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Bluestone goes 2-1 in league play, battles for fourth in James River District standings

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Bluestone’s Larry Bullock with the nice play at second base for the out. (Contributed photo) / May 15, 2019
The Bluestone varsity baseball team had a good run of James River District action last week, going 2-1 in district play by defeating Greenville and Buckingham. The team’s lone loss last week was at the hands of Goochland.

The two wins last week left Bluestone and Cumberland tied for fourth place in the district. Each team has a district record of 8-7 and 10-7 overall. Bluestone was scheduled to meet Cumberland yesterday in Skipwith to celebrate Senior Night and see which team would claim the fourth spot. The Cumberland game is Bluestone’s final game of the regular season.

Added to this mix is a game that Bluestone played on Monday against Randolph-Henry, losing by the score of 10-6. R-H holds the No. 2 place in the JRD with a district record of 11-3. Goochland, in first place, sits at 11-2 in the district.

The Barons have made steady progress the entire season and were on a four-game winning streak until the most recent loss to Goochland. Over the course of the Barons’ last seven games, they have gone 5-2, not counting the Tuesday match-up with Cumberland.

Monday, May 6

Bluestone 10, Greensville 8

The Barons continued their winning streak as they faced the Eagles in Greensville and came away with the 10-8 victory.

In the top of the first, the top of the lineup popped out and grounded out, however, the next batter, Nate Newcomb made it on base with a walk. Brendan King reached base on an error, followed by the DH, Joseph Walker, hitting a line drive double to right-center scoring both Newcomb and King.

Scott Nutter reached base on a dropped third strike and an error on an overthrow from the catcher to the first baseman, scoring Walker. A fielder’s choice on Landon Allgood’s ground ball to second resulted in the last out, ending the first half of the inning with the Barons collecting three runs.

Jordan Hill started on the mound for the Barons, only facing four batters. He recorded the first two outs on groundouts to the second baseman, Larry Bullock, followed by a ground-out to Nutter. The next batter reached base on a hit-by-pitch, however, was put out on a fielder’s choice by the fourth batter, to end the inning.

Going into the top of the second, the Barons were unable to add more runs in the inning. The bottom of the second saw the Eagles add a run, after two outs recorded by the first two batters. A three-up, three-down top of the third again led to no runs for the Barons, although the Eagles came back fast and furiously, adding seven runs in second half of the third.

Hill was relieved by Alex Csorba on the mound, who recorded the last two outs with a line out and a pop out to the second baseman. Down by five runs, the Barons were still unable to close the gap, leaving the bases loaded prior to recording all three outs.

On the mound, A. Csorba was able to keep the Eagles’ bats quiet, with a three-up, three-down inning — on a ground out back to Csorba, a ground out to Bullock at second and a called strike-out for the last out.

The Barons’ bats coupled with Eagles’ errors added two more runs in the top of the fifth. Newcomb singled on a line drive up the first baseline, and King reached base on a 5-3 overthrow, scoring Newcomb. Nathan Hite, running for the catcher King, scored on a ground out to the third baseman by Nutter.

Down by three runs in the fifth, the Barons were able to hold back the Eagles again, not allowing any runs and only one baserunner. After facing four batters, A. Csorba and the Barons’ defense ended the inning, looking to close the gap.

In the Barons’ next turn at bat, with two outs, Bullock reached base on an error at short. Chris Gregory’s line drive to right field advanced Bullock to third base, and he subsequently scored on a passed ball.

Now down by two runs, the Barons continued to hold the Eagles back on another three-up, three-down inning.

After an Eagles’ pitching change in the top of the seventh, King doubled on a fly ball to center field and J. Walker reached base on an error at short, scoring N. Hite, who went in to run for King.

With the score tied and no outs, the Barons recorded a strikeout, but then Landon Allgood reached base on another error at short, advancing Walker. A base on balls placed Peyton Chavis on base, and with bases loaded, Alex Csorba hit a line drive double up the third baseline to score Allgood and Chavis and put the Barons on top by two runs.

The Barons went on to take the win with a final score of 10-8.

Csorba earned the victory on the mound, going 3 and 2/3 innings, striking out two, allowing no hits and no runs. Chavis threw one inning in relief, earning the save, recording the last three outs to include two strikeouts, and allowing no runs. Starting the game on the mound, Jordan Hill threw 3 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and eight runs.

