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BRINGING THE HEAT — DeQuan Smith rears back and throws a strike for the Bluestone jayvees in action last week at home against Southampton. (Julia Dressler photo) / May 05, 2010
A potent offense spurred the Bluestone Baron jayvee baseball team to victory in two games last week.

The Barons trounced Southside District rival Southampton 11-1 in action Thursday, while on Friday the Barons needed every run they could muster in a 9-8 win over Randolph-Henry.

Against Southampton, the Junior Barons led 6-0 after two innings, with five of those runs coming in the bottom of the second. After Chad Overby scored a run in the first inning, Ian Jones, Kane Gravitt, Tre Watson, Josh Balducci and Overby again all crossed home plate in the second.

The scoring outburst gave starting pitcher DeQuan Smith all the margin he needed as he went the distance for the victory. Smith allowed only one hit and one walk while striking out five in five innings. The game was called in the bottom of the fifth under the mercy rule.

The homestanding Barons scored two runs in the fourth to take an 8-1 lead and tacked on three more runs in the fifth to bring the contest to an early close.

Overby and Smith each had three hits in the game, with Smith driving in five runs on a triple and two doubles and Overby driving in three runs on a double and two singles.

Watson, batting leadoff, and Overby each scored three runs. Balducci, batting in the two hole, scored twice.

The Junior Barons had a much tougher time against Randolph-Henry on Friday, scratching out a 9-8 win over the Junior Statesmen. Bluestone seemed to have the game in hand with a 7-2 lead after five innings. But the Statesmen jayvees came back to score three runs in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh to tie up the game against the Barons, who plated a run in the sixth to make the score 8-8 heading into the bottom of the seventh.

Smith broke the deadlock by smacking a triple in his turn at bat and later scoring to give Bluestone the 9-8 walkoff win. It was Smith’s second extra base hit and second run of the game. Also scoring twice was Josh Balducci; Watson, Overby, Kevin Murphy, Ian Jones and Ian Gregory all scored once.

Josh Balducci, pitching in relief, picked up the win after Jeremy Balducci got the start for Bluestone and Chad Overby went two frames in the game’s middle innings.

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