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Dragons top Windsor in first round of TRD / May 23, 2018

Despite allowing a three-run home run in the top of the third, the Park View varsity baseball team was able to a score a decisive 6-3 win over Windsor in the first round of the Tri-Rivers District playoffs.

Right-handed junior hurler Hunter Sykes got the start on the mound for the Dragons (17-3). Sykes pitched well but exited after three innings, missing out on the win.

He got in trouble in the top of the third when the Dukes lead-off batter Zach Walsh reached on a ground-ball error. After a walk put Walsh in scoring position, both runners scored on a two-out homer by Jacob Council, who served Sykes’ first pitch Sykes over the fence in center field to put Windsor up, 3-0.

The Dragons scored one run in the bottom of the third when Reid Piercy, who had reached base on a dropped third strike, came around to home plate on a single and error by the Dukes.

It was in the bottom of the fourth that the Dragon bats came alive. Leadoff batter Justyn Hudson reached on a dropped third strike and Jefferson Barmoy stroked a line shot single to left, advancing Hudson to second. After a deep fly ball out, Dragon third baseman Mason Mills laid down a textbook bunt and reached first, scoring Hudson and advancing Barmoy to third. Mills reached second on the throw.

Next batter up, Sykes hit into a fielder’s choice and was tagged out at first, but Barmoy scored from third and Mills advanced to third. Mills then scored on a wild pitch with Piercy back up at the plate to knot the score, 3-3.

The Dukes wouldn’t threaten for the rest of the game and the Dragons added three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the victory over Windsor (13-6).

“We’re moving on to the district championship, that’s what we’ve been looking for,” said PV coach Mike Barmoy afterwards. “We will get the winner of the Southampton/Brunswick game and we don’t care who we play, we just need to play.”

With the win, Park View will move on to face Southampton High School at Courtland on Thursday night for the Tri-Rivers District championship. Southampton defeated Brunswick County 12-2 on Tuesday to advance to the final. Regional tournament play will begin Friday, May 25 with an opponent TBD, but the game will be played at Park View.

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