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Tide pulls away for win; Devils win 21-0

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BASEBALL

By The Gazette

NARROWS –– Galax broke open a one-run game with seven runs over the final three innings, pulling away from Narrows 13-5 in a Mountain Empire District game Wednesday.

The Green Wave had just scored to pull to within 6-5 entering the fifth but Galax began distancing itself at that point, starting with a two-run Chase Garvey double for an 8-5 Tide lead. Garvey scored on Stew Merdian’s base hit to widen the gap to 9-5.

Austin Lumpkin singled to drive in a pair of runs in a four-run Galax seventh.

Bryant Cox and Alex Zipprich singled in runs in the top of the first, and the Maroon Tide scored a pair of runs on an error in the second, one of eight Green Wave defensive miscues.

Narrows twice closed to within a run of the Maroon Tide, but Cox was able to keep the Tide in front. Cox pitched 5 2/3 innings of relief, holding Narrows to one unearned run on two hits, striking out five.

The Green Wave managed just three hits off of three Galax pitchers.

Cox also led the Maroon Tide offensively, going 3-for-4. Zipprich and Caleb Spurlin added two hits each.

Grayson County 21, Bland County 0: The Blue Devils strung together 12 hits to score 10 runs in the second inning and went on to pound the Bears in five innings Tuesday in Independence.

Grayson County had 22 hits for the game, led by Will Circle, who went 4-for-4 with two doubles, driving in six runs. Ty Cannaday was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Luke Wilson went 3-for-4 and drove in two.

Koby Hill and Micah Cornett teamed up to hold the Bears hitless, Hill working the first three innings to record the win. Both Hill and Cornett struck out four and walked one.

Fort Chiswell 9, Galax 4: The Pioneers matched Galax’s four-run first inning with four of their own in the home half, then gradually pulled away for the Mountain Empire District win Tuesday in Max Meadows.

Bryant Cox slugged a three-run home run as the Maroon Tide (5-9) jumped on Fort for a quick 4-0 lead, but the Pioneers scored four runs on one hit, three walks and a pair of errors to square the score after one inning of play.

Fort Chiswell took the lead for good on a double steal in the third, then tacked on two runs in each the fourth and sixth innings.

Galax scored its final run in the top of the sixth when Alex Zipprich singled and later scored on Caleb Spurlin’s sacrifice fly.

Fort Chiswell managed its nine runs on just four hits, two of them by Bryson Booher, taking advantage of six walks and five Galax errors.

Blacksburg 15, Carroll County 3: The Bruins picked up strength as the afternoon wore on, scoring 11 runs over the final three innings and running away from the Cavaliers in a River Ridge District game Tuesday at Bill Worrell Field.

Ethan Webb spotted Carroll County (3-9) a 2-1 lead with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, and the Cavaliers upped their lead to 3-1 in the second on an RBI single by Bronson Bowman.

Blacksburg (9-4) tied the game in the bottom of the third with solo home runs from Adam Linkous and Tyler Barry, then took the lead when two errors brought in a run in the fourth.

Jake Schermer had a two-run single in the fifth, Linkous added an RBI triple and later scored in the sixth and the Bruins tacked on seven runs in the top of the seventh on seven hits, including a two-run homer by Barry.

Linkous, Barry, Tyler Davis and John Hinson each collected three hits as the Bruins racked up 19 hits on the day. Linkous and Barry drove in three runs each.

Reece Edwards was 2-for-3 for Carroll County.