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Maroon Tide girls open with pair of wins

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Galax opens its second season of competition with back-to-back wins.

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 Galax’s girls’ soccer team opened the season on a high note, taking wins over Bland County and Giles last week.

In the season opener against Bland County on Tuesday, Chantasy Cottrel, Meagan Madrigal, Mireida Martinez and Sonia Solis all scored in the Maroon Tide’s 4-0 win over the Bears. Goalkeeper Abbi Ponce stopped all eight Bland County shots she faced. Wednesday in Pearisburg, the Maroon Tide blanked Giles 4-0 behind two goals by Cottrel and single goals from Madrigal and Solis, plus three Ponce saves.   BASEBALL Auburn 10, Galax 1: The Eagles took advantage of a big day by Jacob Underwood in claiming a nondistrict win Thursday in Felts Park. Underwood tossed a complete-game three-hitter and was 2-for-3 at the plate for Auburn. He struck out eight and walked none. Auburn led 2-0 in the fourth when four errors and a Ryne Scott sacrifice pushed three runs across for a 7-0 lead. Shane Cummings doubled and scored on an error in the fifth for Galax’s only run. He collected two of the Maroon Tide’s hits on the day.   Auburn......020  301  4––10  10  3 Galax........000  010  0––  1   3   4

Underwood and Duncan, Mazon, Hanks (2), Testerman (7) and Woodel. WP – Underwood. LP – Mazon. 2B – Lipsey (A), Cummings (G).   SOFTBALL Floyd County 15, Galax 4: The Buffaloes used a pair of six-run rallies to deal the Maroon Tide a five-inning defeat Thursday at Mountain View Park. Jenna Pendleton slugged a three-run homer as Floyd County scored six times in the top of the first. The lead stood at 9-1 after four innings when Jessi Hall added a two-run home run in the top of the fifth for Floyd County. Galax scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Bailey Shumate and a two-run Crew Cardwell double, but wasn’t able to extend the game past five innings.   Floyd County......612  06––15  7  0 Galax.................010  03––  4  5  5

Huff and Roop. G.Wilson, Reynolds (5) and Brewer. WP – Huff. LP – G.Wilson. HR – Pendleton (FC) 1st, two on; Hall (FC) 5th, one on. 2B – Ingram (FC), Russell (G).