Long journey leads to short stay for Carroll

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By The Gazette

MINERAL –– Carroll County couldn’t sustain its hot start and saw its season come to a close with a 10-2 loss to Louisa County in the Region 4A North softball semifinals Monday.

After two quick outs to start the game, Gracie Davidson singled to keep the inning alive and Cheyenne Strickland spotted the Cavaliers an early 2-0 lead with a two-run home run to left-center.

But that would be it for Carroll County, despite mounting several scoring opportunities. The Cavaliers left eight runners stranded the rest of the way, including five in scoring position. On three separate occasions Carroll County had a runner as far as second base with less than two outs, including a second-and-third situation in the top of the fifth, but couldn’t come up with the key hit against Louisa County pitcher Katie Harlow. Carroll was 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position against Harlow, who allowed five hits and struck out two while walking four.

Meanwhile, the Lions jumped into a 5-2 lead after two innings, including a three-run first. Harlow and Taylor Robinson each had an RBI double in the bottom of the first and another run scored on a Cavalier error.

A sacrifice fly and Harlow’s second straight RBI double widened the lead to three runs by the end of the second inning.

Louisa County took all doubt out of the outcome in the bottom of the fifth, pushing five runs across on a walk, two errors and just one hit.

Davidson had two of Carroll County’s five hits while Harlow was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Lions.



Carroll County......200  000  0––  2  5  3

Louisa County......320  005  x––10  6  0

Davidson, Durnil (4), Dalton (6) and Lindsey. Harlow and Cromer. W – Harlow. L – Davidson. HR – Strickland (CC), 1st, one on. 2B – Robinson, Harlow 2 (LC).