Kimble, Carroll wallop Graham

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Kimble struck out 14 in five innings of the Cavaliers' 23-0 win.


 HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County pitcher Lillie Kimble struck out 14 Graham batters in five innings Tuesday as the Cavaliers opened Southwest District play with a 23-0 pounding of the G-Girls.

Kimble allowed just three singles and walked none, getting 14 of 15 outs on strikes. Carroll County (2-2) led 9-0 when it sent 19 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, combining eight hits and a pair of hit batters to push 14 runs across the plate. Autumn Fink had three hits to lead Carroll County. Jordan Nunn, Amber Cannaday and Danielle Spence added two hits apiece. Floyd County 17, Galax 0 (5 innings): Alexis Roop hit a grand slam and Jenna Pendleton had two doubles and five RBIs as the Buffaloes rolled past Galax in a nondistrict game Tuesday in Floyd. Amber Ingram struck out nine batters in four innings for Floyd. BASEBALL Grayson County 6, 11 Tazewell 5, 6: Grayson County scored twice in the top of the seventh to overtake Tazewell 6-5 Saturday and complete sweep of the Bulldogs in a nondistrict double header at GNB Park. Playing as the home team in the second game of the twin bill, Tazewell took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth, but the Blue Devils (3-1) rallied against Bulldog ace Wasinewski for the win, stealing five bases in the inning to put themselves in position to win it.  Tyler Rutherford reached on a one-out single and stole his way to third, where he scored on Jake Blizzard’s RBI single. Blizzard himself stole a pair of bases and scored from third on a passed ball for the eventual winning run. Zack Hill allowed a one-out double in the bottom of the seventh but finished off the Bulldogs with a fly-out and a comebacker to the mound to earn the pitching win with four solid innings of work. Grayson County opened with three runs in the top of the first on a Hill RBI single and two run-scoring sacrifice flies, but the two teams were knotted at 4-4 after three innings. No late-game heroics were needed in the opening game as Grayson County took an 11-6 win on the strength of a seven-run outburst in the bottom of the third. Trailing 3-0, the Blue Devils got RBI singles from Justin Leonard, Hill and Bubba Bowen, plus two-run singles from Blizzard and Brent Graham to surge ahead 7-3. Tazewell was able to pull to within a run by the middle of the fourth, but Grayson County added two runs in each the fourth and fifth innings to pull away. Leonard picked up the win on the mound for the Blue Devils. Galax 6, Chilhowie 3: The Maroon Tide scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to break a 3-3 tie, taking a nondistrict win over the Warriors in a nondistrict game Friday night at Felts Park in Galax. Back-to-back two-out singles by Jacob Woodel and Eddie Hanks provided the winning runs for Galax. Brock Cox worked two scoreless inning of relief to pick up the pitching win. Travis Cockerham doubled and Michael Bond tripled as Galax scored twice in the fifth, tying the score at 3-3. TRACK Carroll County took the boys’ team win and Fort Chiswell was the girls’ winner in a track meet Wednesday at Tommy Thompson Field in Hillsville. The Cavalier boys finished with 73 points to hold off Grayson County by eight points in the team standings. Marion was third with 47, and Fort Chiswell placed fourth with 32 points. Event winners for Carroll County included Hunter Grubb (shot put), Ryne Ayers (300 hurdles, 110 hurdles), Eric Marshall (400) and the 4x400 relay team. Grayson County got event wins from Omar Larreta (3200), Ryan Hernandez (long jump) and Xavier Rodriguez (100, 200). Fort Chiswell’s girls accumulated 83 points to easily outdistance Marion (62), Carroll County (51) and Grayson County (30). Maleah Neely (high jump) and Kayla Goins (300 hurdles, 100 hurdles) picked up event wins for the Cavaliers.