Sydney Nester set a school record with 19 strikeouts March 29 as Carroll County broke a scoreless tie with six runs in the eighth inning to win 6-0 at Floyd County.
While Nester kept the Buffaloes at bay, allowing just four hits and walking none, Floyd pitchers Ashely Gallimore and Rebekah Turman shut out the Cavaliers for the first seven innings. Kyndall Hiatt led off the game with a single for Carroll County (4-0), but the Cavs did not get another hit until the top of the seventh.
Carroll loaded the bases in the first inning and had two runners on base after a walk and an error in the second. But the Cavaliers couldn’t score either time. Floyd pitchers then retired 13 straight Carroll hitters until the top of the seventh. Kayla Robinson led off the inning with a pinch-hit single. With one out, Katie McKenzie also singled. The Cavs loaded the bases on a Hiatt walk, but Turman coaxed a groundout to second base to end the inning.
After dominating on the mound, Nester got things going at the plate with a leadoff single to start the eighth. Jeannie Utt followed with a single and Caitlin Horton broke the scoreless tie with a single that plated Nester. Laken Crockett reached on an error to score another run. After McKenzie reached on a base knock, Jena Alley’s fielder’s choice scored Crockett for a 3-0 lead. Gracie Davidson walked with the bases loaded to score another run before Nester capped the big inning with a two-run double.
Nester dominated on the mound, scattering four hits over eight innings. She didn’t allow more than one runner to reach base in any inning. She whiffed 10 of 12 batters in a span from the third to sixth innings and she never reached a three-ball count on any batter.
Nester also went 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs to lead the Cavs at the plate, while McKenzie was 2-for-4 and scored a run.
Carroll 000 000 06 – 6 8 2
Floyd 000 000 00 – 0 4 2
Nester and Horton (CC); Gallimore, Turman (5), Phillips (8) and Conner (FC). WP – Nester. LP – Turman. 2B – Nester (CC).