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Bluestone records big wins over Buckingham, Cumberland / April 17, 2019

Trading leads back and forth with Buckingham on Wednesday, the Bluestone varsity baseball team was able to rally for the 15-13 home win, improving their James River District record to 4-4-0 and a fifth place standing in the district.

The Barons began the Buckingham game with Peyton Chavis on the mound, holding off runs in the top of the first inning. Bluestone jumped ahead of the Knights in the bottom of the first, taking a 1-0 lead on an RBI fly out to the centerfielder by Josh Hite, bringing in Larry Bullock, who made it on base with a triple line drive to the centerfielder.

Although the Knights answered back in the top of the second, scoring two earned runs on line drives hit to left field on two outs. The Barons were able to shut down Buckingham on a caught fly ball to centerfield by, Hite.

The Barons responded with a single earned run in the bottom of the second, on a line drive single to left field by Bullock, bringing Chavis across the plate, who made it on base with a base on balls.

Bluestone held the Knights scoreless in the top of the third inning. The bottom of the third remained quiet for the Barons as well. In the top of the fourth things got interesting, as the Knights plated five runs, breaking the tie and taking a 7-2 lead.

The Barons coaching staff changed pitchers with a newcomer, freshman Garrett Allgood, relieving Chavis on the mound. After a hit by pitch, and a passed ball, scoring another run for the Knights, the next batter brought in the last two runs of the inning on an error at short with an overthrow to first base.

Allgood shut down the inning with a strikeout swinging to the next batter. Trailing the Knights, the Barons were able to close the five-run gap.

Joseph Walker, who made it on base on an error and receiving another base, crossed the plate on an RBI ground out to third by Isaac Walker. The second run came with L. Allgood crossing the plate on a line drive hit by Bullock.

In the top of the fifth the Knights added to their lead with six more runs (one unearned and five earned) off Allgood. That prompted another pitching change with J. Hite — who had been on the injured list all last season and played as DH — coming in to relieve Allgood.

After recording all three outs, two on a double play and the third on a strike-out looking, the Barons got out of the inning, but were still trailing the Knights 13-2.

Determined to rally, the Barons came back fast and furious, adding five runs, beginning with an RBI fly out to center by Nate Newcomb, bringing in Scott Nutter, who made it on base with a ground single to left field.

A line-drive single by Brendan King up the baseline into left field brought up J. Hite, who made it on base with a hard ground ball single and an extra base on the throw to right field. After a Knight’s pitching change, Chris Gregory’s RBI hard ground ball to right center brought in King.

L. Allgood’s hard line drive shot to right center, drove in Joseph Walker (who made it on base on a ground ball) and Gregory, ending the inning still trailing, 13-9.

Another pitching change by the Barons took place in the top of the sixth, with Nutter relieving Hite. The Barons were able to hold off the Knights in the sixth and seventh innings.

The bottom of the sixth clinched the game for the Barons with three earned runs and three unearned runs crossing the plate. RBIs in the sixth inning were recorded by Walker on a line drive to right field, bringing in Gregory (who made it on base on an error). Bullock drove in Jordan Hill, who made it on base with a walk, and I. Walker on a line drive to left field.

The Barons took the victory by a score of 15-13. Offensively, RBIs were recorded by Bullock (4), L. Allgood (2), I. Walker (2), J. Hite (1), Newcomb (1), King (1) and Gregory (1). Nutter recorded the save on the mound.

April 11th – Bluestone Barons (7) at Cumberland Dukes (4)

Coming off the win over Buckingham the previous night, the Barons went on the road to meet the Cumberland Dukes and won another JRD matchup, 7-4.

The Barons took the lead in the top of the first inning and didn’t let go the entire game. The third batter in the line-up, Josh Hite, brought in the first run on a line drive shot to left field, plating Scott Nutter, who made it on base on an error in right field.

The fourth inning was the big moment for the Barons and clenched the win, with six runs coming across the plate. The rally broke a tie and gave Bluestone a 7-1 lead over the Dukes. Landon Allgood’s line drive to left field drove in the catcher, Brendan King, who was hit by a pitch.

Chris Gregory, L. Allgood and Jordan Hill all crossed the plate on walks or a hit by pitch; the final two runs were driven in on a line drive double to right center, bringing in Larry Bullock and Nutter, sealing the 7-1 lead over the Dukes.

Although the Dukes were able to score two earned runs in the bottom of the fifth and another in the bottom of the seventh, the Barons shut them down to win the game, 7-4.

RBIs were recorded by Josh Hite (1) and Isaac Walker (1). Nate Newcomb recorded the win on the mound, pitching for the Barons through the sixth inning before being relieved by Joseph Walker in the seventh.

The Barons are off the week of April 15 for spring break, but they will be back in action on the road on April 23 facing Prince Edward. The team will be back at home on Thursday, April 25 to face Amelia and finish the week at home on Friday, April 26 against Randolph-Henry.

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