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Dragons defeat Surry, Greensville in district battles

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Third baseman Brandon Rolfe fields a tricky chopper against Surry County. / May 09, 2018
Park View varsity baseball picked up two victories this week to run their Tri-Rivers District record to 13-3 and preserve their place in the postseason pecking order.

The baseball team shut out Surry County 4-0 Tuesday at home and turned around and crushed Greensville County 13-3 on Wednesday at PVHS.

With the wins, Park View held onto its share of the regular season lead in the district, in a three-way tie with Southampton and Windsor. Southampton owns the tiebreaker over Park View by way of two victories against the Dragons this season.

Against Surry County on Tuesday night, Dragon head coach Mike Barmoy leaned heavily on his bullpen — using four pitchers over seven innings to shut out the visiting Cougars.

Righthanded sophomore Jefferson Barmoy got the start and threw 64 pitches over four innings of work. His control was good and he allowed just one hit, no runs, struck out six while walking just two. Jason Dugger, Mason Mills and Justyn Hudson closed the game out and combined to strike out five, walk one and continue the shutout to get Barmoy the win.

Offensively, the Dragons went 9 for 27 with Cameron Sheets, Hunter Sykes, Brandon Rolfe and Hudson getting two hits each. Trevor Tanner had one hit to complete Park View’s production. Scoring runs for the Dragons were Sykes, Rolfe, Tanner and Reid Piercy.

Park View got on the scoreboard with two runs in the bottom of the first after H. Sykes singled to center and then was advanced to second by J. Barmoy, who hit into a fielder’s choice and was out at first. Rolfe then hit a two-out single to right field to score Sykes from second.

Hudson then took advantage of a throwing error by the Cougar shortstop to reach first and advance to second and send Rolfe to third. Rolfe alertly drove for home on a passed ball and scored before Herbey Burgart grounded out to short to end the inning.

The Dragons added two more in the bottom of the second when Piercy was struck by a Cougar pitch. He stole second and Tanner ripped a single to center, scoring Piercy and allowing Tanner to advance to second. After a fly ball out, Sykes took the Cougar pitcher to deep center for a double that sailed over the Cougar outfielder, scoring Tanner.

Neither team scored from there, although Piercy got on base a second time when he was struck by a pitch to the batting helmet in the bottom of the third. Piercy was able to continue but the Dragons couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity.

Park View 13, Greensville 3

A double steal by Barmoy and Patrick Moss and a well-hit double by Isaiah Thomas started an eight-run fourth inning that would lead to a 13-3 shellacking by the Dragons over the visiting Greensville County Eagles Thursday night at PVHS field.

Going into the fourth, Park View held a tenuous 3-2 lead over the Eagles. Barmoy led off the inning with a fly ball to left that netted him a single. Moss came to the plate next and bunted, reaching first on an error by the pitcher and advancing Barmoy to second.

Thompson came to the plate and after fouling off the first pitch, Coach Barmoy put on the always exciting, rarely successful double steal and this time it worked, putting Barmoy on third and Moss on second. Thompson then ripped a double over the head of the Greensville centerfielder and scored both Barmoy and Moss to put PV in front, 5-2.

Sykes hit a chopper to first for a single, advancing the speedy Thompson to third. Dragon senior second baseman Piercy singled to right, scoring Thompson and Sykes who had previously stolen second. Cameron Sheets hit a deep fly ball to left that looked as if it might be a home run, but the Greensville left fielder made an excellent play tracking it down for the out.

Next up, Burgart laced another deep fly to left and this one fooled the Eagle and dropped in for a double, scoring Piercy. After Trevor Tanner singled to short to advance Burgart to third, Hudson walked to load the bases for Park View with just one out.

This brought up J. Barmoy who, grounded into a fielder’s choice scoring Rolfe and advancing Tanner to third while Hudson was erased at second. Moss then singled to right, scoring Tanner and advancing Barmoy to third. I. Thompson came to the plate for the second time in the inning and ripped another hard shot to second base to score Barmoy and advance Moss to second.

Greensville finally got the third out on a ground ball, but PV came away from the inning with an insurmountable 11-2 lead.

The Dragons were set to face Windsor on Monday, May 7 in a pivotal game with district playoff implications.

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