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Barons closing out regular season on a winning streak against Lunenburg, Nottoway, Greensville

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Bluestone varsity baseball player Scott Nutter slides home on the passed ball to score against Lunenburg. (Contributed photo)
SoVaNow.com / May 08, 2019
The Bluestone varsity baseball team earned two wins over James River District opponents Central Lunenburg and Nottoway to maintain their fourth-place ranking in the JRD as a new week of competition begins. Score were 10-9 in the Lunenburg game and 9-6 in the Nottoway matchup.

On Monday, the team also got a boost with a 10-8 road win over Greensville County. The three wins improved the Barons to 7-5 in the district and 9-5 overall. Bluestone is a halfr-game out of third place behind Amelia at 7-4.

Randolph-Henry and Goochland hold the top two spots in the JRD with records of 9-2, 11-4 and 9-2, 9-5, respectively. The recent wins have the Barons on a four-game winning streak.

The Barons were scheduled to take on Goochland in Skipwith Tuesday and finish out the week at Buckingham. The team will complete its regular season next week with two home games. On May 13 the boys play R-H and the following day they play Cumberland in their final game before postseason selections.

All four remaining games are against JRD foes. Bluestone bested Buckingham and Cumberland in earlier season action, but fell to Goochland and R-H. If the Barons can pick up a win against either of the top two teams, it should help their case as they look towards region tournament play.

Bluestone 10, Lunenburg 9

Coming off a tense game the previous night with a walk-off hit to win the contest, the Barons and the Chargers each scored runs in the first inning to set a hard-fought pattern for the rest of the game.

The Chargers began the top of the inning with eight at-bats and scoring two earned runs, before recording three outs. For the Barons, leadoff batter Larry Bullock singled on a line drive to left field, and the next batter, Josh Hite, singled on a line drive to right field, advancing Bullock. Nate Newcomb’s triple to left center scored Bullock and J. Hite, putting the Barons on the board and tying the score.

Chris Gregory added another run with a groundout to shortstop, scoring Newcomb. The Barons finished the bottom of the first in the lead, 3-2 over the Chargers.

In the top of the second, the Barons were able to hold the Chargers to a single run, although the Barons’ bats were quiet in the bottom of the inning. The top of the fourth brought a pitching change for the Barons as Newcomb, who started the game on the mound, was relieved by Landon Allgood.

By midway of the fifth inning Lunenburg had increased its lead to 6-3. But the Barons’ bats came alive in the bottom of the fifth, scoring two runs on Gregory’s hard-hit ground ball to right. He was safe at first on a fielder’s choice. The Barons went into top of the sixth inning, trailing the Chargers by one run. The Chargers added to their lead on an RBI.

Now trailing by three runs, the Barons’ sixth batter in the lineup, Joseph Walker, came up to bat, singling on a ground ball. Scott Nutter made it on base on an error at shortstop, allowing Morton to come home. Another error at short put Isaac “Polo” Walker on base; however, a double play on Jordan Hill’s pop fly to the pitcher left the Barons with only one out.

With Nutter on third, Bullock came up to bat and on a passed ball by the Lunenburg pitcher, Nutter came home to make the score 8-7. Bullock made it on base on a walk, bringing up J. Hite who tripled to center, scoring Bullock.

Prior the recording the third out, Dan Csorba, who subbed for catcher Brendan King, grounded to second and beat out the throw. J. Hite came across the plate on the play for the final run of the sixth and pushing the Barons ahead, leading 9-8.

The top of the seventh brought another pitching change for the Barons, with Nutter relieving Allgood. Before Nutter shut down the inning, the Chargers were able to put a run on the board on an error by Bullock, allowing a runner on base, and further scoring on a passed ball. Closing out the top of the seventh, the score was tied at 9-9 and the Barons were looking to continue their winning streak.

Gregory recorded the first out on a pop fly to shortstop, Joseph Walker singled on a ground ball to left field and Morton came in as a pinch runner, and then both Nutter and Polo Walker made it on base with a walk.

With the bases loaded and only one out, Jordan Hill hit a blooper to left field, scoring Morton. The Barons continued their winning streak with a 10-9 victory on another walk-off ending.

Leading the way offensively for Bluestone were Nate Newcomb and Josh Hite, each collecting a triple. Atop the RBI parade were Newcomb (2), J. Hite (1), Dan Csorba (1) and J. Hill with the walk-off RBI to win the game.

Landon Allgood recorded the win, pitching two and 2/3 innings and allowing two runs on five hits and walking none. Scott Nutter recorded the last three outs and earned the save.

Bluestone 9, Nottoway 6

Finishing out the week on the road, the Barons brought home another win against the Nottoway Cougars. Anxious to continue their winning streak, the Barons immediately put five runs on the board in the top of the first.

The Barons increase their lead 8-0 in the fifth and held on for the 9-6 win despite a concerted effort by Nottoway to get back in the game.

Scott Nutter was credited with the win, throwing 6.3 innings, allowing five runs on six hits and striking out five.

Offensively, Nate Newcomb, Josh Hite and Brendan King each collected doubles. Nutter led in RBIs (2), Newcomb (1), King (1) and Joseph Walker (1). Brendan King led the Barons in hits, going 3-for-4 at the plate.





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