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Galax won a nine-inning thriller but the Pioneers answered with an 8-2 win Wednesday.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

 

It wasn’t your every-day double-header. Not even a same-day twinbill.

Twenty-four hours after taking a dramatic nine-inning win over Fort Chiswell on the road, Galax returned to Mountain View Park and gave back an 8-2 decision to the Pioneers as the two teams split a pair of Mountain Empire District softball games Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Maroon Tide came out of the gates as if it has just gotten through with a nine-inning ordeal, giving up four runs on two hits and two errors in the top of the first inning. 

A walk and singles by Erin Blair and Kelly Thomas put Fort Chiswell in front to stay, and back-to-back misplays on the infield allowed three more runs to cross for a 4-0 Fort Chiswell lead.

It was as close as Galax would be the rest of the afternoon.

Thomas tripled and scored on Megan Delby’s ground-out in the top of the third, and Fort Chiswell pushed two more runs across in the fourth, both scoring on a sacrifice bunt by Claire Glasscock that resulted in an errant throw.

Galax’s fourth defensive miscue of the day kept the inning alive for another run-scoring Glasscock sacrifice bunt in the top of the sixth for an 8-0 Fort Chiswell lead.

Galax got on the board in its final turn at bat. Channing Russell led off the home half of the seventh by reaching on an error and Drew Cardwell lashed a sharp single into left. After back-to-back strikeouts, Haley Reynolds looped a single over the outstretched glove of Fort second baseman Blair, driving both runs in for the final margin.

The Maroon Tide’s No. 2 pitcher, Reynolds had perhaps her best outing of the year, despite the outcome. Only two of the eight runs charged to Reynolds were of the earned variety, and the young right-hander struck out 11 while walking just one, giving up just six hits. She also accounted for two of the Maroon Tide’s four hits on the day.

Amber Chrisley earned the win in the circle for the Pioneers, giving up no earned runs on four hits, fanning eight.

The outcome was a disappointing follow-up to an excellent game played by both teams just a day earlier. Neither team managed a run for eight innings until Galax pushed four across in the top of the ninth to take a 4-1 win.

Fort Chiswell had a golden opportunity in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases with just one out. Kristen Osborne fielded a Taylor Mooney grounder and got a force-out at the plate, and Kaitlin Porter tracked down a Chrisley fly ball to center to end the threat. 

Kristen McMickle had perhaps the play of the day in the bottom of the sixth. With Erin Blair on third, McMickle snagged a Kelly Thomas fly ball and turned it into an inning-ending double play by throwing out Blair at the plate.

After eight fruitless innings, Galax finally got to Chrisley in the top of the ninth. Cardwell and Harley Brewer were on via a single and a fielder’s choice when Grace Wilson smacked an RBI single for the first run scored by either team. Jill Bartlett followed with a two-run triple, and Bartlett would scoot home on a wild pitch for a 4-0 Galax lead.

Thomas drove in Blair with a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth before a strikeout and a pop-out ended the marathon.

Wilson carried a no-hitter into the fifth for Galax and allowed just two hits on the day in working the complete-game win. She struck out seven and walked three.

 

Fort Chiswell 8, Galax 2

Fort Chiswell........401  201  0––8  6  2

Galax...................000  000  2––2  4  4

 

Chrisley and Thomas. Reynolds and Brewer. WP – Chrisley. LP – Reynolds. 3B – Thomas (FC).

 

 

Galax 4, Fort Chiswell 1

9 innings

Galax.................000  000  004––4  5  3

Fort Chiswell......000  000  001––1  2  0

 

G.Wilson and Brewer. Chrisley and Thomas. WP – Wilson. LP – Chrisley. 3B – Bartlett (G). 2B – G.Wilson (G).