Things looked bleak for the Cavaliers after the two-time defending Southwest District champions jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning. Carroll’s rally started innocently enough in the bottom of the fifth with Jarrod McCombs and Adam Crotts drawing walks. McCombs later crossed home plate on a passed ball to trim the Blue Tornado’s advantage to 8-3.
Carroll County (7-7, 3-3 SWD) got four runs back in the sixth. After an Alex Wood double and a Jordan Lamb walk, McCombs followed with an RBI single to cut the deficit to 8-4. With runners on second and third, Adam Crotts brought the Cavs back in a hurry, blasting a three-run homer to bring the Cavs to within 8-7.
With Carroll down to its final at bat in the seventh, David Reavis reached base after getting hit in the head with a pitch. After a sacrifice bunt by Blake Bowman, Tyler Reavis tied the game at 8-all with an RBI single to score David Reavis. Adam Nester then reached on a ground ball between first and second base. The grounder hit Tyler Reavis, however, resulting in the second out. Undaunted, Cox stepped up and ripped a walk-off single down the left field line to score Nester and complete the furious rally.
The win came one day after the Cavaliers rallied from a 5-0 deficit to top Grayson County 6-5 in Hillsville.
“The kids were behind both games and came back and won. That is very good for them,” Carroll County head coach Joe Tompkins said. “Especially against Richlands, we were down 8-2 and they could have quit, but they didn’t. They fought back and did a tremendous job.”
McCombs hit a solo home run for Carroll in the third. Bradley Strong and Taylor Sizemore both hit home runs for Richlands.
Richlands 006 020 0 — 8 11 1
Carroll 101 014 2 — 9 10 2
Ousley, Crotts (3), McCombs (7) and Cox (CC). Strong, McGee (6) and Elswick (R). 2B - Wood, D. Reavis (CC). HR - Strong, Sizemore (R); McCombs, Crotts (CC).
Carroll Co. 6,
Grayson Co. 5
Craig Rosen came up with the big hit at the plate and Adam Crotts made the play of the game in the field Thursday as Carroll County rallied for a 6-5 nondistrict victory over Grayson County in Hillsville.
Rosen’s two-run double put the Cavs ahead 6-5 in the sixth inning to give Carroll County its first lead of the game. Crotts made the lead hold up in the seventh with a rocket throw from left field. With two outs and Zack Hill on second base, Jake Blizzard ripped a single to left for an apparent game-tying base hit. Crotts had other ideas, however, firing a howitzer to catcher Alex Wood in time for the third out of the inning and final out of the game.
Craig Hash’s two-run double highlighted a three-run first inning for Grayson County. The Blue Devils pushed their lead to 5-0 with two more runs in the third. With the bases loaded and two outs, Carroll County brought in reliever Adam Nester, who got Jessup Lambert to pop up to first base to end the inning. It was Nester’s pitching that allowed the Cavaliers to come back as he only gave up one hit in 4.1 scoreless innings of relief.
Carroll’s offense got on the board in the bottom of the third as Brett Anauo led off the inning with a solo home run. Blake Bowman and Jarrod McCombs followed suit by reaching on errors before Matt Fink’s two-run single brought both runners home, cutting Grayson’s lead to 5-3.
The Cavs got a run closer in the fourth after Tyler Reavis belted a leadoff single. He later scored after Bowman reached on an error with two outs.
Down 5-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, Carroll finalized its comeback as Jordan Lamb led off with a pinch-hit single. Anauo later drew a one-out walk, prompting Carroll County head coach Joe Tompkins to insert Tyler Melton in as a pinch runner for more speed. The tactic worked as Rosen delivered in a pinch-hit role with the game-winning double to score both runs.
Nester struck out three and picked up the win in relief as the Cavaliers snapped a six-game losing streak.
Grayson 302 000 0 — 5 7 2
Carroll 003 102 x — 6 7 2
Bowen, Salts (6) and Hash (GC); Edwards, Nester (3) and Cox, Wood (6) (CC). 2B - DeBord, Pugh (GC); Rosen (CC). HR - Anauo (CC).
Graham 5, Carroll Co. 2
David Marrs went 3-for-3 with a home run and five RBIs to lead Graham past Carroll County 5-2 in a Southwest District contest in Hillsville on April 28.
Marrs got the G-Men off to a hot start, putting Graham up 2-0 with a two-run triple with one out. Marrs did it again in the third following Jake Miller and Matt Morgan singles with a three-run homer.
The Cavaliers trimmed Graham’s lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the second inning after David Reavis doubled and scored on Tyler Reavis’ RBI single to left field. Carroll cut it to 5-2 in the fifth after Craig Rosen ripped a one-out triple and then scored on Trevor Beamer’s RBI sac fly to center field. The Cavs stranded a pair of base runners in the sixth, however, and were put down in order in the seventh to end the game.
Graham’s Matt Morgan allowed two runs on five hits in a complete-game effort. Adam Crotts struck out 11 for Carroll in the loss.
Graham 203 000 0 — 5 6 3
Carroll 010 010 0 — 2 5 0
Matt Morgan and Taylor Gearhart. Crotts and Cox. 2B - D. Reavis (CC). 3B - Marrs (G), Rosen (CC). HR — Marrs (G).