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Dragon baserunner Brandon Rolfe beats the throw to the plate to score in PV’s victory over Brunswick County on Thursday. (Steve Hinzman photo)
SoVaNow.com / April 18, 2018
The Park View Dragons had a busy but successful week as the varsity baseball team defeated Greensville, Brunswick and Nottoway. Here are recaps from all three games:



Dragons survive late rally, best Greensville Eagles for sixth win

After scoring nine runs through the first four innings, the Park View Dragons had to fight off a determined effort in the bottom of the sixth by the Greensville County High Eagles to preserve a 9-4 victory Tuesday night in Emporia.

The Dragons started strong as Hunter Sykes hit a leadoff single to left and then advanced on a sac bunt by PV second baseman Reid Piercy. The third batter to the plate was Cameron Sheets, or “Big C” as he is affectionately known, and he ripped a triple to right to drive in Sykes. Chris Gray then hit a single to right field, scoring Sheets. After a shallow fly ball out by catcher Herby Burgart, the next batter, Trevor Tanner, put the ball into play with a tricky little shot to short. The throw to first was wild, allowing Gray to score on the error. Tanner was then picked off attempting to steal second to end the side with Park View leading 3-0.

After the Eagles went scoreless in the bottom of the first, Park View got busy with the bats again in the top of the second. Jefferson Barmoy drew a walk and next up, Brandon Rolfe successfully advanced Barmoy to second with a bunt single. Both Barmoy and Rolfe advanced on a wild pitch, putting both runners in scoring position with Patrick Moss at the plate.

Barmoy then scored on another passed ball and Rolfe advanced to third. Moss drew a walk and was followed to the plate by the leadoff batter H. Sykes, who continued his hot streak by ripping a double to center to score both Rolfe and Moss. Sykes came around to score on a grounder by Reid Piercy. The next two batters struck out but the damage was already done, with PV up 7-0.

Park View added two runs in the top of the fourth as the top of the order once again tagged the Greensville pitcher. Sykes, who went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, led off with another triple. Piercy drew a walk and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Sheets (2 for 4 with two RBIs) singled to center in what many thought might be his second homerun of the season. The hard shot scored Sykes and advancing Piercy to third.

After a Park View strikeout, Herbie Burgart hit a blooper to left that dropped in for a single, scoring Piercy and advancing Sheets to third. T. Tanner hit a shot right to the pitcher for a groundout, but it brought in Sheets for the final Dragon score. The Dragons held a solid 9-0 lead.

The Eagles made it interesting in the bottom of the sixth, taking their measure of Dragon relief pitcher Mason Mills. Mills walked the first two batters, and A. Atcherson stepped up and ripped a double to center that scored one runner and sent the other to third base. Another double by an Eagle batter brought in two more runs, and Greensville scored the fourth run of the inning on a ground ball sacrifice. This prompted Dragons head coach Mike Barmoy to call on his bullpen, bringing in closer Justyn Hudson. Hudson induced a flyout and a walk before striking out an Eagle batter to end the inning.

The seventh inning proved uneventful and the Dragons headed back to South Hill weary but victorious.



Park View 15, Brunswick 10

The Dragons overcame a big lead by the Brunswick Bulldogs to rally over their visitors from the east, 15-10, Thursday night at Park View.

Brunswick jumped out in front with seven runs in the third inning, powered by a grand slam by Bulldog batter K. Walker. Brunswick took advantage of Dragon pitcher Jefferson Barmoy’s lack of control, uncustomary for the sophomore hurler.

Barmoy pitched just 2-2/3 innings and threw a whopping 71 pitches, allowing five walks, hitting two batters, surrendering only two hits (including the grand slam) and eight runs.

Reliever Mason Mills took over in the third and steadied the ship, going 3-1/3 innings and striking out six, allowing two walks, three hits and one run. Justyn Hudson closed it out in a one-run seventh for Brunswick.

For the Bulldogs, Stephen Cline put in a workmanlike effort, going 5-1/3 innings and throwing a stunning 105 pitches. He allowed 15 runs on 15 hits (nine earned), while striking out four and walking five.

With a stiff wind blowing out from home plate, the game became a bit of a long ball affair for both teams. Walker’s blast with the bases loaded came on a Barmoy fastball that the Brunswick hitter sent into the bleachers just below the press box for one of the highlights of the season. With the grand slam, Brunswick took a seemingly comfortable 8-2 lead.

But the Dragons put together an excellent offensive effort in the fourth inning to take the lead back. P. Moss and J. Hudson drew walks to start the inning and then leadoff man H. Sykes put a grounder through the gap into right for a single, scoring Moss and advancing Hudson to second.

After a force play led to an out at third, C. Sheets stepped to the plate and crushed the first pitch Cline served him to deep left field over the fence for a three-run homer. Herbie Burgart then ripped a double into center field and B. Rolfe hit a hard shot to third. The throw to first went wide, allowing Burgart to score. Sophomore T. Tanner stepped to the plate and hit a single to scoring Rolfe and tying it up at 8-all.

Park View scored one more run in the frame to go ahead 9-8, then the Dragons got three more runs in the fifth for a 12-8 lead. The key knock was a two-out, two-run double by B. Rolfe, who later came around to score on a single by T. Tanner.

Brunswick scored solo runs in the sixth and seventh, but Park View put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the sixth for the 15-10 final. The highlight of the sixth inning outburst was a monster shot to the deep right field by H. Sykes, with the ball staying in the ballpark. Sykes put on a baserunning clinic as he speedily rounded the diamond and came home for an inside-the-park home run, driving in three runs.

Afterwards Dragons head coach Mike Barmoy said, “This is the first game where our pitching wasn’t real good. Jefferson [Barmoy] couldn’t find the plate, walked the first four but then we got the next six out …. Yeah, they got a grand slam but you take away the walks and mistakes and that’s a whole different inning. But that’s how it is.

“One good thing if you’re going to get down big, then you better get down early so you have time to come back,” Barmoy added. “We started hitting the ball and I’m proud of the way these kids kept battling.”

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Playing their third game of the week against the Nottoway Cougars on Friday, Park View got a big lift from three pitchers who threw a combined one-hitter, blanking Nottoway 6-0.

Chris Gray got the start for PV, pitching three innings and striking out four with no hits and no walks allowed. He was relieved by Trevor Tanner who pitched two innings and allowed one hit, striking out one and walking one. Hunter Sykes closed it out with two stellar innings, striking out two and walking two and not allowing any hits.

Offensively the Dragons showed great patience at the plate by drawing 13 walks. Sykes led the offense, going 2 for 4 with two RBIs and scoring twice. The balance of the Dragon RBIs came courtesy of J. Barmoy, H. Burgart, B. Rolfe, and J. Hudson.

With the three wins last week, the Dragons improved to 8-2 on the season. They next travel to Sussex to face the Tigers of Sussex Central High.

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