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MAX MEADOWS –– Grayson County got a big road win under its belt Monday, but not before gnawing on a fingernail or two before it was over.
The Blue Devils took the lead for good just four pitches into the game and got a stellar effort from pitcher Dylan Isom, but had to sweat through a huge seventh-inning threat to down Fort Chiswell 5-2 in a Mountain Empire District game.
Lucas Rudy led off the game with a home run on a 2-1 count to give Grayson County (5-3 overall, 2-0 district) a quick 1-0 lead, and though the Pioneers (4-4, 1-1) tied the game in the bottom of the first, the Blue Devils would not trail the entire day.
A dose of wildness to start the third and fourth innings helped Grayson retake the lead. Rudy walked and advanced on a wild pitch in the third, scoring on Spencer Roberts’ base hit, and Luke Wilson followed suit in the fourth, walking and moving up on a pitch to the screen, coming home on a Rudy double.
The Blue Devils tacked on two big runs in the top of the sixth when a bases-loaded error allowed two runs to score.
Fort Chiswell cut one run off the Grayson lead in the bottom of the seventh and had two men on base and big Coleman Thomas at the plate representing the tying run, but Isom fanned the Pioneer first baseman on three pitches to end it.
Isom allowed just three hits on the day, two by Thomas, to improve to 4-0 on the year. He struck out two and walked two.
Rudy and Rodgers both had two hits for Grayson County.