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Dragons continue playoff run / May 30, 2018

Park View began the week looking for a break in the rainy weather as they continue their quest for a state baseball tournament berth.

The Dragons were set to play Hopewell High School in the second round of the 3A East Regional Tournament on Tuesday, but the prospects for getting the game in were uncertain due to wet weather. The game, to be played on the road in Colonial Heights, was pushed back from the original Monday schedule by an iffy forecast.

The delays have done nothing to diminish the luster of Park View’s 10-0 win over Phoebus in the first round regional game in South Hill on Friday.

Against Phoebus, Trevor Tanner dominated from the mound with five sparkling innings, and closer Chris Gray finished off the Phantoms to send them home to Hampton.

Tanner threw just 59 pitches in his five-inning stint, struck out six, walked six and allowed just one hit. Gray came in for the sixth inning and set down three batters, walked no one and allowed no hits while throwing just 23 pitches.

At the plate the Dragons were an impressive 11 for 27 with seven RBIs, five walks and five strikeouts. Herbey Burgart led the Dragons offensively, going 2 for 3 with an RBI and no strikeouts. Brandon Rolfe and Jefferson Barmoy both had multiple hits in the victory. Rolfe went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Barmoy was also 2 for 4. Reid Piercy, Cameron Pearce, Mason Mills, and Trevor Tanner all contributed hits as well.

Park View opened strong with three runs in the bottom of the first. Piercy led off with a single to left and then advanced quickly to third on a wild pitch and a sequence of Phantom errors. M. Mills then drew a walk. After Mills stole second, Piercy scored on a wild pitch and Mills advanced to third. Burgart then ripped a pitch to deep center for a double, scoring Mills for a 2-0 lead.

Isaiah Thompson was sent to second as a courtesy runner for Burgart and quickly stole third. He scored on an error by the Phantom catcher, Bradley Cole. After a walk, PV hit into a groundout to end the inning, but by then they had the lead, 3-0.

PV added two runs in the bottom of the second as Justyn Hudson drew a walk and Cameron Pearce singled on a bunt. Hudson scored on an error by the Phantom first baseman and Pearce advanced to second on the same play. Pearce, recovering from a recent injury, promptly stole third and then scored on a deep sac fly by Piercy.

The Dragons would go on to add runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings while holding the Phantoms scoreless.

With the victory, the Dragons improved to 17-4 but more importantly move on in the regional tournament. To qualify for the state tournament, all regional games must be completed before Friday. The forecast for the rest of the week calls for clearing skies by Thursday.

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