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Devils hammer Pioneers 25-6

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Grayson avenged a district tournament loss by taking the D2 quarterfinal win.

By The Gazette

 INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County batted through the lineup in three separate innings and annihilated Fort Chiswell 25-6 in a Region C Division 2 quarterfinal baseball game Tuesday.

Holding the Pioneers to one run in the first two innings thanks to a pair of double plays, the Blue Devils pounced on Fort starter Darren Roberts for five first-inning runs, including a two-run single by Jared Salts, to take the lead for good.

The lead ballooned to 15-1 by the end of the fourth. Tyler Rutherford singled home two runs in a four-run third inning, and the Blue Devils added six in the fourth on two errors and base hits by Dylan Isom, Johnny Warren and Max Rodgers.

The worst was yet to come for Fort Chiswell.

Grayson County sent 16 batters to the plate in a 10-run fifth inning, scoring 10 runs on seven hits, three hit batters and three walks. Warren stroked a two-run double and Matthew Cornett had a pair of run-scoring hits, including a double, in the big inning.

Grayson County, which lost to the Pioneers 5-3 in the Mountain Empire District tournament championship game last Thursday, pounded out 17 hits and had 19 other free baserunners coming on 10 walks, five hit batsmen and four Fort Chiswell errors.

Salts picked up his 10th pitching win of the year against one loss, allowing one unearned run on two hits in four innings of work. He threw fewer than 50 pitches, making him available to start Thursday’s region semifinal against top seed Chilhowie on the Devils’ home field.

Grayson County improved to 13-7 with the win while Fort Chiswell finished its year at 17-3, with all three losses coming to the Blue Devils.