Tuesday, May 7

Goochland 8, Bluestone 2

The Goochland Bulldogs, currently in first place in the James River District standings, broke the Barons’ four-game winning streak with an 8-2 win last Tuesday.

The Bulldogs jumped ahead in the top of the first inning by scoring three earned runs and batting one batter short of their complete line-up. The Barons were able to answer back with only one run in the bottom of the first.

At the top of the lineup, Larry Bullock doubled on a line drive to left center and collecting an extra base on the throw. Josh Hite reached base on an error on the third baseman, scoring Bullock.

The Barons finished the first inning trailing behind the Bulldogs by two runs. The Bulldogs added two runs in the top of the second, both unearned due to errors at short. A pitching change brought Peyton Chavis to the mound, relieving Nate Newcomb, in which Chavis recorded the last out on a pop fly out to the first baseman, Joseph Walker.

The Barons were unable to respond in the bottom of the second. However, after a quiet first half of the third, the Barons added a run in the second half. Bullock, who reached base on a walk, scored on an RBI single to right field by Brendan King. The Barons still trailed behind the Bulldogs, 5-2, and the fourth through sixth innings remained scoreless by both teams.

The Bulldogs’ bats came alive in the top of the seventh. Their first batter walked, and one out later, another runner reached via base on balls. A line drive to left center by the Goochland leadoff batter scored the first run of the inning.

With two batters on base, a Barons pitching change brought in Joseph Walker, to relieve Chavis. A fly out to Allgood in left field produced the second out. The next batter hit a fly ball to right center, scoring the Bulldogs’ third run. Bluestone then got the third out, but another Goochland runner scored on the play, a passed ball on a strikeout. The rally increased the Bulldogs’ lead to six runs, 8-2, which is how the game ended.

Nate Newcomb went 2-for-3 at the plate, leading the Barons in hits. Josh Hite and Brendan King each collected an RBI, while Larry Bullock and Alex Csorba led the Barons, each hitting a double.

Thursday, May 9

Bluestone 16, Buckingham 7

The Barons came from behind and ended the week with another win, on the road, against the Buckingham Knights, 16-7.

The first few innings were quiet for the Barons as they went three-up-three down in the first and second; and went through four batters in the scoreless third inning.

Meantime, the Knights posted five runs, four earned and one unearned, in the bottom of the first. In the bottom of the third, the Barons made a pitching change, with Jordan Hill relieving Scott Nutter to record the final out. Trailing behind the Knights, the Barons closed the gap to a one run deficit by scoring four runs in the top of the fourth.

The run fest began with a line drive single up the first base line by Nate Newcomb. Brendan King doubled on a fly ball to center field (Landon Allgood was put in to run for King, the catcher); Joseph Walker flew out to the left fielder, scoring Newcomb; and Chris Gregory hit a fly ball to right field, scoring Allgood.

Leading the Barons 6-5, the Knights were unable to add to their lead in the bottom of the fourth.

The Barons continued to rally in the top of the fifth, adding four more runs to put them ahead. King was put on base on a line drive up the third base line, advancing Newcomb, who reached base on a base on balls. Walker also singled on a line drive up the third base line, advancing both Newcomb and Allgood, who was put in to run for King.

The Barons added three more runs in the sixth. Josh Hite singled on a blooper to left field, and Newcomb reached base on a third strike drop as Hite was stealing second. King’s fly ball to center field scored Hite, and Walker’s line drive to left field scored Allgood, running for King.

The last run came in on a ground out to the first baseman by Gregory. As the Knights began the bottom of the sixth, they were trailing the Barons, 12-6 and were only able to add one run.

The Knights were unable to hold off the Barons in the top of the seventh, as the Barons added four more runs. Hill began the inning reaching base on a ground ball to the first baseman, Bullock reached base on an error by the third baseman advancing Hill who later scored on a passed ball.

Josh Hite singled on a blooper to left center, advancing Bullock to third, King’s third-strike drop landed him on firs, and during Walker’s at bat, both Bullock and Hite scored on a passed ball; and Walker hit a line drive to left field, scoring Allgood (running for King).

Walker was put out during his at bat, on a 7-6 play to record the last out of the inning. The Knights were unable to make contact in the seventh, going three-up-three-down to end the inning with a final score of 16-7.

Hill took the victory, throwing 4 and 1/3 innings, striking out four, giving up one run on three hits. Nutter opened on the mound, throwing 2 and 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and six runs, striking out three and allowing no walks.

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