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Junior Dragons battle Randolph-Henry to 2-all tie / April 11, 2018
The Park View jayvee baseball team faced a tough Randolph-Henry Statesmen squad on Friday afternoon and battled to a 2-2 tie in a game that was cut short due to time constraints.

After a scoreless first inning, the Dragons got on the board with a run in the bottom of the second, with Statesman pitcher Colby Jordan walking four batters to score Park View’s Adam Holloway.

Randolph-Henry threatened in the fourth but was unable to score as Dragon pitcher Jarrett Hamby pitch himself out of a jam with a runner in scoring position.

The inning started badly for Hamby as the Brenden Francisco of the Statesmen reached base on a passed ball. Hamby was able to strike out the next two batters but then Carson Gibbs singled to centerfield, advancing Francisco to second. Hamby dug in his heels and got the next batter to fly out to strand two runners and avoid any damage.

In the bottom of the sixth, Dragon batter Cameron Shook drew a walk and then quickly stole second. Christian Puryear came to the plate and executed a successful sac bunt to advance Shook to third. Next up, J. Smiley struck out, which brought C. Edwards to the plate. He drew a walk to put runners at the corners.

Next up was catcher Nathan Smith who ripped an absolute shot to the gap between short and third that 99 times out of a hundred would have fallen for a base hit. This was the hundredth time, however, and Statesmen shortstop Noah Walker made major league-quality diving catch and throw to first to get the out and save the run.

The top of the seventh saw PV holding a tenuous 1-0 lead. Statesmen Matthew Newcomb led off the frame with a single to third. Carson Gibbs then hit a line drive single to center to move Newcomb to second. The next batter, A.J. Leach, laid down a bunt single to load the bases.

Kendell Goldman then ripped a hard shot to third that C. Puryear fielded, but unfortunately the throw home got away and two runs scored, giving the Statesmen the lead. The Dragons ended the inning on a similar hard-hit ball to first base, but this time the throw to home plate was successful as Park View nailed the lead runner to end the side with the Statesmen leading 2-1.

In the bottom of the seventh for the Dragons, Jarrett Hamby ripped a double to right field and then Justin Clary hit a single to drive in Hamby and make the score 2-all. The next Dragon batter, Ethan Stanley, successfully bunted to advance Clary to second and reach first himself. However, Randolph-Henry made a couple of nice defensive plays to get to three outs and escape the inning without further damage.

Both teams were held scoreless in the eighth and the game was called so the varsity teams could take the field to begin play. The tie left the Junior Dragons with a season record to 3-1-1.

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