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High School

  • Softball title hopes vanish in 10th

     HILLSVILLE –– Taylor Creasy’s two-out, two-run home run in the top of the 10th inning lifted Tazewell to a 7-5 Southwest District win Thursday and extinguished Carroll County’s district title hopes.

    Carroll County (12-3 overall, 7-2 district) trailed 5-1 in the middle of the fourth before beginning to chip away, starting with an RBI triple by Jordan Nunn in the fourth.

  • Carroll County bounces back

    HILLSVILLE –– After a day like Thursday, a day like Friday couldn’t have come soon enough.

    Twenty-four hours after a discouraging 10-run loss at Richlands, Carroll County bounced back offensively in a big way, pounding out seven extra-base hits, including three home runs, in a 15-2 win over Marion at Bill Worrell Field.

    The game was halted after five on the 10-run rule.

  • Cavaliers pull out 11-10 win to salvage split with Floyd County

    FLOYD –– Carroll County and Floyd County split a double header Thursday as two vastly different games resulted in two equally tight finishes.
    The two teams combined for two hits in the opener as Floyd took a 2-0 win. Kat Mills broke a scoreless tie with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the fourth for the Buffaloes. Amber Ingram was then hit by a pitch and eventually scored on Courtney Huff’s sacrifice fly.
    Ingram handed the Cavaliers just their second defeat of the season by tossing a one-hitter with six strikeouts.

  • Maroon Tide jumps on Pioneers

    With the visitors’ team bus arriving late, the Galax-Fort Chiswell soccer double header Thursday night was nearly an hour late in getting under way.
    Galax got it going early nonetheless.
    The Maroon Tide girls needed but four minutes to find the goal in their 3-1 win, while the Galax boys scored in less than a half minute and rolled to a 7-1 win as the Tide swept the Mountain Empire District twin bill.

  • Grayson pulls away from Tide as Eller tosses one-hitter

     INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a close game and take an 8-0 win over Galax in a Mountain Empire District softball game Tuesday at the Grayson County Rec. Park.

    Leading 3-0 after five innings, the Blue Devils got back-to-back RBI doubles from Natasha Moore and Catherine Vaughan. Sarah Eller later stroked a three-run double for the final margin.

  • Cavaliers notch big Southwest softball win

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County took an early lead and held on for a 3-1 win over Abingdon in a key Southwest District softball game Tuesday.

    Abingdon (7-2 overall, 3-1 district) returns five starters from the team that lost in extra innings in last year’s Group AA state title game, but the Cavaliers (8-1, 4-1) held the Falcons scoreless through five innings while building a 3-0 lead.

  • Tide’s Wilson baffles Bland Co.

    Grace Wilson flirted with perfection before settling for an 8-3 win in a Mountain Empire District softball game Tuesday at Mountain View Park.

    Wilson did not allow a Bland County batter to reach base through the first five innings but lost the perfect game and the no-hitter when Lindsey Hylton led off the sixth with a single.

    Galax led 8-0 at that point thanks to a quick start, taking an early lead on a two-run error in the first inning. Haley Reynolds added a two-run double in the second and scored on Harley Brewer’s double as the lead grew to 6-0.

  • Shaky D ruins MED opener

    Galax’s late-game offensive fireworks weren’t enough to overcome its early-game defensive implosion.

    In a key early game between Mountain Empire District title hopefuls, the Maroon Tide committed seven errors in the first two innings, fell behind Fort Chiswell by nine runs in the fifth inning and rallied back to within reach before taking an 11-8 loss Tuesday at Felts Park.

  • Carroll County 7-0 after sweeping Golden Wave

     GRUNDY –– Carroll County ran its season-opening win streak to seven games Thursday with a pair of easy wins over Grundy, sweeping a Southwest District double header 13-0 and 17-1.

  • Chilhowie surges past Maroon Tide

    There seems to be a pattern forming here.

    With Galax and Chilhowie having played one another in baseball for the past four years, Thursday marked the third time in the series that the winning run scored on a bases-loaded hit batsman.

    This time the painful RBI came in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Warriors rallied for a wild 11-10 win over the Maroon Tide in a nondistrict game at Felts Park.