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Roundup: Clintwood baseball advances, Gate City baseball and softball fall in VHSL play

Staff Report • Jun 5, 2013 at 12:15 AM


Clintwood 6, Covington 4

HAYSI — Austin Turner’s RBI single brought home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and Clintwood edged Covington 6-4 on Tuesday in the VHSL Group A, Division 1 baseball quarterfinals.

The Greenwave advanced to take on Riverheads in the state semifinals on Friday at 1 p.m. at Kiwanis Park in Salem.

Clintwood scored three runs in the crucial sixth inning to rally for the victory. Dalton Dahley led the ‘Wave with two doubles.

Tanner Paxton had three hits for Covington and Luke Crawford drove in two runs.

Glenvar 8, Gate City 1

SALEM, Va. — Gate City scored an unearned run in the first inning but left the bases loaded, and Glenvar came roaring back to win the Group A, Division 2 quarterfinal game at Kiwanis Field.

Highlanders starter Tyler Crockett and relievers Zach Duncan and Austin Fox combined on a two-hitter, and the Blue Devils (7-20) advanced just one man past first base the rest of the game.

Gate City freshman starter Chandler Pendleton took the loss.

Glenvar (14-9) advanced to meet Nandua in the state semifinals Friday at Radford University.


Floyd County 7, Gate City 2

FLOYD, Va. — Trailing 4-2 in the top of the fourth inning, the Lady Blue Devils seemed primed to get back into the ballgame.

But Floyd County reliever Karlee Pendleton came on and got the Lady Buffaloes out of a bases-loaded jam. It proved to be the turning point for Floyd County, which advanced to the Group A, Division 2 semifinals for the first time.

The Lady Buffaloes scored runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth to pull away. Aimee Royal had three hits and drove in a pair of runs for Floyd County (21-3) while Holly Britt smacked a solo homer.

Gate City (11-14) stranded 10 and committed four errors, with all factoring in a Floyd County run.

“We knew coming up here we couldn’t allow this team to take advantage of our mistakes, and I knew that they would,” Gate City coach Cara Noe said. “They’re just a good team. ...

“But we still kept fighting. With two outs in the seventh inning we had runners on first and second. I can’t ask much more of these players.”

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