolation game Thursday in Tazewell. Richlands took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on back-to-back RBI doubles by Micka Brady and Megan Robinson. Carroll County answered in the bottom of the first when Autumn Hill led off with a single and scored on Lillie Kimble’s two-out triple, but the Cavaliers would manage just three more hits the rest of the way against Tornado pitcher Evan Ferrell. Ferrell and Brady each had an RBI single in a three-run fourth, and Morgan Hill clubbed a solo home run in the fifth for Richlands. Brady went 3-for-5 for Richlands and Hill was 3-for-4 for the Cavaliers, whose season ends at 11-9. Ferrell finished with a five-hit, seven-strikeout performance. Southwest District consolation game
Richlands..............200 310 1––7 11 1 Carroll County......100 000 0––1 5 2
Ferrell and Hess. Kimble and Nunn. WP – Ferrell. LP – Kimble. HR – Hill (R) 5th, none on. 3B – Brady (R), Kimble (CC). 2B – Brady (R), Hill (CC). BOYS’ SOCCER Galax 1, Fort Chiswell 0: The Maroon Tide attempted an astonishing 37 shots but was able to find the net on just a Jose Martinez goal in the second half, holding off the Pioneers in the Mountain Empire District boys’ title game Thursday in Max Meadows. Cody Akers registered 25 saves for Fort Chiswell, which will face James River in the Region C tournament Tuesday. Galax improved to 12-5-1 and will host Bath County in its Region C opener, also on Tuesday. Carroll County 2, Graham 1: The Cavaliers earned a spot in this week’s Region IV tournament with a tight win over the G-Men in the SWD consolation game Thursday. The Cavaliers will face Blacksburg in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. GIRLS’ SOCCER Galax 4, Bland County 1: The Maroon Tide won the inaugural girls’ tournament championship Thursday over the Bears in Max Meadows. Nikki Thomas and Marleigh Durham each scored a pair of goals for Galax, which hosts Bath County in the Region C quarterfinals Tuesday at 5 p.m.