Emily Cook drove in a pair of runs and Sydney Nester struck out 14 in a three-hit shutout April 12 as Carroll County defeated Hidden Valley 4-0 in a River Ridge District softball game in Hillsville.
With Nester putting together another masterpiece on the mound, Cook provided all the offense the Cavaliers would need in the first inning. After Kyndall Hiatt and Alexis Meredith both reached on errors, Cook hit a deep sacrifice fly to left field that scored Hiatt for the go-ahead run.
The score stayed 1-0 until the fourth when Jena Alley singled and Jeannie Utt walked, paving the way for Chloe Easter’s RBI double to center that drove in courtesy runner Kayleigh Webb. Carroll County (7-0, 5-0 River Ridge District) added two more runs in the sixth inning. After Hiatt and Meredith both singled, Cook struck again with a run-scoring single. Katie McKenzie’s single to center also drove in a run to provide the final 4-0 margin.
Nester struck out 14 and walked two in a three-hitter on the mound and she also went 2-for-3 at the plate. Hiatt scored a pair of runs for Carroll, while Cook went 1-for-2 with 2 RBIs. McKenzie and Easter also drove in a run each for the victorious Cavaliers.
H. Valley 000 000 0 – 0 3 2
Carroll 100 102 x – 4 9 0
Nelson and Cook (HV): Nester and Hiatt (CC). WP – Nester. LP – Nelson. 2B – Parker (HV); Nester, Easter (CC).
Carroll Co. 7, Blacksburg 2
Emily Cook and Sydney Nester hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning to give Carroll County some breathing room in a 7-2 River Ridge District win Thursday at Blacksburg.
With the Cavs leading 4-2 after six innings, Cook opened the top of the seventh inning with a leadoff homer to center field. Nester took her turn on the very next at bat, hammering a Blacksburg offering over the center field fence for back-to-back solo jacks. Carroll added one more run in the seventh inning when Kyndall Hiatt walked with the bases loaded.
The Cavaliers found themselves in a dogfight early as the Bruins scored a pair of unearned runs in the third inning. Carroll got on the board first with a run in the first inning. Hiatt walked and took second on an Alexis Meredith sacrifice. Hiatt took third when Cook reached on an error and later scored on a passed ball.
The Cavs made it 2-0 in the second after Chasity Tompkins belted a one-out single and came around the horn on Hiatt’s RBI double to left center. Carroll went ahead 4-0 in the top of the third after singles by Cook and Laken Crockett. Katie McKenzie drove in one of the runs with a double to left and Tompkins brought in the other with a run-scoring single to right field.
Blacksburg did all its damage with two outs in the bottom of the third. Emily Fugate started it with a two-out double to left center. She scored when Brooke Anderson reached on an error, and the Bruins added another run after three straight walks, the last with the bases loaded, to trim Carroll’s lead to 4-2.
Nester struck out 11 for Carroll and walked six in the win. She also gave up two hits and a pair of unearned runs. Cook went 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs and an RBI to lead Carroll. Hiatt went 1-for-3 with a run and 2 RBIs for the Cavaliers. Crockett, McKenzie and Tompkins each had two hits and scored a run.
Carroll Co. 112 000 3 – 7 12 3
Blacksburg 002 000 0 – 2 2 1
Nester and Hiatt (CC); Mann and Anderson (B). WP – Nester. LP – Mann. 2B – Hiatt, McKenzie (CC); Fugate (B). HR – Nester, Cook (CC).
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