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Barons baseball at .500 as region play beckons / May 01, 2019
The Bluestone varsity baseball team won two games in the past seven days to improve to 5-5 in the James River District and move into fourth place.

One win came Monday over non-conference foe Greensville County, with the host Barons prevailing by a 2-1 score. The Barons also won their game against district rival Prince Edward last Tuesday, after the Eagles forfeited.

The Barons did have one district loss last week and that was a 5-0 decision against Amelia. But even in this game, though appearing rusty from spring break, Bluestone still did a lot right — they just couldn’t hit the ball when needed.

The Barons have two games this week. Bluestone was scheduled to play Central Lunenburg at home Tuesday. On Friday the Barons compete against Nottoway at Golubic Stadium, located in Crewe.

Both the Nottoway and Central games should help boost the Barons’ district record. Lunenburg currently has a record of 4-5, while Nottoway sits at 2-5 and in ninth place in the JRD.

Bluestone defeated Nottoway 7-4 in earlier season action, but also fell to Lunenburg 12- 5 in the Barons’ fourth game of the season.

Game Reports:

Bluestone 2, Greensville 1

On Monday, the Barons took a non-district win over the Greensville County Eagles by a score of 2-1 in Skipwith. The win will help the seeding position for the Barons in the upcoming regional tournament.

Both teams featured strong pitching and defense, keeping the game scoreless through the sixth inning. In the top of the sixth, the Eagles were able to squeeze out a run on a line drive double and hit to left center field to bring in the lead-off batter, who walked.

Down by a run with one out and a runner on second, the Barons avoided disaster on a fly ball double to left center that seemed destined to put runners on second and third. Bluestone’s left fielder, Isaac “Polo” Walker, made a snap decision to throw the ball to the catcher, Brendan King, who threw out the runner coming in from second base to record the second out. The third out came on a strike-out looking.

The Barons couldn’t catch up in the bottom of the sixth, however, and the Eagles held a 1-0 lead after being unable to score in the top of the seventh. In the bottom of the seventh, trailing by a run, Walker hit a line drive single to left center.

One out later, Walker would score on a line drive double by Jordan Hill. That brought up Larry Bullock, who reached on a base on balls. With a tied score of 1-1, only one out and a runner on first, Josh Hite seized the victory in intense fashion with a walk-off double deep into left center field to win the game for the Barons, 2-1.

Jordan Hill led the Barons on the mound, only allowing three hits and one run in six and a third innings, striking out six. Hill was relieved by Peyton Chavis who pitched the final two-thirds inning in the seventh. Hite led the Barons at the plate, going 2-for-4. Hill and Hite each collected an RBI.

Amelia 5, Bluestone 0

The Barons’ defense was strong out of the gate to hold off the Amelia Raiders in the top of the first inning. However, the Raiders were able to bring in two earned runs in the top of the second inning with a double on a fly ball over the head of center fielder Chris Gregory. The Raiders followed with another double on a line drive.

The Raiders increased their lead over the Barons, 3-0, in the top of the third, with another run across the plate on a line drive up the left field base line. The top of the fourth brought the final two runs of the game for the Raiders. The Barons were able to hold off the Raiders in the final three innings, although the Barons were also unable to score any runs, taking the 5-0 loss.

Coming off spring break, the Barons put up a good defense, however, the bats seemed a bit rusty as the players couldn’t get most of the bat contact past the infield. Leading in hits were Larry Bullock (1), Josh Hite (1) and Scott Nutter (1). Nutter recorded the loss on the mound.

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