Strong finish lifts Cavs past Grayson

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 HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County finished with a flurry, scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth to knock off Grayson County 9-5 in a nondistrict game Saturday at Bill Worrell Field.

Grayson County had just cut Carroll County’s lead to 4-3 in the top of the sixth when the Cavaliers exploded in the home half, sparked by Zach Edwards’ two-run double. Jordan Lamb had given Carroll County (5-4) a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the bottom of the second, but Grayson County pulled ahead in the third on RBI singles by Jared Salts and Dustin Leonard. Jordan Hawks put the Cavaliers in the lead for good with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. Salts homered and Johnny Warren added a run-scoring double in the seventh before Grayson’s comeback ran out of steam. Edwards, Lamb, Craig Rosen and Jared Cox each had two hits for Carroll County. Salts was 3-for-4 for the Blue Devils. Garrett Nelson earned the win on the mound, giving up two earned runs on two hits in four innings of work. He struck out six and walked four.   Grayson County......002  001  2––5   7  2 Carroll County.........010  305  x––9  11  2

Salts, Hill (4), Bowen (7) and Rudy. Nelson, Webb (5), Z.Edwards (7) and Snow. WP – Nelson. LP – Hill. HR – Lamb (CC) 2nd, none on; Hawks (CC) 4th, two on; Salts (GC) 7th, none on. 2B – Salts, Rutherford, Warren (GC), Z.Edwards (CC).   Carroll County 3-14, Grundy 2-8: The Cavaliers swept the Golden Wave in a Southwest District doubleheader Friday in Hillsville. Grundy ace Chris Kelly limited the Cavaliers to just three hits in the first game as the Wave took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third. Two of Carroll County’s hits came in the bottom of the third as the Cavaliers knotted the score at 2-2. Jarrett Combs got a one-out, pinch-hit single and Craig Rosen reached on an infield error. Tyler Reavis drove in Combs with a groundout before Adam Crotts singled to knock in Rosen. Garrett Nelson’s pinch-hit double drove in Jared Cox for the eventual game-winning run in the fourth. Crotts and Alex Ousley teamed up to hold Grundy to just two hits. Crotts worked the final two innings to pick up the win, hitting the first man he faced before retiring six straight, four on strikeouts. The nightcap was everything the first game wasn’t as the two teams combined for 22 runs and 23 hits, including four home runs. Carroll County hung six runs on the board in each of the first two innings, including a two-run Jordan Lamb homer in the second. Reavis added a solo shot in the third. Crotts was 2-for-3 with three RBIs for the Cavaliers. Dillon Bryant and Lamb had two hits each, and Lamb drove in four runs.  Grundy did all of its scoring via the long ball, with three-run homers from Nick Travis and Cody Justus.   Game 1  Grundy................011  00––2  2  2 Carroll County......002  1x––3  3  0   C.Kelly and O’Quinn. Ousley, Crotts (4) and Snow. WP – Crotts. LP – Kelly. 2B – B.Rife, C.Rife (G), Nelson (CC).   Game 2  Grundy................031  13–– 8   11  3 Carroll County......662  0x––14  12  4   J.Kelly and O’Quinn. Rosenbaum, Underwood (4) and Wood. WP – Rosenbaum. LP – J.Kelly. HR – Travis (G) 2nd, two on; Lamb (CC) 2nd, one on; Reavis (CC) 3rd, none on; Justus (G) 5th, two on. 3B – Lamb, Bryant (CC). 2B – Justus, C.Kelly (G), Bryant, Z.Edwards, Crotts (CC).   TRACK & FIELD Thomas Invitational: Galax placed seventh in the girls’ team standings and was eighth among boys’ teams at the Judy Thomas Invitational track meet Saturday at Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring. Marleigh Durham won the 400 meters with a time of 1:08.12 and Allison White finished second in both hurdles events, running the 100 hurdles in 17.64 and the 300 in 52.30. Devae Goins won the long jump with a distance of 18 feet, 11 inches and was second in the triple jump (40’0”). Darius Brown won the discus with a throw of 98’9” and Will Crawford was second in the shot put (37’9”). Other top-three finishes for Galax’s boys included Tariq Ward’s third-place effort in the 100 (12.63) and Jacob Ogle’s second-place showing in the 110 hurdles (17.89). Galax also finished second in the 4x100 relay and was third in the 4x400 relay.