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Devils win MED title; Cavaliers get past Tazewell

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ROUND-UP

By The Gazette

INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County added the Mountain Empire District tournament softball championship to its regular season title, whipping Fort Chiswell 10-0 in five innings Thursday at the Grayson County Rec. Park.

Sarah Eller got it done at the plate and in the pitcher’s circle for Grayson County (13-8), which will host a Region C Division 2 quarterfinal game Tuesday. Eller limited the Pioneers (7-11) to two hits in five innings, striking out 10 and walking none.

Offensively, Eller was 3-for-3 with an RBI, also scoring three times. Autumn Pierce had two hits and two RBIs for Grayson.

Carroll Co. 4, Tazewell 3: The Cavaliers picked up a hard-earned spot in the Region IV tournament by holding off the Bulldogs in the Southwest District semifinals Wednesday at Tazewell High School.

Autumn Hill’s solo home run put Carroll (17-5) up 1-0 in the second but Tazewell (12-6-1) tied the game in the fourth. Lexi Hodge singled to drive in Kaitlin Farmer and Autumn Fink delivered a two-run single as the Cavs took a 4-1 lead in the sixth.

Taylor Dingus poked a two-run homer with two out in the bottom of the seventh and Samantha Boothe doubled, but Lillie Kimble stranded the tying run at second thanks to Ragan Halsey’s clutch defensive play at third base.

Carroll County played Abingdon for the tournament championship Saturday.

BASEBALL

Abingdon 9, Carroll Co. 5: The Falcons held off the Cavaliers and claimed the Southwest District’s third and final region playoff spot in the SWD tournament consolation game Thursday.

Abingdon built an 8-0 lead through the first four innings before Carroll County came to life in the sixth with consecutive RBI singles from Aaron Hooven, Tyler Snow and Blake Bowman.

The Falcons got one run back in the bottom of the sixth but had to endure another Cavalier rally in the seventh. Morgan Edwards and Hooven each singled with two outs to cut the lead to four runs before the comeback ran out of gas.

Hooven and Dillon Bryant each had two hits for Carroll County, which ended its season with a 12-10 overall record.

Richlands 6, Carroll Co. 2: The regular season champion Blue Tornado topped the Cavaliers by the same score for the second time in seven days with a semifinal win Wednesday.

Richlands led 2-0 when weather halted play after four innings on Tuesday. The Tornado added two runs in the fifth when play resumed on Wednesday, and Bradley Strong tacked on a two-run homer in the sixth, his fourth round-tripper in his last two games against the Cavaliers.

Carroll County got on the board in the seventh when Jared Cox doubled leading off, scoring on Tyler Snow’s base hit. Reese Edwards singled to drive in courtesy runner Isaac Sumner.

Eight different Cavaliers had one hit apiece. Reece Strong and Michael Horton had two this each for Richlands.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Bland County 2, Galax 0: The Bears won the MED tournament championship one year after a winless season, upsetting the Maroon Tide in the title match Thursday in Galax.

Jessi Peery scored on a breakaway early in the match to give Bland (8-5) the lead for good, and added a late insurance goal.

Galax will advance to this week’s Region C tournament and will host Glenvar in a quarterfinal match Monday at 5 p.m. Bland County travels to Radford for its quarterfinal.