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Katlyn Shanklin recorded the loss but pitched well enough to give her team several opportunities to gain the momentum in the 4-1 loss. (Mike Moseley photo) / May 16, 2018
The Bluestone girls varsity softball team played a solid defensive game versus Central Lunenburg on Monday in Skipwith but came up short on the scoreboard, falling to the Chargers 4-1.

Lunenburg used a three-run, top of the first to take a 3-0 lead — one which they would keep until the bottom of the fifth.

Katlyn Shanklin held the circle for Bluestone and did a good job, all things considered. The sophomore hurler struck out seven and allowed only six hits in the game. The team was charged with six errors.

Though Lunenburg was able to place runners in scoring position in every inning, save the seventh, Bluestone maintained their defensive stance and held the visitors in check.

The Lady Barons couldn’t plate any runners in the first four innings, though the team did get players in scoring position during that frame.

Bluestone posted its lone score in the bottom of the fifth after the leadoff, Sophie Sherwood, drew a walk to get on base. The next two batters popped-out but helped advance Sherwood around the bases.

Meredith Finch came to bat and hit a single to aid Sherwood in coming home. Finch was the only Baron batter to get on base each of her at bats. The senior player had one walk, and two singles in the game.

Lunenburg posted its final run at the top of the sixth. The Chargers first batter hit a single.

The next batter went down on strikes and for a minute it felt as though the Barons were gaining some momentum. But an unusual error on the infield with Lunenburg’s next batter led to the Chargers scoring for the 4-1 score.

The Baron girls went down in order the final two innings to end the game. The team was scheduled to hold Seniors Night last night (Tuesday) versus Cumberland in their final game of the season.

After having back-to back wins in mid-April, and a sixth place standing in the James River District the team spiraled into a 10-game losing streak. Currently the Barons are in seventh place with a conference record of 3-10 and 4-13 overall.

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