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Galax girls rally for first win

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Two home runs had the Maroon Tide ahead 4-0 but Galax had to go extra innings for the win.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

Lauren Osborne’s one-out single in the bottom of the eighth drove in Taylor Ashworth with the winning run as Galax edged Chilhowie 6-5 in a nondistrict softball game Thursday at Mountain View Park.

Galax broke into the win column with its first victory after an 0-3 start.

Ashworth walked with one out in the bottom of the eighth to get Galax’s game-winning rally. Haley Reynolds followed with a single, and all runners were safe on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Brooklyn Key. That loaded the bases for Osborne, who delivered the winning hit through the right side.

Galax played long ball to jump out to a 4-0 lead. Ashworth ripped a solo homer to straightaway centerfield to break a scoreless tie in the bottom of the second.

Nikki Boyles walked and scored on Holly Cassell’s ground-out in the third, and Key slammed a two-run homer well over the leftfield fence to double the lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth.

Galax committed six of its eight errors after the fourth inning, helping the Warriors take a 5-4 lead. Having cut Galax’s advantage in half in the fifth, Chilhowie got a leadoff walk from Emily Smarr and a double to left by Jensen Sturgill to start the sixth. Smarr scored on a wild pitch and Sturgill came home on an error, knotting the score at 4-4.

Chilhowie edged into the lead in the top of the seventh as Abby Stanley singled, advanced to third on an error and scored on a dropped third strike, but Galax stayed alive with a single run in the bottom of the seventh.

Osborne led off by reaching on an error and advanced to second on Taylor Cummings’ sacrifice bunt. Brittany Byrd came through with a two-out single to center, scoring Osborne and keeping the day alive for the Maroon Tide.

Reynolds pitched the final two innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits to earn the win. Cassell worked the first six innings for the Maroon Tide, striking out four and walking one.

Key and Byrd each had two hits for the Maroon Tide, while Stanley, Sturgill and Emily Hennigan had two apiece for the Warriors.

BASEBALL

Chilhowie 14, Galax 1: In a matchup between two teams that played for state championships a year ago, the Warriors got at least one hit and at least one RBI from all nine starters in a five-inning, nondistrict win Thursday in Chilhowie.

The defending Group A Division 2 runners-up got two hits and two RBIs from Forrest Haga, T.J. Lewis drove in a pair while Caleb Sheets and Dustin Creasy teamed up to limit the Maroon Tide to five hits.