Tide, Devils ride big innings to 5-inning wins

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Galax and Grayson County each used late-inning outbursts and took advantage of shaky defense to post runaway wins on the baseball field Friday afternoon. At Felts Park, the Maroon Tide (5-2) scored nine runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and shelled Bland County 14-0 in the Mountain Empire District opener for both schools. Galax led 5-0 before busting loose in the fourth, with eight of the runs coming with two out. Brock Cox led off with a triple and scored on a ground-out, and Michael Bond reached on an error before four of the next five Galax batters recorded base hits, including a two-run double by Luke Sawyer. The Maroon Tide’s nine hits were compounded by six Bland County errors. Cox finished the day a home run short of hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-3 with four runs scored. Bond and Travis Cockerham each had two hits and two RBIs, and Cockerham worked four strong innings to pick up the pitching win, striking out five and walking one.   Bland County........000  00–– 0    8   6 Galax....................203  9x––14  11  0

Lambert, Blessing (2), Blankenship (4) and Blessing, Lambert (2). Cockerham, Mazon (5) and Larrowe. WP – Cockerham. LP – Lambert. 3B – Cox (G). 2B – Cox, Bond, Sawyer (G).   Grayson County 14, Chilhowie 3: In Chilhowie, the Blue Devils (4-1) broke a 1-1 tie with 11 runs in the fourth, breezing to the five-inning nondistrict win over the Warriors (2-4). Jared Salts had a pair of run-scoring singles in the big inning, Jake Blizzard doubled in two runs, Spencer Roberts laced a two-run single while Johnny Warren and Dustin Leonard added RBI singles. Tyler Rutherford allowed three hits in a complete game effort. Salts went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, Warren drove in three and Blizzard had two doubles for Grayson County, which also took advantage of six Chilhowie fielding errors.   Grayson County........001  (11)3––14  9  3 Chilhowie..................010    0  2––  3  3   6   Rutherford and Rudy. Pote, Sheets (4), Blevins (4) and Powers. WP – Rutherford. LP – Pote. 2B – Blizzard (GC) 2.

GIRLS’ TENNIS Galax 9, George Wythe 0: The Maroon Tide gave up no more than four games in any one match, blanking the Maroons in a nondistrict match Wednesday in Wytheville. Marie Orton, Tayler Engelhardt, Carahline Stark, Katie Patton and Claire Engelhardt all won in singles for Galax, which picked up forfeit wins at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles . BOYS’ TENNIS George Wythe 6, Galax 3: The Maroons claimed five of the six singles matches and knocked off the Maroon Tide in a nondistrict match Wednesday at Felts Park. Dylan Taylor picked up Galax’s lone singles win by topping Will Bowers 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. He teamed with Josh Higgins for a win at No. 2 doubles, while Tyler Garman and Zack Marshall also won at doubles for Galax.