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Park View infielder Cameron Sheets gets a high five from Coach Barmoy rounding third after hitting the Dragons’ first home run of the 2018 season. (Steve Hinzman photo) / April 11, 2018

The Park View Dragons varsity baseball team on Friday looked to even the score with the Randolph-Henry Statesmen, who had beaten the Dragons fairly handily at Charlotte Courthouse in the first game of the season. Before the game, Dragon head coach Mike Barmoy said, “We just didn’t play that well up there [at RHHS]. I think we can beat them, but we can’t make any mistakes.”

Consider it mission accomplished: behind another solid outing by left-handed starter Chris Gray and solid defense, the Dragons were able to get their revenge in a hard-fought game, winning 3-2.

Gray pitched four strong innings and struck out five, walking just one and allowing two earned runs on two hits to get credit for the win. Gray was relieved by Hunter Sykes in the fourth and he got the save, striking out two and walking two.

The Dragons got on the board with a run in the bottom of the first after the Statesmen stranded one runner in the top of the inning. Hunter Sykes led off for the Dragons and crushed a fastball to right for a triple. With one out, Sykes followed up his solid hitting with excellent base running and scored on a wild pitch.

After two scoreless innings, the Statesman offense came alive and scored two in the top of the fourth to take the lead. Jackson Harding led off the side for R-H with a walk and was followed up by Carter Strickland with a triple to right field, scoring Harding. The next batter, Skyler Lacks, grounded into a fielder’s choice to Dragon second baseman Reid Piercy, who went to first for the sure out as Strickland scored on the sacrifice. Gray got the next two batters but the damage was done.

The Statesman lead was short-lived, however, as Park View scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take back the lead. The highlight of the inning, indeed the game, came when Dragon third baseman and power hitter Cameron Sheets hit his — and the team’s — first homer of the season off of Statesman pitcher Eli Moore, driving the ball into the PVHS bleachers just below the press box.

Trevor Tanner followed with a double on a sharply-hit ball towards third. After a strikeout by Justyn Hudson, Dragon first baseman Jefferson Barmoy hit a single to the shortstop, advancing Tanner to third.

Mason Mills came to the plate and hit a clutch single to right field on a 1-and-1 count, scoring Tanner from third to give PV the 3-2 lead.

The Statesman never really threatened to retake the lead and the Dragons defense held strong to seal the victory. With the win, the Dragons improved to 5-2 on the season. They next will next face Brunswick County at PVHS on Thursday, April 12.

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