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Dragons whip Greensville, but let Southampton come away with win / April 21, 2010
The Park View Dragons picked up an important Southside District win last Tuesday against Greensville, dealing the Eagles a 5-1 setback behind the stellar pitching of senior Cody Walker.

Two days later, however, the Dragons suffered a heartbreaking loss to Southampton, falling 6-5 in an extra inning affair on the road.

In Tuesday’s win over Greensville, Walker was sensational, going the distance and giving up only one run while fanning eight. The lone Greensville run was unearned, coming on a hit, a walk and an error.

Park View plated two runs in the first inning when Joey Jones and Russ Inge each stroked RBI singles to bring home runners who reached on walks and errors. Park View’s next run, in the third, was also something of a gift as Inge reached base via a walk and scored on a balk call against the Greensville pitcher.

With Walker keeping the Eagles’ bats in check, Park View extended the lead to 5-1 in the fifth on a Rob Clary single, an Eric Hudson walk, and another single by Inge. That would prove to be it as the Dragons shut down Greensville the rest of the way and sent them packing with the 5-1 loss.

On Thursday, the Dragons had their chances against host Southampton. With the score tied 5-5 in the eighth, the Dragons had two runners reach base in the top half of the inning, but they couldn’t get the big hit when they needed it.

Instead, Southampton prevailed in the bottom of the eighth on a pair of singles to bring home the winning run.

Park View also fell victim to some sloppy defense during the ballgame, negating a strong pitching performance by starter Clint Thompson and reliever Ryan Mills. All five runs that Southampton scored before the eighth came as a result of defensive miscues.

Park View got all of its runs in the first inning on five singles, two walks and a fielders choice. Getting hits in the frame were Clary, Hudson, Thompson and Jones, with Thompson’s blow driving in the final run of the frame to give Park View an early 5-0 lead.

The Indians came back with two runs in the bottom of the first, two more in the fifth and one in the sixth to tie the score 5-5. After Park View wasted a golden opportunity in the sixth with two baserunners stranded, the game went into extra innings with the Indians coming out on top.

The action last week left the Dragons with as 4-5 overall record, 3-1 in the Southside District, with Park View returning to action last night (Tuesday) against Bluestone at home. The Dragons travel to Lawrenceville Thursday to face the Brunswick Bulldogs.

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