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Baron girls rock R-H, 18-8

South Boston News
Katlyn Shanklin / April 25, 2018

The Bluestone Lady Barons picked up a big James River District win over Randolph-Henry last Thursday in Skipwith, taking the game 18-8.

Bluestone was coming off a great road win over Kenston Forest just days earlier and brought that same confidence, determination and energy to this game.

Randolph-Henry came ready to play, posting three runs at the top of the first inning. But before it was over, Bluestone would prove to be dominant.

When Bluestone came to bat in the first, leadoff hitter Meredith Finch reached after being hit by pitch, followed by Hannah Mull’s first hit of the game.

Katlyn Shanklin and Morgan Tharpe followed with a single and a double. Lilly Loftis the ripped a singled to make the score 4-3 in the bottom of the first in Bluestone’s favor.

The Statesmen answered with two runs in the top of the second, and while the Lady Barons didn’t score in the inning, they continued to hit the ball.

Chasitee Baskerville reached on an error and advanced to second on Finch’s single. Mia Boswell also reached on an error followed by Mull’s second hit of the game.

Randolph-Henry rallied in the top of the third by adding three more runs to make the score 6-4, R-H.

The Barons kept it going in the bottom of the third when Sophie Sherwood singled, Finch drew a walk and Mull got her third hit of the game.

The Lady Statesmen bats were quiet the rest of the game with Shanklin shutting them down in the circle.

The Barons continued their strong hitting in the fourth when Tharpe and Sydney Newcomb hit singles. Loftis reached base on an error after the first baseman went to tag Loftis and she simply ran through the tag knocking the ball loose.

Sherwood reached on her second single of the game, while Baskerville cleared the bases with a line drive double.

In the bottom of the fifth, Mull continued her hitting streak with her fourth straight hit of the game. Mull later scored on an error. The score was 14-8 going into the bottom of the sixth.

The Lady Barons kept their offense going when Finch drew a walk. Finch later advanced when Mull smacked her third double and fifth hit of the game. Shanklin singled and Tharpe reached on an error.

The Lady Barons were able to push those four runs across to end the game in the bottom of the sixth for the 18-8 final score.

Bluestone head coach Shelby Brown said, “The Lady Barons never gave up and kept their bats hot throughout the lineup.”

The Lady Barons are currently in sixth place in the JRD at 3-4 after dropping recent games to Greensville and Amelia.

Bluestone 6,

Kenston Forest 4

The Bluestone Lady Barons traveled to Kenston Forest Academy last week and came out on top, winning a very competitive non-conference contest, 6-4.

The Lady Barons got going in the first inning when Meredith Finch doubled and Mia Bowell singled to get on base.

Katlyn Shanklin loaded the bases with a walk and Morgan Tharpe had a RBI double off a line drive single for the 2-0 lead.

The Kenston Forest Lady Kavaliers were shut down first and second innings led by Shanklin in the circle.

Hannah Mull started the third inning off with a double. Shanklin plated Mull on a single to increase the Lady Barons’ lead to 3-0.

The Lady Kavaliers drove in one run in the third to get on the board at 3-1.

Bluestone answered in the fourth inning when Sydney Newcomb reached with a walk and later scored off an RBI single by Chasitee Baskerville.

Kenston Forest rallied at the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs to pull within 5-4.

Despite the Kavaliers’ late game push, Bluestone remained hot in the batters’ box. Sydney Newcomb hit a stand up double followed by Sophie Sherwood’s single in the top of the sixth.

The Lady Barons started the seventh with a walk by Finch. Bowell advanced the runner. Mull and Shanklin continued with a single, scoring Finch.

The final score was 6-4, Bluestone. Shanklin took the win from the mound.

Lady Barons’ head coach, Shelby Brown said, “It was a great team effort by all.”

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