By David Grimes Sunday, July 01 2012 00:00
With temperatures hovering near the century mark Friday and Saturday, the 2012 District 6 Dixie Ponytails (11-12) All-Star Softball Tournament started its five-day run Friday afternoon at Veterans Field in Radford.
Action continues today (Sunday) with Radford playing Blacksburg at 1:15 p.m. and Floyd County playing Grayson County at 3:30 p.m.
Floyd County Tops Christiansburg
Floyd County remained undefeated, as they handed Christiansburg a 7-4 loss Saturday.
Floyd County (2-0) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first and added three more in the second to extend its lead to 4-0.
Christiansburg (1-1) answered with a run in the bottom of the third when Aaliyah Benson scored on an error. They added another run in the fourth when Sarah St. Jean led off with a double and later scored on an RBI single by Alexis Hagy to cut their deficit in half, 4-2.
Floyd added a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to pull out to a 7-2 lead. Christiansburg answered in its half of the sixth on a single by Sarah Schultz and a double off the bat of Madelyn Campbell to make the final 7-4.
Madelyn Campbell led Christiansburg with two hits, both doubles.
Blacksburg Eliminates Montgomery County
Blacksburg used a big second and fifth inning to eliminate Montgomery County, 18-6, Saturday morning.
Blacksburg (1-1) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Fiona Carter-Todd led off with a walk and later scored on a pass ball. Montgomery County (0-2) used an RBI single by Emily Harrison and a double by Brooke Webster to take a 4-1 lead.
Blacksburg started pulling away in the top of the second. An RBI single by Adelyni Noble and Meghan Perfater, along with several errors and pass balls, allowed Blacksburg to pull out to a 7-4 advantage.
Hits by Kaitlyn Heinze, Morgan McCoy and Shay Ladd allowed Blacksburg to extend its lead to 10-4.
Blacksburg would put the game out of reach in the top of the fifth. Hits by Brianna Knight, Heinze, Kasey Adamo, Noble, Kaylen Adamo and Carter-Todd allowed them to take an 18-4 lead. Montgomery County pushed across a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to make the final 18-6.
Kaitlyn Heinze and Adelyni led Blacksburg with two hits apiece.
Lacey Bishop led Montgomery County with two hits.
Grayson County Fends Off Radford
In a game that started Friday night and ended Saturday morning, Grayson County managed to hold on for a 9-6 win over Radford.
With the game knotted at 5-5 in the top of the fourth inning Friday night, winds in excess of 80 mph blew into Veterans Field unexpectedly, forcing the game to be continued Saturday morning.
Grayson County (1-0) scored three runs in the top of the fourth to take an 8-5 lead
Radford (0-1) added a run in the bottom of the fifth when Emma Minnick led off with a single and scored on a single by Madyline Alexander to make it 8-6.
Grayson County added an insurance run in the top of the sixth to hold on for the 9-6 win.
Grayson County took a 2-0 lead in the first inning Friday night on a wild pitch and an error and added another run in the second to make it 3-0.
Radford would take the lead in the bottom of the second. RBI fielder's choice by both Kelsey Martin and Reagan Sellers, along with an RBI walk by Michaela Jarrett gave Radford a 4-3 lead.
Grayson County scored twice in the top of the third to regain the advantage, 5-4. Radford tied the game in its half of the inning when Christina Tarasidis led off with a walk and later scored when the Grayson County pitcher dropped the ball during her windup.
In the top of the fourth Grayson County had a runner on first and one out when the wind swooped down and sent everyone looking for cover.
Madyline Alexander led Radford with two hits and Tiohana Eaves added a hit,
Floyd County Cruises Past Blacksburg
Floyd County scored all the runs it would need in the first inning, as they cruised to a 16-2 victory over Blacksburg Friday evening. The game was called after four innings due to the slaughter rule.
Floyd County (1-0) raced out to a 10-0 lead after the first inning behind a two-run single from Taylor Phillips, an RBI single by Mallory Cox and a three-run homer by McKayla Conner.
Floyd County added another run in the third Madison Smith led off with a triple and scored on a single by Phillips to take an 11-0 lead. Blacksburg (0-1) lit up the home side of the scoreboard in its half of the inning when Kasey Adamo singled and scored on an RBI double off the bat of Fiona Carter-Todd to make it 11-1.
Floyd County scored five runs in the top of the fourth, all on wild pitches, to take a 16-1 lead. Blacksburg added a run in the bottom of the fourth to make the final 16-2.
Fiona Carter-Todd led Blacksburg with two hits.
Christiansburg Outlasts Montgomery County
The Christiansburg All-Stars pushed across eight runs in the top of the fifth inning to turn a close game into a 19-9 victory over Montgomery County in the opening game Friday afternoon. The game was called after four innings due to the mercy rule.
Christiansburg (1-0), behind a three-run homer off the bat of Madelyn Campbell, jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the of the first inning.
With two-outs, Christiansburg used an RBI single by Abby Boyd, a two-run homer by Sarah Schultz and a run-scoring single by Sarah St. Jean to pull out to a 10-0 advantage. Montgomery County (0-1) struck for three runs in its half of the inning behind three hit batters, singles by Brooke Webster and Lacey Bishop, along with an RBI walk by Rebekah Sisson.
Christiansburg added a run in the top of the third when Maddy Thompson led off with a walk and later scored on a wild pitch to make it 11-3. Montgomery County answered with a six-run outburst in the bottom of the inning. RBI singles by Webster, Sisson, an RBI fielder's choice by Emily Harris and a two-run by single by Madison Lovern pulled Montgomery County to within two, 11-9.
Christiansburg put the game away in the top of the fourth. An RBI single by St. Jean and a three-run home run by Aaliyah Benson highlighted the eight-run inning. Montgomery County went down in order in the bottom of the fourth, as Christiansburg claimed the 19-9 victory.
Sarah St, Jean led Christiansburg with three hits, while Ailiyah Benson, Sarah Schultz, Madelyn Campbell and Emily Handy added two hits each.
Brooke Webster and Lacey Bishop paced Montgomery County with two hits apiece.
Photo: The Christiansburg coach talks to his team. (Photo by David Grimes)
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