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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BLUEFIELD — It felt more like March than May, but it didn’t seem to bother the Maroon Tide.
Caleb Spurlin had four hits, drove in five runs and scored three more, and Logan Beamer threw a no-hitter in the second game, and Nick Davis scattered five hits in the opener, leading Galax to a Mountain Empire District sweep over Graham 4-2 and 6-0 on a cold and windy Friday evening at Graham Middle School.
“This team here, a great team, good sportsmanship,” Graham assistant coach Tommy Lovell said. “All we want to do here is win, but of course I guess you have to go through your losses to appreciate your wins even more.”
Galax (9-8, 4-1), which trails only Grayson County in the MED standings, was greeted by a brisk wind and temperatures that continued to drop during the two five-inning games.
“In May it is kind of surprising, I thought we might get a little better weather today than we did back home,” Galax head coach Bobby Parnell said. “When we left it was right at 70 and here it is right at 60 and I think it has got cooler since we got here.”
Much cooler, especially for the Graham bats. The G-Men had five hits in the opener, including a pair of singles by Lovell’s son — who is also named Tommy — but managed just two walks and no hits in the nightcap off sophomore lefthander Beamer.
“We have seen a few (southpaws), he was really consistent, he threw a lot of strikes, he threw it in there,” Lovell said. “We just couldn’t put the bat on the ball and when we did it was right to another player and they made really good plays.”
The swirling wind helped the Maroon Tide take the lead in the second inning. After Davis reached on a two-out single, Spurlin hit a fly ball to center field, but it blew toward left field and Jacob Britton tried to catch up, but came up short with a diving try.
Chase Garvey followed with a single for the 3-0 lead.
Galax added four runs in the fourth, keyed by a two-run single by Spurlin, a squeeze bunt from Caleb Pack and a single by Daniel Larrowe as the temperatures continued to drop.
Beamer was unhittable for the Maroon Tide in the nightcap. He walked Lovell on four pitches to open the game, and walked Webb in the fifth, but that was all the baserunners Graham would get.
“He gave us no hits in the second game,” Parnell said. “He is a pretty good kid, he has been battling hard all year and that is what we kind of look for.”
Davis was nearly as stingy in the opener, although the G-Men did managed five hits, scoring twice in the third to tie the score at 2-2 on a pair of errors.
Graham was hampered by five errors of their own, with the Maroon Tide scoring once in the second on a throwing error and again with an RBI single in the third by Chandler Quesenberry.
After Graham tied the score when Josh Conley and Lovell singled, and both runners scored on errors, the Maroon Tide scored two in the fourth on an RBI triple to the center field fence by Pack and an infield grounder from Larrowe.