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Bluestone girls wind up 2-1 for the week / April 21, 2010
The Bluestone varsity softball team had a busy week, playing three games against Southside District rivals Southampton, Brunswick, and Powhatan and coming away with two victories.

Facing Southampton on April 12, the Lady Barons triumphed in a nailbiter, 6-5, with no room to spare. With the teams tied 5-5 in the seventh, Holly Moore smacked a walk-off RBI hit to give Bluestone the win.

The Lady Barons were first on the scoreboard as they plated a run in the first inning, set up when shortstop Jenna DeSantis reached base and came home on a hit by Anahi Trujillo, who was 2 for 2 with 2 runs scored on the afternoon. Trujillo also scored in the inning to stake the Baron girls to an early 2-0 lead.

With neither team doing much in the second and third innings, the game came to life in the fourth as Bluestone scored three runs to take what seemed like a comfortable 5-0 lead. The Bluestone runs were scored by Trujillo, Elizabeth Loftis and Samantha Williams. But the margin was short-lived as Southampton came back with two runs against Bluestone hurler Hollie Crickenberger, showing they wouldn’t go down without a fight.

One more run in the fifth and two in the sixth drew the Lady Indians to a 5-5 tie, but in the bottom of the seventh Moore drove in the winning run to give Bluestone the well-earned victory over the Lady Indians.

Bluestone’s second game of the week, against Brunswick last Tuesday, was a much easier affair as the Lady Barons romped, 17-1.

Jenna DeSantis was 2 for 3 with 3 runs scored in the game, and she started the hit parade in the first inning with a double. Trujillo, Amy Hamlett, and Crickenberger also scored in the inning to give Bluestone a 4-0 lead.

Whitney Allgood, Loftis, DeSantis, Hamlett, and Crickenberger scored five more runs in the second to bump Blueston’s lead to a 9-0. With Brunswick doing nothing against Crickenberger on the mound — she went the first three innings before giving way to reliever Hamlett — it was only a matter of time before the game entered mercy rule territory.

Five runs in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth made the count 17-0, and after the Lady Bulldogs’ turn at bat in the fifth inning the game was cut short. Brunswick did score a run in the final inning to make the final 17-1 and avoid a skunking.

Crickenberger finished with five strikeouts and allowed only one hit in three innings, and Hamlett went two innings on the mound, striking out one, giving up one hit and allowing one run.

The only down note of the week came in a 4-0 loss at home to Powhatan on Thursday. The Lady Barons were unable to muster any scoring in support of Crickenberger, who went the distance and recorded eight strikeouts and only one walk, while allowing nine hits and four runs, one unearned.

Powhatan scored two runs in the third and two in the fifth to provide all the runs in the game.

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