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INDEPENDENCE –– It took Grayson County two days to get its first hit. Once the ice was broken, the Blue Devils were fine.
Playing two scoreless innings Tuesday before the skies opened up, Grayson County picked up with a three-run third inning on Wednesday and blanked Fort Chiswell 7-0 in a Region C Division 2 softball first round game at the Grayson Rec Park.
Grayson County No. 9 batter Destiny Shupe collected the Devils’ first hit of the game, a bunt single with one out in the third inning. Haley Lawrence beat out an infield single and Brady Cassell broke the scoreless tie with an RBI single before Grace Circle knocked in a pair of runs with a single for a 3-0 lead after three.
Grayson County doubled its lead in the bottom of the fourth. Following a one-out single by Brandy Goad, Jamey Adams doubled off the top of the fence in center. Lawrence’s sacrifice fly brought home Goad before Madison Shupe walked to re-load the bases.
Cassell’s single to left brought two more Blue Devils across as Grayson took a 6-0 lead, and Lawrence added an RBI single in the fifth for the final margin.
Circle pitched the first six innings for Grayson County, allowing two base hits, striking out a dozen and walking three. Autumn Halsey pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to finish the Pioneers off.
Amber Chrisley had both of Fort Chiswell’s hits. Lawrence, Cassell and Destiny Shupe had two hits apiece for Grayson County. Cassell drove in three while Lawrence and Circle added two RBIs each.
Grayson advanced to the region semifinals Thursday (yesterday) at the Botetourt Sports Complex to face Glenvar, a 5-3 winner over Radford. Floyd County faced James River in the other semifinal Thursday. The finals are set for 6:30 Friday, also at the Botetourt Sports Complex.