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Bluestone’s Josh Hite with the lead-move off base in the Barons’ game vs. Amelia. (Contributed photo) / March 27, 2019

On Tuesday, March 19, the Bluestone Barons varsity baseball team went on the road to face the Amelia Raiders. Despite the 6-4 loss, it was a close game until the end.

The Barons had a rough go at making contact at the plate, although in the top of the fourth inning, already trailing behind the Raiders with a 2-0 score, Nate Newcomb made it on base with a double to left-center. A line drive shot to left field by Jordan Hill moved Newcomb to third, followed by another hard liner, a RBI double stroked by Noah Forbes to plate Newcomb.

The Barons completed the top of the fourth still trailing the Raiders by a run. The momentum continued into the top of the fifth with solid hits from the top of the line-up. Larry Bullock made it on base with a hit to right field, followed by a line drive to center field by Chris Gregory. Moved into scoring position, Bullock came home on a hard-hit ground ball down the left field baseline by Josh Hite.

With the score knotted at 2-2, the Barons came back in the top of the sixth with hopes of continuing their hitting streak. The Barons scored two unearned runs in the top of the sixth when Hill, who reached base on an error at third, and Joseph Walker, who also reached base on an overthrow, came home. Walker scored on a line drive hit by Scott Nutter.

The Barons couldn’t keep up the momentum, however, and ended the inning with a 4-2 lead. Coming to bat in the bottom of the frame, the Raiders scored four earned runs — two off Newcomb and two off Walker — for the 6-4 final score. On the mound for Bluestone, Newcomb was tagged with the loss.

Newcomb had held down the Raiders through 6.2 innings before running into trouble in the sixth and being relieved on the mound by Walker.

Offensive leaders for Bluestone were Forbes and Hite, each collecting an RBI.

Central Lunenburg 12, 
Bluestone 5

On Wednesday, March 20, the Barons traveled to Victoria to face the Central Lunenburg Chargers. The Barons came out of the gate fast, scoring two unearned runs on an error during Brendan King’s at bat. King reached base on an muffed play at short, and that plated Larry Bullock, who had reached base on an overthrow from short to first and Scott Nutter, who hit a short fly ball to center.

The combination of the Barons’ hot bats and the Chargers’ shaky defense continued into the top of the second inning, with the Barons scoring three more runs. Noah Forbes who reached base on an error at short, crossed the plate on a line drive hit by Bullock. Landon Allgood, who reached base on a walk, scored on an error by the Chargers’ pitcher on a Nutter bunt. The third run was driven in by Josh Hite who reached base on a fielder’s choice, plating Bullock.

Bluestone ended the top of the second with a 5-0 lead over the Chargers. Regrettably, the Barons were unable to add to that lead. Meantime, the Chargers scored two runs in the bottom of the second, one in the third, five in the fifth and four in the sixth inning, winning the game 12-5.

Despite the loss, the Barons were led by the solid pitching of Nutter, who pitched into the fifth inning, giving up four earned runs and one unearned run, before being relieved by Al Csorba.

The Barons were scheduled to host Nottoway yesterday and finish out the week on the road to face the Goochland Bulldogs on Thursday.

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