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MAX MEADOWS –– Having combined for 24 runs on 19 hits in just three innings, things seemingly got back to normal when Galax and Fort Chiswell totaled just one run over the next three frames.
Turns out that the two teams were just saving up for the big finish.
Alex Larrowe’s grand slam gave the Maroon Tide a 16-13 lead in the top of the seventh but the Pioneers hit for the cycle in the bottom half, including Josh Underwood’s two-run walk-off homer as Fort Chiswell took a wild 17-16 win over Galax in an MED slugfest Friday afternoon.
Tied at 12 after three complete, neither team scored again until Gabe Ayers singled to drive in Coleman Thomas for a 13-12 Fort Chiswell lead in the home sixth.
But Larrowe came to bat with one out in the top of the seventh and the bases loaded thanks to three walks, including a free pass to Travis Garvey. Larrowe drilled a 1-1 pitch over the fence for his first homer of the year and a three-run Galax lead.
But here came the Pioneers.
In succession, Fort got a single from Anthony Spencer, an RBI double from Dakota Hunter, an RBI triple from Cory Mabry and the game-winning round-tripper from Underwood.
Galax trailed 2-1 when it unloaded for eight runs in the top of the second on two hit batters, a walk, two errors and singles by Larrowe, Trevor Quesenberry, Garvey, Dante Ravenell and Luke Sawyer.
The lead evaporated as quickly as it appeared though as Fort posted back-to-back five-run innings, hitting three home runs in the second.
Fort Chiswell hit five out of the park on the day, two by Underwood, who had five RBIs. Thomas was 3-for-5 with three RBIs.
Five different Galax batters had at least two hits, led by Larrowe’s 3-for-4, five-RBI effort. Garvey drove in four on a pair of hits, including a three-run homer.
Grayson Co. 23, Bland Co. 1: Two home runs, two triples, a double and 18 runs normally translates into a pretty good afternoon. For the Blue Devils, it was a mighty big second inning as Grayson swamped the Bears in an MED game Friday in Independence.
Johnny Warren clubbed a three-run homer and Matthew Cornett had a two-run shot in the big inning, which included a three-run triple by Lucas Rudy and a two-run triple from Jared Salts.
The Blue Devils’ first 16 batters of the second inning reached safely.
Dustin Leonard was a home run short of the cycle in going 5-for-5 with eight total bases for Grayson County. Tyler Rutherford and Max Rodgers added two hits each.
Salts and Leonard tossed two innings each and Rodgers finished things off as Grayson limited the Bears to four singles.