Jordan Nunn’s two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning lifted Carroll County to a hard-fought 3-2 victory Thursday over Pulaski County in Hillsville.
With the game tied at 1-all in the fifth, pinch-hitter Carlie Stilwell walked with two outs and Lillie Kimble followed with a single for the Cavaliers. Nunn then drove in two runs with a single to put Carroll County (8-2) ahead 3-1.
Pulaski added a run in the top of the sixth with a solo home run, but Kimble kept the Cougars at bay the rest of the way. She scattered seven hits, but struck out seven and walked none to pick up the victory.
The Cavs struck first in the bottom of the third as Lexi Hodge walked and scored on a Kimble double to left field for a 1-0 lead. Pulaski tied the game in the top of the fifth on Jordan Chrisley’s RBI double. She was later thrown out at home plate by Hodge from center field to end the inning, however.
“We are playing hard and surviving some tough games. Our defense has been outstanding,” Carroll County head coach Mark Harmon said of the Cavaliers’ 8-2 start. “We’ve had a couple of errors but our defense is much improved. We didn’t get many hits, but I thought we faced a couple of outstanding pitchers against Floyd and Pulaski.”
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Smith and Chrisley (PC). Kimble and Nunn (CC). WP – Kimble. LP – Smith. 2B – Kimble (CC); Chrisley (PC). HR – Wright (PC).
Floyd Co. 3, Carroll Co. 2
Amanda Whitlow’s RBI single in the eighth inning lifted Floyd County to a 3-2 victory over Carroll County in extra innings April 2 in Floyd.
Jenna Pendleton’s solo home run in the fourth inning tied the game at 2-all. That score held up until the eighth inning when both teams started the extra frame with a runner on second base per international softball rules for extra innings. Whitlow, who finished 3-for-4, then delivered the game-winning hit for the Buffaloes.
Carroll took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Autumn Hill doubled and scored on an RBI double by Ragan Halsey. Floyd tied the game at 1-all in the bottom half of the inning on an error.
Carroll briefly retook the lead in the top of the fourth when Jordan Nunn ripped a leadoff double and scored on an error. Floyd then tied the game in the bottom half of the inning on Pendleton’s solo homer.
Carroll managed two runs despite having just three hits. Halsey had a one hit and two RBIs for Carroll, while Nunn and Hill both doubled.
“We had three hits in 25 at bats. I thought the Floyd pitcher threw an outstanding game and they played good defense. It was a tough loss,” Harmon said. “Floyd is a great team and Floyd at their place is pretty tough anyway, but I credit our kids. They battled. We’ve had a number of close games and we’ve battled and fought in every game we’ve played in.”
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Kimble and Nunn (CC); Phillips and Whitlow (CC). WP – Phillips. LP – Kimble. 2B – Halsey, Hill, Nunn (CC); K. Pendleton, Whitlow (FC). HR - J. Pendleton (FC).