Chad Crotts threw four scoreless innings of relief and Carroll County scored in every inning Thursday to defeat Floyd County 10-5 in a Three Rivers District game in Hillsville.
Carroll County (1-4, 1-1 Three Rivers District) trailed 5-2 heading into the bottom of the third inning, but scored the last eight runs to claim its first victory of the season. With the Cavalier bats blasting 11 hits, Crotts came on in relief in the fourth inning and shut the Buffaloes down the rest of the way. The right hander struck out four and walked one while giving up four hits to pick up the victory. Crotts kept Floyd County off-balance with a variety of curveballs and off-speed pitches.
“Chad is consistent. He can stay around the zone. He can throw a fastball, but he threw mostly a curveball that breaks probably about two feet. It starts at the batter in the middle of the plate and it just dives away. And he controls it so that is why he is effective that way,” Carroll County head coach Kevin DeHaven said. “He threw well after Kyle (Robinson) struggled, but Chad picked him up in relief. He came in and did it against Grayson County the first game here and he did the same thing. He kept us in the game and gave us a shot to win just like today.”
Robinson and Crotts both got plenty of run support. Dylan Rodrigue had a huge day for the Cavaliers, going 3-for-4 with three doubles, two RBI and two runs. Cole Montgomery was a perfect 3-for-3 with a pair of runs and two RBI, while Dustin Dalton went 2-for-3 with two runs. Jackson Hull also had two hits and a run to go along with one run batted in. Blake Stanley drove in two runs for the Cavaliers.
“We were finally able to get runners in scoring position and bunt them around, hit them around and actually get runs scored this time unlike we have been doing the last four games,” DeHaven said. “We scored the one run in bottom of first and Floyd swings the bats well. Good teams answer and they did. And it was back and forth there the first two or three innings and then we finally broke through with more than one run in an inning.”
The Cavaliers got off to a hot start, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning after manufacturing a run. Jackson Hull led off with a single and moved to second on Cole Montgomery’s sacrifice bunt. Hayden Farmer’s grounder moved Hull to third, who later scored when Dylan Rodrigue reached on an error.
Floyd tied the game in the top of the second, but two huge plays kept at least one run off the board. After the Buffaloes opened the frame with back-to-back singles, Blake Stanley made a great diving catch to run a ball down in center field. Later, after Floyd tied it, catcher Brant Davidson caught a runner off guard at third base to end the inning.
Carroll regained the lead in the second after Lance Rotenizer reached on an error and moved to second on Brandon Martin’s sac fly to center. Crotts later popped up a high foul past first base that was caught, but Rotenizer tagged up and the throw to third was off the mark, allowing Rotenizer to score for a 2-1 lead.
Floyd bounced back with four runs in the top of the third to take a 5-2 lead, but it was all Cavaliers after that. Montgomery sparked the Cavs in the bottom half of the third with a one-out single. After Hayden Farmer was hit by a pitch, Rodrigue doubled to center to score Montgomery. Blake Stanley’s hard shot through the shortstop’s legs drove in Farmer and Rodrigue to tie the game at 5-all.
Carroll took the lead for good in the fourth. Dalton opened the inning with a single to left field and then took second on a sacrifice bunt by Hull. Montgomery followed with an RBI single to right to score Dalton, and Rodrigue’s double through the gap plated Montgomery for a 7-5 Cavalier advantage.
In the fifth, Carroll added two more runs after Crotts reached base on a dropped third strike with two outs. With the inning extended, Dalton singled up the middle before Hull and Montgomery tagged back-to-back RBI singles for a 9-5 Cavalier lead. Rodrigue doubled past shortstop in the sixth and later scored on Rotenizer’s RBI groundout to wrap up scoring for the contest.
For Carroll, it was a huge breakthrough win after losing the first four games of the year by a grand total of seven runs.
“The kids have worked hard for us and they have been doing what we want them to do in practice,” DeHaven said. “It’s just some kids have hit it right on the button and hit it right to people. Today a lot of those just found some holes.”
Floyd 014 000 0 – 5 8 4
Carroll 113 221 x – 10 11 2
Landreth, Chaffin (6) and Yates (FC); Robinson, Crotts (4) and Davidson (CC). WP – Crotts. LP – Landreth. 2B – Rodrigue 3 (CC).
Glenvar 3, Carroll Co. 1
Hunter Phlegar ripped a three-run home run and Ryan Butler pitched four innings of one-hit baseball as Glenvar defeated Carroll County 3-1 April 3 in a Three Rivers District contest in Roanoke.
After the first two Glenvar batters reached base in the bottom of the first inning, Phlegar followed with a three-run dinger to left field. The three runs were all the Highlanders needed as Butler and Cody Alexander combined to throw a three-hitter. Butler struck out five and allowed just one hit and one walk in four innings. Alexander came on to relieve in the fifth and gave up two hits and a run while striking out three.
Carroll got on the board in the sixth inning. Hayden Farmer drew a leadoff walk and Dylan Rodrigue moved him to third base with a double to left field. Jacob Breen then popped up to left, but the fly ball was deep enough to score Farmer. Leading 3-1 with Rodrigue in scoring position, Alexander retired the next two batters to get out of the jam.
Blake Stanley doubled for Carroll in the first inning. Jackson Hull and Rodrigue also had hits for the Cavaliers.
Carroll 000 001 0 – 1 3 1
Glenvar 300 000 x – 3 6 2
Hull, Breen (5) and Crotts (CC); Butler, Alexander (5) and Adams (G). WP – Butler. LP – Hull. 2B – Stanley, Rodrigue (CC); Adams, Phlegar (G). HR – Phlegar (G).
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