Tide fades, Devils pass Glenvar

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Softball: Chilhowie overcomes 3-0 Galax start; Grayson 6-run 6th does in Glenvar.

By The Gazette

Galax got off to a hot start but squandered its advantage with some shaky defense and dropped a 19-6 decision to Chilhowie in a soggy nondistrict game Monday at Mountain View Park.

Kylee Hill scored from first on a hit-and-run double off the bat of Brittany Byrd for a 1-0 Galax lead in the first, and the Maroon Tide widened its lead to 3-0 in the second when Abby Dalton singled to drive in Morgan Neff and later scored on an error.

Chilhowie drew even in the top of the third on a combination of three Galax errors and a two-run home run by Jensen Sturgill.

Chilhowie pulled out to a 9-3 lead with six runs in the top of the fourth, keyed by Emily Smarr’s two-run single.

The Maroon Tide (4-7) closed to within 9-6 in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk and a two-run Stacy Shumate single, but Chilhowie tacked on four runs in the fifth and ended the game early with six runs in the sixth.

Byrd had three hits while Neff and Dalton added two hits each for Galax, which committed 11 errors.

Smarr was 2-for-5 with four RBIs for Chilhowie.


Chilhowie......003  646––19  10  2

Galax.............120  300–– 6  10  11

Compton and Murphy. Garvey and Cassell. W – Compton. L – Garvey. HR – Sturgill (C) 3rd, one on. 2B – Luttrell (C), Byrd (Gx).


Grayson County 7, Glenvar 4: The Blue Devils rallied from a 3-1 deficit with a six-run outburst in the sixth inning and claimed a nonconference win over the Highlanders Monday in Independence.

Claire Circle doubled and later scored on an error to pull Grayson County (3-2) to within 3-2, and Grace Circle blasted a two-run home run to center, putting the Blue Devils into the lead for good.

A bases-loaded single to right field by Chelsie Callahan resulted in all three runners scoring for a 7-3 Grayson County advantage.

Callahan, Grace Circle and Rachel Burris had two hits apiece for the Blue Devils, with Callahan and Circle driving in two runs each.

Autumn Halsey pitched all seven innings for Grayson, allowing two earned runs and striking out 10.


Glenvar....................003  000  1––4  5  3

Grayson County......010  006  x––7  9  2

Wright, Ward (6), Wright (r.e. 6) and Smith. Halsey and Cassell. W – Halsey. L – Ward. HR – G.Circle (GC) 6th, one on; Herron (Gl) 7th, none on. 2B – C.Circle, Cassell (GC). SB – Burris 3.


Cave Spring 12, Carroll County 9: The Knights cranked four home runs in the bottom of the first to bounce back from a 4-0 deficit, then held on to take the River Ridge District win Monday in Roanoke.

Taylor Asimakopoulos, Abby Beatty, Pami White and Cassi Parulis all went yard for Cave Spring in the first.

Eden Durnil homered and went 3-for-5 for Carroll County and Eustacia Smith had a pair of Cavalier hits. Parulis was 4-for-4 for Cave Spring.


Grayson County 17, Fort Chiswell 2: The Blue Devils erupted for 13 runs in the bottom of the third to break open what had been a 3-2 ballgame, rolling to the Mountain Empire District win Friday in Independence.

Grayson County sent 17 batters to the plate in the third, rapping seven hits and taking advantage of five Fort Chiswell errors to build a 14-run lead.

Brady Cassell had three hits and two RBIs for Grayson County. Rachel Burris had a pair of doubles while Autumn Halsey and Grace Circle added two hits each.