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Barons fall to Amelia as regular season nears end / May 16, 2018

Bluestone hosted Amelia last week in Skipwith and took a tough one-run loss in the 14-13 final.

Scott Nutter, who opened the game on the mound, was relieved during the third inning by Nate Newcomb.

In the top of the first Nutter struck out the first batter. This was followed by a Raiders’ walk and single. With two outs, a Amelia hitter knocked a double to plate a run.

Bluestone answered in the bottom of the first with its own run. The Barons leadoff batter struck out, but Nutter followed with a blast to right-center — however, the ball was chased down for the team’s second out.

Josh Hite ripped a single to the outfield and eventually went to home plate. Newcomb and Joe Walker reached base on errors. The score at the end of one was 1-1.

Amelia opened the second inning with a single and was then aided by two defensive errors to get players in scoring position. The Raiders went on to post two-runs for the 3-1 lead.

Bluestone scored in the bottom of the second after with one out Chris Gregory hit a single. Larry Bullock and Nutter drew walks. Hite reached base on an error; Gregory scored for the 3-2 score.

The third inning is where Amelia stepped up its game scoring seven runs in the inning off three hits. During this time the Barons recorded four errors. Amelia led mid-way the third 10-2.

The Barons added three runs in the bottom of the inning, scoring Joe Walker (error), Brendan King (walk) and Jordan Hill (single).

Bluestone’s defense did a great job in the fourth inning, holding the raiders scoreless in the frame. Bluestone came to bat and added four runs to bring the score to 10-9.

Newcomb and King each hit singles to get on base and went on to score. Nutter and Walker drew a walk and HBP, respectively, to get on base before scoring.

Amelia got back on track in the fifth inning posting three runs. Bluestone stayed hot and totaled three runs in the inning by Nutter (walk), Newcomb (walk) and King (RBI triple) for the 13-12 Amelia lead.

Amelia secured its final run in the top of the sixth. Bluestone’s Gregory and Da’Trione Shearin both scattered singles in the sixth; Gregory scored in what would be the 14-13 final for the game.

Bluestone is currently 4-10 in the James River District, 5-12 overall. The team was scheduled to play its final regular season game yesterday at Cumberland.

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