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SQUEEZE — Will Seate makes this catch for the second out of the fifth inning against Brunswick, with the Barons holding a 6-2 lead. (Julia Dressler photo) / May 12, 2010
The Bluestone Barons swept three games last week against district foes Brunswick and Prince Edward to even their season record at 8-8 and boost their fortunes as the Southside District tournament draws near.

The Barons beat Prince Edward twice and Brunswick once to improve to 6-4 in district play. After playing last night (Tuesday) against undefeated Powhatan, the Barons have three more league contests left on the schedule.

Last Tuesday in Skipwith, Bluestone spanked Prince Edward 14-8 as the Barons scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning and held on the way of the way to take a sloppy affair.

Bluestone committed numerous errors to make extra work for pitcher Jake Moore, who did a solid job against the Eagles. Moore walked only one batter and struck out seven, but thanks in part to various miscues the Eagles were able to scratch out eight runs against Baron pitching.

In the top of the first, Prince Edward scored two runs on two hits and two errors. But the Barons came back and plated seven runs in the top half of the frame. Bluestone batted around the order with Dmitri Bullock reaching base twice and scoring, while Franklin Watson, Brandon Coleman, Matt Hash, Brian Davis, Tyler Griles and Moore also scored runs in the inning.

In the second inning Amotio Smith stroked an RBI single to bring home Will Seate, posting Bluestone to an 8-2 lead. After Prince Edward plated a run in the third to make the score 8-3, the Barons got three runs in the fourth to stretch their advantage to 11-3.

Bluestone managed one more scoring outburst, a four-run sixth inning, to put the game out of reach for the Eagles. Prince Edward tacked on two runs in the top of the seventh to make the final 14-8.

On Thursday, the Barons hosted Brunswick and escaped with an 8-7 victory against the Bulldogs. Franklin Watson started on the mound for the Barons and did well enough to get the win. Watson allowed 11 hits but walked only two while striking out seven. Once again, the Barons hurt their cause with three errors behind Watson.

Bluestone took a 5-0 lead in the first inning on a walk, a plunked batter and three hits — a leadoff double by Bullock, an RBI single by Coleman and a three-run double by Smith.

Brunswick whittled away at the lead with solo runs in the second and third innings, but Bluestone made the score 6-2 with a run in the bottom of the third. Scoring the run was Seate, who walked, advanced on a Coleman double and scored on a Brunswick balk.

Brunswick scored twice and Bluestone once in the fifth to make the tally 7-4, but the Bulldogs tied up the game with a run in the sixth and two in the seventh.

That set up some seventh-inning heroics for the Barons as Bullock rapped a single in the bottom of the frame to score L.J. Barnett and give the home team the 8-7 win.

Bluestone’s final game of the week was a rematch against Prince Edward in Farmville Friday, and this time the contest was much closer than Tuesday’s blowout win over the Eagles. But Bluestone got the 7-4 win thanks to a solid performance on the mound by Coleman and just enough action at the plate by the Baron offense.

Coleman scattered six hits and gave up one walk while striking out eight, while the offense plated one run in the second, three in the third, one in the fifth and two in the sixth to give Coleman the support he needed. Prince Edward also helped by committing six errors.

Coleman also helped his cause with a two-run double in the third, and Hash also had an RBI double in the game.

The Barons close out the regular season with a game this Thursday at home against Park View, and contests next week against Nottoway and Greensville.

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