Carroll softball earns top seed in conference playoffs

May 27, 2014

Gracie Davidson hurled a two-hit shutout Thursday as Carroll County defeated Patrick Henry 2-0 in a River Ridge District game in Roanoke.

Davidson struck out three, while allowing just two hits and three walks to earn the win. Carroll County (13-8, 8-5 River Ridge) only managed four hits, but took a 1-0 lead in the third inning as Gracie Lindsey’s two-out single scored Syndey Childress.

Childress scored Carroll’s other run in the seventh after reaching on an error. She moved up on a Kayla Walker sacrifice bunt and took third on a Hannah Dalton grounder before crossing home plate on a wild pitch.

With the win, Carroll earned the top seed in the Conference 24 playoffs and defeated William Fleming 21-0 on May 26. The Cavs will now host a conference semifinal Wednesday against Jefferson Forest at 5 p.m. in Hillsville.

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Davidson and Lindsey (CC); Eichelberger and Dill (PH). WP – Davidson. LP – Eichelberger. 2B – Durnil (CC).

Grayson Co. 7, Carroll Co. 6

Grayson County scored a run in the top of the seventh inning Friday to force extra innings and scored again in the eighth to rally for a 7-6 victory over Carroll County in Hillsville.

The Cavaliers put together a late rally of their own to take the late lead. Trailing 5-2, Carroll pushed four runs across home plate in the bottom of the sixth to claim a 6-5 lead. Eustacia Smith led the inning off with a single and Syndey Childress walked. Hannah Dalton and Eden Durnil followed with RBI singles to cut the deficit to 5-4. With two outs, Gracie Davidson tagged a two-run single to left to put Carroll in front 6-5.

The Blue Devils tied it in the seventh, however, after Rachel Burris singled, Karley Morris was hit by a pitch and Nikki Lundy walked. Down to their last out, Grayson stayed alive when Haley Lawrence smacked an RBI single. Carroll went down in order in the bottom half of the frame, forcing extra innings.

The Blue Devils struck again with two outs in the eighth as Grace Circle and Kara Moore singled and Circle scored the go-ahead run on an error.

Grayson took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and extended it to 5-2 with runs in the fifth and sixth. The Cavs got two runs back in the third. Kayla Walker and Gracie Lindsey singled before Gracie Davidson put Carroll on the board with a run-scoring single. Tiffanie Moore also added an RBI single to trim the Grayson lead to 3-2.

Brady Cassell went 3-for-5 with an RBI to pace Grayson. Davidson drove in three runs in a 2-for-4 outing for Carroll. Hannah Dalton went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Smith was 2-for-4 with a run.

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Callahan, Halsey (3) and Cassell (GC); Durnil and Lindsey (CC). WP – Halsey. LP – Durnil. 2B – C. Circle (GC).

Cave Spring 3, Carroll Co. 1

Carroll County got out of a pair of bases loaded jams in the first two innings May 20, but Cave Spring scored two runs in the final frame to rally for a 3-1 River Ridge District win in Hillsville.

Cave Spring (18-1, 13-0 River Ridge) had only allowed three total runs in their eight games since Carroll scored nine in a 12-9 loss to the Knights on April 14. And the Cavs struck again early this time on Senior Day, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

Tiffanie Moore led the inning off with a single, then moved up when Eustacia Smith walked and Kayla Walker reached on a base knock. With the bases loaded, Hannah Dalton took one for the team, getting hit by a pitch to score the go ahead run.

But after leaving the bases loaded in each of the first two innings, Cave Spring broke through in the third as Pami White ripped a two-out double and scored on Hailey Sitze’s single to tie the game at 1-all. The score stayed that way until the Knights plated two runs in the top of the seventh. Abby Beatty reached on a leadoff single and later crossed home plate on Kylie Kent’s RBI double to left center. White gave Cave Spring a 3-1 advantage with an RBI single to right.

Carroll had its chances in the bottom half of the inning after Durnil opened the frame with a single to center. She moved up to third when Cheyenne Strickland reached base on a two-out error. But Cave Spring’s Taylor Asimakapoulos got the next batter to fly out to center field to end the game.

Asimakapoulos struck out three and walked just two, while scattering eight hits to allow just one run in the win. Moore and Walker both had two hits each to lead the Cavaliers. Beatty went 3-for-4 with a run to pace the Knights, while White finished 2-for-2 with an RBI.

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Asimakapoulos and White (CS); Durnil, Lindsey (4), Davidson (4) and Lindsey (CC). WP – Asimakapoulos. LP – Davidson. 2B – Beatty, Kent, White (CS); Walker (CC).

Floyd Co. 8, Carroll Co. 2

Christine Phillips allowed just five hits in a complete-game victory and tripled at the plate May 19 to lead Floyd County past visiting Carroll 8-2.

The Cavaliers did not get a hit until Gracie Lindsey led off the fourth inning with a single. She provided Carroll’s only scoring in the sixth inning with a two-run home run to score Eden Durnil. Durnil led the inning off with a single.

Floyd took the lead for good in the first on Riley Underwood’s RBI single. The Buffaloes added four more runs in the second, highlighted by Amanda Whitlock’s two-run double and Aimee Royal’s run-scoring single. Floyd used back-to-back doubles from Kristen Mills and Karlee Pendleton to plate another run in the third. Phillips then tripled to lead off the fifth and scored on Mill’s single.

Phillips struck out five and walked two while allowing just five hits. Lindsey went 2-for-3 with a run and 2 RBIs to lead Carroll, while Durnil, Eustacia Smith and Kayla Walker each had a hit for the Cavs.

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Davidson, Dalton (5) and Lindsey (CC); Phillips and Whitlock. WP – Phillips. LP – Davidson. 2B – Whitlock, Mills, Pendleton (FC). 3B – Phillips (FC). HR – Lindsey (CC).