Cavs top Radford, Galax in baseball

By Allen Worrell -

Carroll County scored five runs in the third inning Friday to rally past Radford 9-5 for a Three Rivers District victory at Radford.

Chad Crotts struck out eight in five innings of work to pick up the victory and Hayden Farmer and Nick Bell each had two RBI in the win for Carroll (5-5, 3 -2 Three Rivers District). The Cavaliers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Farmer’s RBI groundout and Cole Montgomery’s run on a wild pitch.

Radford responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Carroll surged ahead in the third inning after Montgomery ripped a leadoff double and then scored on Farmer’s double to center field to tie the game at three. Lance Rotenizer later reached on an error, and he and Farmer both crossed home plate on Bell’s two-run double to center. Blake Stanley and Brant Davidson both added RBI singles to increase Carroll’s lead to 7-3.

Dustin Dalton belted a leadoff triple to center in the fifth inning and later scored on a wild pitch for an 8-4 Cavalier cushion. Rotenizer drew a walk in the sixth inning and scored on Dalton’s RBI single to left for an insurance run.

Montgomery scored twice and had two hits for Carroll, while Dalton and Davidson both had two hits and an RBI. Rotenizer scored twice in a 1-for-3 effort at the plate.

Carroll 205 011 0 – 9 14 3

Radford 300 101 0 – 5 11 2

Crotts, Hull (6) and Davidson (CC); Young, Kanipe (4), Joseph (6), Bonet (7) and Morris (R). WP – Crotts. LP – Kanipe. 2B – Bell, Farmer, Montgomery (CC); Burdette, Kanipe, Marshall (R). 3B – Dalton (CC); Bonet (R).

Carroll Co. 12, Galax 11

Nick Bell’s two-run single with two outs in the seventh inning helped rally Carroll County to a 12-11 victory over Galax on Thursday in Felts Park.

Carroll opened the game on fire, scoring four runs with two outs each in the second and third innings to go ahead 8-2. The Maroon Tide answered with nine runs from the fourth to sixth innings to go ahead 11-9, however.

Down to its last at bat, the Cavaliers regained the lead in the top of the seventh after Gavin Westbrook and Cole Montgomery both reached on errors. Hayden Farmer was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Lance Rotenizer then grounded out to shortstop for the second out of the inning, but he drove in Westbrook in the process to pull Carroll within 11-10. Then, with two outs, Bell tagged a single to center field to score Montgomery and pinch-runner Dylan Rodrigue to put the Cavs in front 12-11.

Blake Stanley, who pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, picked up the win for Carroll County. He walked two batters in the bottom of the seventh, but struck out the next hitter for the third out and the victory.

With two outs in the second inning, Bell walked and scored on Stanley’s RBI single. Hunter Nester reached on an error before Cassell McMillian doubled to right to drove in Stanley. Jackson Hull’s two-run double to right field scored Nester and McMillian for a 4-0 lead.

Galax answered with two runs in the bottom of the second, but Carroll struck for four more runs with two outs in the third. Bell singled to center, Brandon Martin walked and Stanley was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Nester followed with a single to plate Bell and Martin. McMillian and Hull added RBI singles to increase the Cavalier advantage to 8-2. Carroll added a run to the lead in the fourth on Stanley’s sacrifice fly to left to score Rotenizer.

Hull went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI to pace the Cavaliers. Bell went 2-for-4 with two runs and a pair of RBI, while Stanley drove in two and scored twice on one hit. Nester and McMillian also had two runs and 2 RBI each.

Carroll 044 100 3 – 12 10 4

Galax 020 414 0 – 11 7 5

Bell, Breen (4), Stanley (6) and Crotts (CC); Tilly, Ashworth (5) and Barnes (G). WP – Stanley. LP – Ashworth. 2B – Hull, McMillian (CC); Pickett, Stuart (G).

Alleghany 10, Carroll Co. 5

Alleghany scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back April 17 in a 10-5 Three Rivers District win over Carroll County in Covington.

The Cavaliers briefly jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Jackson Hull spanked a leadoff single to right, Cole Montgomery reached on an error and Hayden Farmer walked to load the bases. After Hull scored on a passed ball, Brandon Martin’s RBI groundout drove in Montgomery. Later, Lance Rotenizer singled to center to score Farmer.

Alleghany scored five runs in the bottom half of the inning and one more each in the second and third innings to go up 7-3. The Cavs got a run back in the fourth when Blake Stanley doubled and scored on Chad Crotts’ RBI single to right field.

Hull went 3-for-4 with a run to lead Carroll. Rotenizer had two hits and an RBI for the Cavs, while Montgomery scored twice.

Carroll Co. 300 100 1 – 5 9 3

Alleghany 511 030 x – 10 10 2

Rodrigue, Robinson (2), Martin (6) and Crotts (CC); Keener, Hensley (7) and Craft (A).WP – Keener. LP – Rodrigue. 2B – Stanley (CC); Keener, Hilemon (A).

Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN

By Allen Worrell