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Scott Nutter gets the out on the run-down and almost got a double play on catching the third base runner. (Mike Moseley photo)
SoVaNow.com / May 09, 2018
The Bluestone varsity baseball team split a pair of home games last week, losing 17-9 to Central Lunenburgs and beating Nottoway 16-6 to bring their James River District record to 6-9.



Central Lunenburg 17, Bluestone 9

On Tuesday, May 1, the Barons faced the Central Lunenburg Chargers in an offensive extravaganza. The game began with Scott Nutter on the mound. He recorded the first two outs on a 5-3 play by Nate Newcomb at third base to Joseph Walker on first base, and a 6-3 play from Larry Bullock at Shortstop to J. Walker. However, the remainder of the inning saw the Chargers score an earned run and an unearned run. After the Chargers sent their 7th batter of the lineup to the plate, the Barons recorded the last out with a fly-out to second baseman Jordan Hill.

In the bottom of the first inning, the Barons answered back and tie the game, 2-2, with a single to center field by Scott Nutter; Josh Hite reached base with an RBI single to center, scoring Nutter. Nate Newcomb singled to center, scoring Hite.

The Chargers came back in the top of the second with three earned runs, this time unanswered by the Barons.

However, the Barons scored three earned runs and three unearned runs in the bottom of the third inning, putting them ahead of the Chargers, 8-5.

The Barons’ third inning rally began with Josh Hite reaching base on an error at second. Joseph Walker faced a pitching change and reached base on an error in right field with a dropped fly ball. Then Nate Newcomb, Isaac Walker and Chris Gregory all reached base with a base on balls, driving in Hite and J. Walker. Jordan Hill singled to right and reached third on an error in the field, scoring Newcomb, I. Walker and Gregory. The rally ended with a groundout to second by Larry Bullock, scoring Hill.

The Chargers broke loose in the top of the fourth inning with nine earned runs and two unearned runs. Nutter faced four batters before any were retired, and exited the mound after throwing 77 pitches, facing 22 batters and recording four strikeouts. Jordan Hill came on to face five batters before being relieved by Al Csorba.

Csorba came to the mound with bases loaded and the Chargers batted around back to the top of the lineup.

Csorba faced seven batters and recorded all three outs in the inning with a fly-out to Isaac Walker in left field, a fly-out to Joseph Walker at first base and a caught pop foul, also by J. Walker.

The Chargers would finish the top of the fourth inning with a 16-8 lead over the Barons. The Chargers increased their lead over the Barons by adding one more earned run in the top of the fifth inning, going up 17-8.

The Barons were unable to score again until the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Nate Newcomb, scoring Josh Hite, who reached base on a fielder’s choice. Although the Barons were able to hold off the Chargers in the last two innings, they didn’t score any more runs in the bottom of the seventh and would end the game with a 17-9 loss.



Barons 16, Nottoway 6

On Thursday, May 3, the Barons faced the Nottoway Cougars, taking the win in five innings. With Nate Newcomb on the mound, the Barons began the first inning a little rocky with errors in the field, allowing one unearned run and a two-run home run giving the Cougars a 3-0 lead.

The Barons battled back, batting around the lineup and scoring four earned runs and four unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning. At the top of the lineup, Larry Bullock reached base on a single; Scott Nutter was hit by a pitch, and Josh Hite reached base on a walk

Joseph Walker reached base on errors by the pitcher and the first baseman, allowing Bullock, Nutter and Hite to score. Brendan King was hit by a pitch; followed by Isaac Walker who reached base the same way.

After a pitching change, Chris Gregory got on base on a fielder’s choice (J. Walker was put out at home), Datrione Shearin singled to centerfield to score Brendan King and Isaac Walker; Larry Bullock reached base with a base on balls, bringing in Gregory, Nutter also reached base with a base on balls, bringing in Shearin. The last run was made by L. Bullock who made it home on a passed ball.

The Barons increased their lead in the bottom of the second inning with two earned runs. Nate Newcomb singled with a hard line-drive to right field and scored on a fly out to right by I. Walker; Joseph Walker singled to right and tagged up and scored on a fly out to center field by Chris Gregory. The Barons would close out the bottom of the second inning with a 10-3 lead over the Cougars.

The Cougars were unable to score again until the top of the third inning when they picked up two earned runs; they scored again in the top of the fourth inning with only one earned run, giving the Cougars a total of six runs.

The Barons continued to run up their lead, scoring an unearned run in the bottom of the third with Scott Nutter reaching base on an error at shortstop and scoring on another error from catcher to first base.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Barons added four earned runs. Brendan King tripled to right center, Isaac Walker hit an RBI single to left, scoring King; Chris Gregory also hit an RBI single to left, scoring I. Walker, Datrione Shearin reached base with a base on balls, Larry Bullock reached base with a base on balls, Scott Nutter faced the pitching change and reached base with a base on balls, walking in Gregory, Shearin was walked in by Nate Newcomb, who reached base with a base on balls.

The Barons clinched the game with a final run in the bottom of the fifth inning with Isaac Walker reaching base with a base on balls. Shearin singled to left field reaching first base. An attempted pickoff of Shearin at first base allowed I. Walker to come home and seal the ten-run rule at the end of the fifth inning, with the Barons prevailing 16-6 win over the Cougars. Nate Newcomb was the winning pitcher and pitched the entire game, facing 27 batters and recording six strikeouts.

The Barons have a busy week with four games on the schedule. The Barons were home on Monday, May 7 against Prince Edward; they were set to travel to Goochland on Tuesday, May 8.

The Barons will finish the week at home facing Buckingham on Thursday, May 10 and Amelia on Friday, May 11.

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