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The Bluestone varsity softball team recognized Meredith Finch, escorted by her brother Nathan and mother, Samantha Finch; Sarah Mackenze Moore, escorted by her uncle Robbie Carter and mother, Kimberly Moore; sophomore German exchange-student Catharina Panzer escorted by her host family, Christopher and Kimberly Mullins and senior Morgan Tharpe escorted by her parents Anne and Dwyane Tharpe. (Mike Moseley photo) / May 23, 2018
Bluestone varsity softball team ended its regular season in style, defeating the Cumberland Dukes 11-1 in Skipwith on Senior Night.

Before the game began, Meredith Finch, Sarah Moore and Morgan Tharpe were recognized for their contributions to the softball varsity team. The team also celebrated exchange-student Catharina Panzer from Germany, who played with the team this season.

Bluestone was all over the win from the opening pitch. Katlyn Shanklin gained the decision for the Lady Barons.

Bluestone held Cumberland scoreless in the first inning, taking out the top of the lineup, 1-2-3. In the bottom of the first Bluestone plated two runs.

Leadoff batter Finch went to first after an HBP call. Bluestone’s next three batters — Sophie Sherwood, Hannah Mull and Chasitee Baskerville — each hit singles to get on base.

Great base running allowed Finch and Sherwood to score for the 2-0 Bluestone lead.

Cumberland was again held scoreless in the second but the Lady Dukes did place two runners on base. Bluestone continued to add to its score in the bottom of the second.

With one out, Tharpe ripped a hit to right field which was mishandled by Cumberland. After reaching third base, Tharpe was shut down on a 1-2 play to get the out.

Finch, Sherwood and Mull again hit singles to get on base. With the base loaded, Baskerville blasted a hit to deep center which was played for an error — Finch, Sherwood and Mull all crossed homeplate on the hit for the 5-0 score.

Cumberland scored its lone run at the top of the third. With two down S. Gilbert reached base on an error. N. Hurt drew a walk and C. Seal hit a double to send Gilbert home for the run.

Cumberland held Bluestone scoreless in the third, though Shanklin and Moore hit singles to get on base; Tharpe drew a walk. The Barons left two runners on base to end the third.

In the fourth inning with one out, Bluestone’s Mull crushed a triple. With two down a Lily Loftis single would send Mull home. A hard-hit double by Shanklin aided in plating Loftis.

The Barons closed out the game in the bottom of the fifth, posting four runs to end the game with the 10-run rule.

With one out in the bottom of the fifth, Tharpe hit a single, while Finch was HBP. Sherwood reached base on a single and Mull on an error. All four runners scored for the 11-1 final.

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