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Grayson shuts down another

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Blue Devil pitching allowed one hit over seven innings for the second time in a week, handling Fort 6-1.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

INDEPENDENCE –– For the second time in three days, Grayson County walked off the baseball field with a five-run win after a one-hit pitching performance. Somehow Friday’s had a little bit of a better feeling to it than did Wednesday’s.

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Ty Cannaday and Koby Hill teamed up to limit Fort Chiswell to just one single and the Blue Devils showed a bit more life offensively than they had two days previously, downing Fort Chiswell 6-1 in a Mountain Empire District game Friday.

“It was a big improvement over Wednesday,” said Grayson County coach Mike Worrell, referring to a 5-0 win at Narrows in which the Blue Devils managed just five base hits but were bailed out by a one-hit, 16-strikeout effort by Ty Lundy. “We hit pop-up after pop-up, only got five hits…you know, Narrows threw the ball over the plate and we just couldn’t do anything with it.”

Grayson County outhit Fort Chiswell 10-1 in Friday’s win, and few were cheap ones. 

“We focused hard on staying back and hitting the ball up the middle, and we had a bunch up the middle today. The kids responded really well.”

The Blue Devils (4-0-1) got at least two men on base in every inning and took the lead for good in the bottom of the second when Will Circle yanked a Bryson Bodner offering around the right field foul pole for a two-run home run.

Grayson County added single runs in each the third and fourth innings to grab a 4-0 advantage. A Cannaday single and an error set up Micah Cornett’s RBI single in the bottom of the third, and a pair of two-out walks kept the fourth inning alive long enough for Cannaday, who was 3-for-4, to deliver a lined single into center to knock in Matt Cornett.

“It’s always good to get people on base, but it was really good to see the kids hit the ball with guys on,” Worrell said.

Cannaday, who started on the mound and provided five strong innings, was cruising until losing the zone with two down in the fifth when three straight walks and a pitch to the screen brought in Fort Chiswell’s lone run.

“Ty didn’t have his usual ‘pop’ today,” said Worrell. “He was a little dead-armed, he told us and we knew it, but he pitched today. He changed speeds on them and he hit his spots when he had to. He just fought hard and kept us in there.”

Cannaday left the mound after the fifth and gave way to Hill, who walked his first batter before retiring six in a row to complete Grayson’s second straight seven-inning one-hitter.

Hill was provided a little extra cushion with which to work in the home sixth. William Vaughan stroked an RBI double to left-center field, with Matt Cornett scoring from first. Then with two outs Max Rodgers ripped a single off the glove of diving Fort first baseman Jarrett McGuire. Vaughan scored from second as the ball trickled away from McGuire to give the Blue Devils their five-run advantage.

 

 

Fort Chiswell...........000  010  0––1    1  1

Grayson County......021  102  x––6  10  0

 

Bodner, Dalton (4), Mooney (5) and Rathbone. Cannaday, Hill (6) and Vaughan. W – Cannaday. L – Bodner. HR – Circle (GC) 2nd, one on. 2B – Wilson (GC).