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Bluestone slams Cumberland 20-3 to end regular season

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Senior Cameron Tucker was recognized during Bluestone's baseball senior night. (Mike Moseley photo) / May 23, 2018
Bluestone varsity baseball team traveled to Cumberland last week to wrap up regular season play and won handily, 20-3.

Bluestone jumped all over the Dukes from the outset, scoring 10 runs and driving the Dukes’ pitching count to 52 pitches in the first inning.

The game began with lead batter Larry Bullock laying down a bunt and reaching first base before the Dukes recovered the ball. The Barons’ second batter, Scott Nutter, reached base with a base on balls, followed by Josh Hite who hit an RBI line drive single to right field, scoring Bullock.

Nate Newcomb reached base with a base on balls, followed by J. Walker who hit a two-run double to left field. The hit was deemed a ground rule double due to the ball bouncing over the outfield fence. The knock scored Nutter and Newcomb. Hite was later picked off at second base on an attempted steal.

With three runs already in, the Barons kept going through their lineup with a single to left field by Brendan King, an RBI line drive up the middle by Jordan Hill to plate J. Walker, and an error at shortstop that allowed Chris Gregory to reach base. With two outs, the Barons brought back the top of their line-up and scored four additional runs before their half of the inning came to a close.

Bluestone got the rest of its runs on Cumberland errors, bases on balls and two RBI hits, one by Josh Hite and the second by Nate Newcomb. Bluestone had eight earned runs and two unearned runs, leaving three players on base.

Bluestone continued its scoring blitz by plating five runs in the top of the second inning, starting with Gregory hitting a double to left center. A rather unusual RBI single by Issac Walker up the first base line scored Gregory. The ground ball hugged the first base line; thinking the ball was going foul, the Dukes’ catcher didn’t play the ball, allowing Walker to reach first base, as the ball stayed in fair territory.

Nutter hit an RBI single to right center, scoring Walker. Josh Hite hit a single with a line drive to right field, Newcomb got out on a ground ball to first, however, not before scoring Bullock.

J. Walker hit an RBI single to left field, scoring Nutter; King finished the runs scored with a fly out to shortstop, plating Hite.

The remainder of the runs by the Barons were scored in the top of the fourth and fifth innings. In the fifth inning, Walker hit the key blow, a two-RBI single to right center; the remaining run was scored with bases loaded as a base on balls forced in the last run for the Barons.

Defensively, the Barons were on fire, beginning with the crafty pitching of Nutter, who shut down Cumberland over five innings, facing 24 batters, striking out five and holding the pitch count to 76 pitches.

The Barons ended the regular season with a James River District record of 5-10-0, 6-12-0, good enough for sixth place in a nine-team field. The team now prepares for the opening round of region playoffs.

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