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Bluestone falls to PE, baseball play ends / May 30, 2018

On Friday, 25 the Bluestone varsity baseball team traveled to Prince Edward to play the Eagles in the James River District Regional 2-A tournament. The Barons lost, 7-6.

Despite the outcome, Bluestone made a great comeback and gave the Eagles a good game, with the two rivals trading runs and leads throughout the game.

The first inning began with three-up, three-down for the Barons, and the Eagles scoring an unearned run in the bottom. However, the Barons answered in the top of the second with a dropped fly ball to left center, hit by Chris Gregory, that scored Joseph Walker, who reached base on a fly ball.

Barons pitcher Nate Newcomb cruised through the bottom of the second and third innings, sitting all three batters in each frame, but he ran into trouble in the bottom of the fourth inning, when a hard-hit grounder to left field began a rally for the Eagles. Three consecutive hits resulted in the lead-off batter scoring.

Following that run, the Barons recorded the third out when the sixth batter in the inning grounded out to shortstop Larry Bullock. The Barons came into the top of the fifth inning trailing the Eagles, 2-1, but they came back fast and furious, scoring three runs — two earned and one unearned.

Brendan King singled on a line drive to left center, followed by Dan Csorba who reached base on a base on balls. Isaac Walker hit a ground ball to the pitcher and reached base on an error, scoring Datrione Shearin (courtesy runner for the catcher, King).

With two men on base, the top of the Barons lineup came up with L. Bullock hitting a long sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring D. Csorba and I. Walker, both on the throw. That gave the Barons a 4-2 lead in the top of the fifth.

The host Eagles returned the favor with three runs scored, all earned, in the bottom of the inning to go ahead, 5-4.

The top of the Eagles lineup came up to bat and with two runners on base, the third batter was able to plate two runs. A passed ball led to a third run in the inning for Prince Edward.

The Barons were able to record three outs before allowing any more runs to come in. The third out was recorded on a strikeout by Scott Nutter, who came in to pitch for the last batter.

Behind 5-4, the Barons couldn’t respond in the top of the sixth. Then the Eagles scored two more runs to increase the lead to 7-4.

Trailing by three runs in the top of the seventh inning, the Barons were desperate to stay alive. Jordan Hill began the inning with a solidly-hit ground ball to the second basemen, reaching base on an error; I. Walker followed suit, also reaching base on an error by the second basemen, which brought up the Baron leadoff man, L. Bullock, who reached base with a base on balls.

With the bases loaded, Nutter hit a hard ground ball to the third basemen and reached base on a fielder’s choice, but the third basemen threw Hill out at home to record the force out.

Hite hit a line drive to the pitcher that brought home two runs due to an error on the third baseman, who dropped the ball thrown by the pitcher. Joseph Walker hit a long fly ball to centerfield, but the ball was caught for the third out, ending the game and the season for the Barons.

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