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Bluestone rallies to beat Prince Edward

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Katlyn Shanklin / March 29, 2017
Bluestone went 1-1 in James River District action last week, besting Buckingham 10-6 Thursday.

Freshman pitcher Katlyn Shanklin earned the win for Bluestone.

The girls returned to their home field on Friday but weren’t as fortunate as a late-game rally against Brunswick came up short. Bluestone lost that game 14-9.

First-year head coach Shelby Brown said the team is young but they are working to win.

Brown said she saw lots to like in the past week but also a good amount the players need work on. Bluestone opened the season with a 22-3 loss to Randolph-Henry.

The varsity girls also came up short in a hard-fought, 6-5 battle with Prince Edward, handing Bluestone their first JRD loss of the season. Brown summarized their first full week of action as “needs work, but positive.

“Came out pretty strong and we fought throughout the first game,” Brown said referring to the PE loss. “Came out Thursday and fought really hard and came out on top.

“We are a young team and we’re working hard each day on our mistakes and our errors to overcome those.”

In the top of the first, Shanklin recorded two outs, the first on a 2-6 combo play on defense and the second on strikes. Buckingham’s next batter ripped a triple and was plated by her teammate on-deck for a 1-0 lead.

Bluestone came to the plate and with one down, Hannah Mull drove a double. Mull quickly advanced to third but was left on base to close out the inning.

The Lady Knights’ first batter up in the top of the second hit a double. Although nice defense held Buckingham at bay, the Knights managed to send home their second run of the game.

Leandrea Lipscomb led off the next inning for the Lady Barons with a single. With one down, Madison Lort blasted a double.

With two outs, Shanklin and Meredith Finch drew walks. Lipscomb and Lort came home on a solid single by Mull.

The game was knotted at 2-2 entering the third.

Buckingham’s first two batters at the top of the third earned a walk and hit a double, in that order. Both players later crossed home to bring the score to 4-2, Buckingham.

Bluestone went three-up, three-down on strikes in the third.

The Lady Knights’ first two batters in the top of the fourth popped out and struck out. The next three batters got on base, but some great defense by Bluestone shut Buckingham down to take the game to the bottom of the fourth.

Bluestone came alive in the fourth to earn six runs. Lort led off the inning with a stand-up double and Shanklin followed with a double.

Both Kaylee Newton and Finch walked to load the bases and Mull knocked them in with a double. Morgan Tharpe walked and eventually was plated on DeQuasha Smith’s double for an 8-4 Bluestone lead.

Bluestone picked up two additional runs in the fifth. Shanklin and Finch both hit singles and came home on some nice batting and base running for the 10-6 win.

Brunswick 14, Bluestone 9

Brunswick jumped on Bluestone early in Friday game’s by scoring seven runs in the first inning. The Barons fought back with two back-to-back singles by Meredith Finch and Hannah Mull, scoring off Morgan Tharpe’s triple.

Bluestone ended the first inning scoring three runs. Brunswick posted three more runs in the second off a walk and two hits, and scored one run in both the third and fourth innings.

Bluestone’s Lainey Jones scored after hitting a triple the bottom of the fourth. The tally stood at 12-4 up until the bottom of the sixth.

Bluestone rallied by scoring four runs by Finch, Mull, Tharpe, and Madison Yancey. The Bulldogs came back and scored two more in the top of the seventh, while the Barons scored only one by Leandrea Lipscomb. The game ended,14-9, with the Bulldogs coming out on top.

Prince Edward 6, Bluestone 5

This was a hard-fought battle between both teams. Bluestone never gave up and fell just short.

PE had a big fourth inning, going up 5-1. Bluestone came back to tie the score, 5-5, in the top of the fifth.

PE scored one run in the bottom of the sixth after a triple, and then a single.

Shanklin did well on the mound for Bluestone with 11 strike-outs and only two walks.

Sophomore Hannah Mull went 2-4 at the plate while juniors Morgan Tharpe and DaQuasha Smith both went 1-2, with a walk each.

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