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Dragons undefeated in district play

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Cameron Sheets puts a high fastball in play during the Dragons’ victory over the Southampton Indians at PVHS Thursday. (Steve Hinzman photo)
SoVaNow.com / May 22, 2019


The Park View baseball team held off Southampton Thursday night at PVHS for a hard fought 2-1 victory to win the 2019 Tri-Rivers District championship. The Dragons, 19-1 and undefeated in the district, relied on a duo of pitchers to get the job done.

Senior Hurler Mason Mills got the start on the mound for PV. He pitched three solid innings, throwing just 38 pitches while allowing a single hit and holding the Indians scoreless. Junior Justyn Hudson took over on the mound for PV in the top of the fourth inning and he continued to befuddle Southampton’s batters, striking out five while allowing two hits, one run and issuing a single walk.

Offensively the Dragons scored in the bottom of the first and again in the bottom of the third. In the opening frame, leadoff batter Justin Clary reached first when he hit a chopper to short that was bobbled and thrown too late too first to get the out. Jarrett Hamby nailed one for a single to right field that advanced Clary to third. Hamby also advanced to second on the throw.

The next Dragon batter, Cameron Sheets, patiently drew a walk to load the bases for senior outfielder Jaison Dugger who slapped one to third for a fielder’s choice that resulted in Clary being thrown out at home.

With the bases still loaded, Brandon Rolfe stepped into the box and delivered a shot to short for the second fielder’s choice in a row. This time J. Hamby scored on the play but J. Dugger was put out at second. The Indian pitcher then picked Sheets off at third to end the side with PV leading 1-0.

In the bottom of the third for Park View, Jarrett Hamby drew a walk and then scored when Cameron Sheets ripped a grounder through the gap to left for an RBI double.

The Indians made things interesting in the top of the seventh when J. Cross reached on a pop fly error and then advanced to third on a double. Only a strong throw from PV outfielder Patrick Moss prevented the score. J. Haydu, in the batter’s box for Southampton, sent a tricky bouncer to second and the resulting error allowed J. Cross to score, leaving the tying and go-ahead runs on base.

Justyn Hudson, on the mound for Park View, was unfazed and induced a pop out to the next Southampton batter, J. Billups. With the go-ahead run still aboard, Hudson struck out the next batter on four pitches to end the game.

With the victory, the Dragons improved to 20-1 for the season and will host Lakeland High School in the first round of the VHSL Class 3 East region playoffs opening round on Wednesday, May 22 at PVHS.



Park View region playoff schedule
» Baseball is hosting Lakeland in the East Region first round on Wednesday, May 22 at 5 p.m. at PVHS
» PV softball is hosting Colonial Heights at the same time, May 22
» Boys soccer is hosting Phoebus on Wednesday, May 22 at 6 p.m.
» Girls soccer traveling to Lakeland Wednesday, game time 5 p.m.





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