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Bluestone whips PE to even mark at 1-1 / March 20, 2019

The Bluestone varsity baseball team finished out the first week of the regular season with a 15-5 win over the Prince Edward County Eagles to improve to 1-1 in the James River District.

The defensive momentum began in the first inning for Bluestone with a caught pop fly by Barons’ second baseman, Larry Bullock. The second and third outs against Prince Edward were recorded on a fielder’s choice that led to a double play. Third baseman Noah Forbes scooped up the hard ground ball, tagged out the oncoming runner and swiftly threw the ball to Bullock for the force-out at second base to end the inning.

The second inning ended as quickly as the first, with a walk, a strike-out looking, and a dropped third strike that yielded another double play. Baron catcher Brendan King made an outstanding throw after locating the strikeout ball, firing it to Bullock for a tag-out on the runner attempting to steal second.

With no runs by the Eagles through the first two innings, the third inning represented a blip for the Barons, who allowed an earned run and two unearned runs. Nonetheless, Bluestone minimized the damage with a 4-6-3 double play — with Bullock retrieving the ball at second, throwing to shortstop Peyton Chavis for the force-out at second, and Chavis relaying to first baseman Nate Newcomb to record the second out.

The inning ended with leftfielder Isaac “Polo” Walker catching a fly ball off the eighth Eagle batter. Barons pitcher Scott Nutter continued his stealth appearance on the mound into the fifth and last inning, before being relieved by Al Csorba. The Eagles didn’t score again until the fifth inning, with one earned run and one unearned run.

Offensively, the Barons wielded hot bats and took advantage of fielding errors by the Eagles to rack up 15 runs — three unearned, the remaining 12 earned. Leading the RBI parade were King (5), Josh Hite (3), and Newcomb (1). The game ended in the bottom of the fifth inning with Nutter scoring from third base on a passed ball with Newcomb at the plate.

Nutter recorded the win.

The Barons will be on the road on Tuesday, March 19 at Amelia and again on Wednesday, March 20 at Central Lunenburg.

R-H pitcher tough to handle in opening day setback, 7-0

The Barons opened their regular season last Tuesday in Charlotte Courthouse with a 7-0 loss to the Randolph Henry Statesmen.

Although the Bluestone offense was uncharacteristically quiet, the Barons held back the competitive Statesmen — who had a .737 winning percentage in 2018 — for a good chunk of the game. Defensively, the Barons got a solid effort by senior hurler Nate Newcomb, who pitched into the fourth inning and mostly kept the Statesmen in check before being relieved by Peyton Chavis.

Most of the damage took place in the fourth and sixth innings, with Newcomb recording two outs in the fourth, giving up two earned and one unearned run. Chavis finished on the mound, facing a total of 13 batters, recording four strikeouts and giving up one earned and two unearned runs. Newcomb recorded the loss.

Due to the lack of adequate numbers to host a JV team, this year’s Barons’ varsity baseball team is comprised of eight returning seniors: Landon Allgood, Noah Forbes, Chris Gregory, Jordan Hill, Brendan King, Nathan Newcomb, Scott Nutter and Isaac “Polo” Walker.

Bluestone has six returning juniors: Larry Bullock, Alex Csorba, Dan Csorba, Josh Hite, Datrione Shearin and Joseph Walker. Newcomers to the team are sophomores Tristan Driggs, Nathan Hite and Camrin Morton, and freshmen Garrett Allgood and Peyton Chavis. The team is under the direction of head coach Nick Carter, assistant coaches Jonathan Wallace, Quan Smith and Harry John, and statistician Al Csorba.

The returning players will play with the memory of their former head coach, the late R. Tyler Reese, who passed away on August 21, 2018. At each game, the team honors the memory of Coach Reese in their team huddles with a chant of “Too Easy,” a phrase spoken by Coach Reese many times throughout the day.

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