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High School

  • Cavaliers breeze past Tide 4-1

    Taylor Spangler hit a two-run home run in the first inning last Thursday to stake Carroll County to an early lead against Galax and the Cavaliers never trailed as they defeated the Maroon Tide 4-1 in a nondistrict softball game at Mountain View Park.

    The Cavaliers came into the game with a 5-2 record, fresh off of a one-hit 3-0 shutout victory over Alleghany last Wednesday, while the Maroon Tide had a 6-2 record.

    Both teams had their ace pitchers in the circle, Emily Cook for Carroll County and Hayden Cassell for the Maroon Tide, and both played a strong game.

  • Grayson, Cavaliers stay hot

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County won Friday for the fifth time in as many games, overpowering Rural Retreat 14-0 in a Mountain Empire District game at the Grayson Rec Park.

    The Blue Devils (8-3 overall, 3-2 district) opened with a seven-run first inning and cruised from there to a five-inning run-rule victory.

    Grayson scored five runs by the time the initial out was recorded in the first, beginning with back-to-back two-run base hits by Jake Hollingsworth and Cal Campbell. Chris Meredith capped the big start with a two-run triple to right.

  • Grayson bashes in two wins

    INDEPENDENCE –– Two huge innings translated into one short softball game Wednesday afternoon as Grayson County hammered Marion 11-0 in a five-inning nondistrict game at the Grayson Rec. Park.

  • Galax continues assault on MED

    RURAL RETREAT –– Galax remained undefeated in MED baseball action by rolling over Rural Retreat 19-2 in five innings Wednesday.

    The Maroon Tide (7-2, 5-0) took command early with a four-run top of the first, adding nine more runs in the second. Two runs scored on a Rural Retreat error, which was followed by RBI hits from Kolby Barnes and Joseph Berry.

  • Galax lineman headed to Ferrum

    Ferrum College wants Christian Brown. But only if his high school coach is willing to let go of him.

    A four-year starting lineman for Mark Dixon at Galax, Brown signed a letter of intent Thursday to play football for the Panthers. Dixon is obviously thrilled for Brown but will regret seeing him leave.

  • Stuart inks with Highland Cavaliers

    Jacob Stuart missed a season of baseball following his sophomore year due to medical reasons but was granted an extra year of eligibility be the Virginia High School League. He learned something about himself in that down year that most baseball players don’t realize until they hang up the spikes for good.

    “It made me realize how much I missed baseball,” he said.

    If all goes as planned, he won’t have to miss the game for at least another four years.

  • Double-digit innings power Tide, Devils

    Three area baseball and softball teams put double-figure run totals on the board Tuesday and all four teams in action that day scored run-rule wins.

    At Felts Park, the Maroon Tide hung a dozen runs on Bland County in the second inning of a 25-1 MED win. Tied 1-1 entering the bottom of the second, Galax trotted 18 batters to the plate and scored 12 runs on eight walks, four hits and three Bland errors.

  • Galax nips Maroons 1-0

    Any way on, any way in. Whatever works.

    Galax used a walk, an error, a wild pitch and a dropped third strike to score the game’s only run, and Jacob Stuart twirled a complete-game one-hitter Tuesday as the Maroon Tide slipped past George Wythe 1-0 in a Mountain Empire District game at Felts Park.

  • Grayson rallies past Tide

    Grayson County used a five-run fourth inning to overcome a three-run deficit and the Blue Devils held on to slip past Galax 8-7 in a Mountain Empire District game Wednesday at Mountain View Park.

    Grayson County (3-3) trailed 6-3 when a fly ball to center by No. 9 hitter Aaliyah Phipps carried just over the fence for a solo home run. A Dez Choate single and three walks pushed a run across to cut the gap to 6-5, and Shalee Choate tied the game when she scored on a wild pitch. An RBI ground out and a run-scoring single by Hylea Underwood nudged the Blue Devils in front 8-6.

  • Carroll bats come to life for first win

    HILLSVILLE –– After opening the season with four close losses, Carroll County broke loose offensively Thursday and picked up its first win of the year, knocking off Floyd County 10-5 in a Three Rivers District game at Bill Worrell Field.

    The Cavaliers (1-4 overall, 1-1 district) had dropped three two-run decisions and a one-run loss but rallied from a 5-2 deficit to break into the win column Thursday.