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Pitcher Josh Briggs comes to the mound against Cumberland in action Thursday.
SoVaNow.com / March 20, 2013
The Bluestone Barons are off to a rousing start to 2013 after scoring a tight victory this week over Brunswick and following up with a 15-5 rout of James River District rival Cumberland.

Squaring off against Brunswick in the season opener Tuesday at home, the Barons had to quash a comeback by the Bulldogs in the late going to prevail 10-9.

The varsity boys scored eight of their 10 runs in the first two innings to jump out to an early 8-2 lead. But the Bulldogs clawed their way back into contention with three-run frames in both the fourth and seventh innings, testing the nerves of the Bluestone faithful.

In the end, however, the Barons were able to put down the ‘Dogs on the strength of eight hits on the afternoon, including four by junior Deion Mosley, who went 4-for-4 with five runs driven in. He had two doubles and a triple.

Javon Smith, a sophomore, had two singles and scored two runs for Bluestone, while Aaron “Tre” Watson had one hit and two RBI. Josh Balducci also had a hit.

On Thursday, the Barons welcomed Cumberland for a matchup with the Dukes. After a slow start, Bluestone broke loose for four runs in the third inning and ten runs in the fourth to triumph 15-5 in five innings, the game shortened under the slaughter rule.

Bluestone rapped out 15 hits as four players had multi-hit afternoons. Tre Watson led the parade with two hits in three at bats, scoring three times, while Keith Patrick, Antwuan Tucker and Deion Mosley also had two hits apiece. Mosley scored three times and drove in two.

Also credited with RBI were Tucker and Watson, with two apiece, and Balducci, Patrick, Tavon Smith and Matthew Wilkinson with one RBI each.

Josh Briggs started the game on the mound and went three and two-thirds innings, and Wilkinson got the final four outs and picked up the win in relief. Briggs allowed five hits, five runs and struck out five, and Wilkinson gave up only one walk in scoreless relief.

The Barons’ game yesterday against GW-Danville was postponed due to weather, but the boys are due back on the diamond later this week when they take on Nottoway Thursday at home, and Park View Friday in South Hill.







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