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Bluestone varsity baseball splits week, 1-1 / April 25, 2018
The week began for the Bluestone varsity baseball team with the redemption of a 9-8 victory over the Greensville Eagles on Wednesday, following the Barons’ 5-1 loss to Greensville the prior Friday.

Bluestone’s Scott Nutter got the win against Greensville, facing 26 batters through six innings on the mound for the Barons. Sophomore Joseph Walker relieved Nutter in the top of the seventh inning and faced eight batters to finish out the game.

The Barons held off Greensville in the top of the first inning, with two strikeouts and a 6-3 play with Larry Bullock at shortstop and Nate Newcomb at first.

In the bottom of the first inning, the Barons — who were facing the same pitcher from Friday’s game — were able to bat around and put seven runs on the board. Designated hitter Josh Hite had an RBI single and an extra base hit on an error that scored Larry Bullock, who reached base on a single to left field and stole second base on the throw.

A Greensville error allowed Brendan King to reach base, plating Nutter, who reached base with a base on balls. Noah Forbes singled to left field scoring Brendan King. Isaac “Polo” Walker reached base on an error at shortstop, scoring Noah Forbes.

Jordan Hill singled to left center, scoring Isaac Walker, and Larry Bullock finished putting the runs on the board with a single to left field and an extra base on an overthrow, scoring Jordan Hill.

Greensville answered back in the top of the second inning, putting five runs on the board led by an RBI double from the Greensville pitcher.

The Barons scored again in the bottom of the third inning with a sac fly by Nutter for the RBI. The Barons kept the 8-5 lead over Greensville until the top of the seventh inning when Greensville tied the game and finished their outing, putting three more runs on the board with a stream of base hits.

With Friday’s loss in mind, the Barons came back and won the game with a walk off RBI by Bullock, scoring Joseph Walker, who reached base on an error.

The Barons are coached by head coach Tyler Reese and assisted by Nick Carter.

Randolph-Henry 6, Bluestone 3

The Bluestone Barons varsity baseball team traveled to Charlotte Courthouse on Thursday, April 19 to face the Randolph-Henry Statesmen, facing much colder temperatures than the previous day, with high winds and faster pitching.

The Barons were led on the mound by junior Nate Newcomb, who pitched the entire game, facing 31 batters. Bluestone held off the Statesmen until bottom of the third inning, when R-H was able to put four runs on the board.

Although the Barons committed a few errors in the field, they also recorded some outstanding double plays. In the bottom of the second inning, the Barons defense shortened the inning with a 5-4-3 double play, with a throw from Noah Forbes at third base to Nutter at second base to Joseph Walker at first, recording the first two outs of the inning.

The second double play took place in the bottom of the fourth inning, 6-4-3.

Although the Barons continued their solid defensive play into the last inning, they allowed R-H an additional run.

Offensively, the Barons’ three runs came at the top of the fifth inning. The rally featured an RBI single by Newcomb to score Forbes, who reached base with a base on balls.

Isaac Walker singled to left field and received an extra base on an overthrow, scoring Newcomb. Bullock reached base on an error by the pitcher. With runners at the corners, Walker went on to score Bluestone’s final run.

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