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Scott Nutter pitched the entire game vs. Nottoway in Bluestone’s 7-4 win in Skipwith last Wednesday. (Contributed photo) / April 03, 2019

The Bluestone Barons varsity baseball team split the week’s action with a 7-4 win over the Nottoway Cougars at home, coupled with a 7-1 loss on the road at Goochland to bring their record to 2-4-0.

Wednesday, March 27
Bluestone 7, Nottoway 4

The Barons captured the 7-4 win by turning out nice defensive plays from the first inning. They held off the Cougars until the top of the third, when Nottoway scored one earned run and two unearned runs.

The Cougars didn’t score again until the top of the sixth, with the first batter making it on base on an error at first. He was later brought in on a hard ground ball hit by the fourth batter in the Nottoway lineup. Senior hurler Scott Nutter led the Barons on the mound into the top of the seventh before being relieved by Peyton Chavis.

Offensively, the Barons put up five earned runs and two unearned runs to win the game. Coming out of the gate and making contact in the bottom of the second, the Barons scored an unearned run by Jordan Hill on an error at third during Isaac Walker’s at bat.

The bottom of the third brought in another three earned runs, led by Nate Newcomb. Newcomb’s two-run triple to right field plated Nutter, who reached on a base on balls, and Josh Hite, who hit a line drive to left field. The last run was brought in by Brendan King, who hit a line drive to right field, plating Newcomb.

The runs continued to add up into the bottom of the fourth with the Barons scoring another unearned run on a double by King, plating Newcomb. Larry Bullock also crossed home plate during Newcomb’s at bat, staking the Barons to a 6-3 lead.

The final run scored after Isaac Walker reached base on a fielder’s choice and came across the plate on a line drive hit by Bullock. The Barons ended with the game with the 7-4 win over the Cougars, with RBIs by Nate Newcomb (2), Brendan King (1) and Larry Bullock (1).

Nutter’s effective pitching, combined with a mostly sharp Baron defense, kept the Barons in front throughout the game. Nutter recorded the win.

Goochland 7, Bluestone 1

Coming off the win the night before, the Barons were unable to get ahead of the Goochland Bulldogs and lost 7-1.

Although the Barons made contact and hit line drives, fly balls into the outfield and hard ground balls, the Bulldog defense prevented them from scoring more than the single run. That was unearned, the result of an error in center during Nate Newcomb’s at bat. Newcomb was plated on Brendan King’s caught fly ball, again to the centerfielder.

Defensively, Peyton Chavis pitched into the fourth inning before being relieved by Jordan Hill; Chavis gave up three earned runs. Hill pitched the remainder of the contest, giving up two earned runs and two unearned runs for the 7-1 loss. Chavis recorded the loss.

The Barons have this week off, and will be back at home on Tuesday, April 9 to face Buckingham. They will be on the road again, on Thursday, April 11 at Cumberland. The Barons will finish out the week at home on Friday, April 12 to face Brunswick.

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