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Park View infielder Justin Clary raps the game winning hit in the bottom of the 7th against Greensville County at PVHS Thursday evening. (Steve Hinzman photo) / April 03, 2019

Jarrett Hamby was 1 for 4 and Justin Clary went 2 for 5, but the duo’s best moment came when they combined for a seventh inning walk-off run to defeat Greensville County 6-5 at PVHS on Thursday.

The Eagles had staged a furious comeback and it appeared the game would go into extra innings, but the late-inning heroics saved the day for the Dragons as Hamby and Clary teamed up to score the winning run in thrilling fashion.

The game started out as a pitcher’s duel and neither team got any offense until the bottom of the third when Dragon leadoff batter Justin Clary was struck by a pitch and took his base. Clary then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch.

Dragon catcher Brandon Rolfe drew a walk and was replaced by courtesy runner Cameron Shook. This brought up Cameron Sheets and he promptly ripped a double to deep right, scoring Clary.

An impressive throw by the Greensville right fielder caught Shook at third for the first out of the inning. The Greensville pitcher regained his composure and got Jaison Dugger to strike out. After issuing a walk to Trevor Tanner, he got Dragon first baseman Jefferson Barmoy to ground into a fielder’s choice for the final out.

Both pitchers continued to battle. Justyn Hudson was on the mound for Park View and the score remained 1-0 in favor of the Dragons until the top of the fifth when Greensville tied it up via two consecutive walks and a single to center. Hudson gathered himself and got a strikeout and a ground out to end the inning.

The Park View offense came alive in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring four runs to move into a 5-1 lead. The rally started with J. Dugger drawing a walk and then stealing second. Dugger then took advantage of an error by the Eagle second baseman when the pitcher tried a pick-off move, allowing Dugger to reach third base standing up. T. Tanner then drew a walk putting runners at the corners.

Dragon skipper Mike Barmoy ratcheted up the pressure, promptly sending the signal to Tanner who stole second in aggressive fashion. Things went badly for the Eagles on the play as Dugger scored on a wild pitch and the Eagle catcher, attempting to pick Tanner off at third, saw the throw bobbled by the Greensville third baseman, allowing Tanner to score easily. The play staked PV to a 3-1 lead.

Next up for the Dragons, Ethan Stanley drew a walk before Mason Mills grounded into a fielder’s choice to short, forcing Stanley at second.

Jarrett Hamby stepped to the plate for Park View and drew a walk, advancing Mills to second. After a Greensville pitching change, PV leadoff batter Justin Clary stepped to the plate and pounded a liner to right for a double, scoring Mills and Hamby and giving the Dragons a 5-1 lead.

Dragon pitcher J. Hudson retired the Eagle side on just 14 pitches in the top of the sixth to move that much closer to an easy win. The Eagles had no plans to give up, however, and after the Dragons failed to score in the bottom of the sixth, Greensville went to the plate in the top of the seventh and put a scare into the Dragon team, coaches and fans.

The Eagles opened the top of the seventh with a double to left on relief pitcher J. Hamby. The next Eagle batter got some help from the PV defense as he put the ball into play and reached on an error by first baseman J. Barmoy. The next Greensville batter rapped a single to right, scoring the leadoff batter.

After the Eagles got another two-run single off Hamby, Coach Barmoy pulled the trigger and sent M. Mills to the mound to try and get Park View out of trouble. But Mills fared little better as the infield defense for the Dragons continued to help out Greensville.

Third baseman Cameron Sheets committed an error to allow an unearned run, putting the lead in jeopardy with Greensville drew to within a run, 5-4.

The next Eagle batter put the ball into play and reached on an error by the Dragon shortstop J. Clary, allowing the tying run to cross the plate. Mills, still on the mound for PV, got the next Greensville batter to pop up to Sheets at third to end the side.

Park View came to bat in the bottom of the seventh needing some magic — and they got it. M. Mills led off and hit a towering shot that many thought had walk-off homer written all over it, but the ball fell just short of the fence into the glove of the Greensville left fielder. Next up to the plate was J. Hamby, who atoned for his struggles on the mound by hitting a zinger right across the third base bag.

Next to the plate was Dragon infielder J. Clary, who had also struggled in the top part of the inning on defense. Like Hamby, Clary found redemption by hitting a hard grounder to left scoring Hamby for the walk-off RBI.

For the Dragons, J. Hudson had another fine outing on the mound, going six innings and striking out three, issuing three walks and one earned run. On offense Clary led the way going 2 for 5 with 3 RBI, one of them the game winner. Hamby was 1 for 4 with his clutch double coming at the perfect time. Sheets, Rolfe and Mills also recorded hits.

Park View 12, Surry County 2

The Dragons fell behind early but were dominant in the final four innings to take a 12-2 win over the Surry County Cougars at PVHS Tuesday evening.

Both teams scored one run in the first and then Surry County scored a go-ahead run in the top of the 3rd before the Dragon offense got on track and took care of business, scoring three runs in the third, two each in the fourth and fifth and four in the sixth before the Cougar coach threw in the towel giving PV an easy victory.

Dragon catcher Brandon Rolfe led the way for PV going 4 for 5 with 3 RBIs and crossing the plate three times himself. Justin Clary, Cameron Sheets, Mason Mills and Trevor Tanner all recorded hits for the Dragons as well.

Three Dragon pitchers shared the load with Cameron Shook getting the start. He pitched two innings striking out three, walking two and allowing one run. Jefferson Barmoy would come in for middle relief and would get three “Ks”, three walks and allow one run. T. Tanner came in to close it out and struck out two and issued one walk before the game was called.

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