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However briefly, Cavs the leaders in the clubhouse

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BLUEFIELD -- It doesn’t look like it will last for very long, but Carroll County is atop the Southwest District baseball standings in mid-May. The Cavaliers exploded for  11 runs in the second and third innings Thursday to swamp Graham 15-1 in five innings, taking over the top spot by percentage points over Abingdon. Carroll County is through with its district schedule at 9-3, 13-6 overall, while Abingdon sits in second at 8-2. The prospects of the Falcons regaining the No. 1 spot are very good if not inevitable, with SWD games remaining against Graham (0-10) and Grundy (4-6). The Cavaliers entered the second inning Thursday in a 1-1 tie but broke the game open with a seven-run rally. Zack Edwards and Jared Cox singled to get things going and Shane Webb followed with an RBI single. After consecutive infield errors by Graham and a bases-loaded walk, Jordan Hawks capped the inning with a run-scoring base hit. Craig Rosen tripled in a run for the Cavaliers in the top of the third, scoring on Tyler Reavis’ single. Jordan Lamb later ripped a two-run triple as Carroll County took a 12-1 lead. Adam Nester helped the Cavaliers finish strong with RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings. Nester finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs on the day, while Crotts, Cox, Webb and Rosen each added two hits, including a pair of triples by Rosen. Edwards was the winning pitcher, holding the G-Men to one unearned run on four hits, striking out eight and walking two.   Carroll County......174  21––15  18  1 Graham................100  00–– 1    5   4

Z.Edwards and Wood, Snow (4). Morgan, Marrs (2) and T.Gearhart. WP – Edwards. LP – Morgan. 3B – Rosen 2, Lamb (CC), S.Gearhart (G). 2B – Webb (CC).