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Park View drops game to Halifax, 4-3 / April 06, 2016
Coming off a spring break in which the Park View Dragons varsity baseball team dropped a double-header to Colonial Heights, a win seemed to be in the works for the Dragons Monday at Halifax County High School.

But with a 1-0 lead at the top of the third, the game would take a decided turn in Halifax’s favor. The Comets would use a third inning rally to go ahead and claim a hard-fought, 4-3 victory.

Leadoff batter Brandon Lewis drew a walk. Hunter Kendrick made it to the bag on a fielders choice.

PV’s J.W. Murray was hit by a pitch and advanced to second after David Cleaton reached first on an infield error.

Jeb Redman pushed Kendrick across home plate for the 1-0 lead.

Halifax didn’t score in the first inning, but got two batters on base with two down — only for PV to end the threat with an infield out.

The Dragon’s leadoff and follow-up batter went down to strikes at the top of the second. Stefan Wolf and Brandon Lewis got on base, but Halifax closed the top with a 5-3 out.

Tyler Duffer and Kelonte Gutrich drew walks for Halifax but a fly ball to leftfield ended the second.

Murray had a leadoff single for PV in the third. With two down, Joshua Hadley drew the walk. Halifax took out the next PV batter on strikes.

In the bottom of the third, Jake Hughes drew the leadoff walk for the Comets and eventually stole second. Hunter Watts, the DH, popped out to right field.

Clay Lloyd hit a single to get on base. Jacob McKinney had an infield out, but Duffer hit a single advancing Lloyd.

With two down and runners in scoring position, a fly ball to centerfield was dropped, plating Hughes and Lloyd for the 2-1 Comet lead — and PV never regained the lead again.

PV opened the top of the fourth with two fly outs to center and leftfield. Lewis and Kendrick followed with singles each, with Lewis eventually moving to third base. An infield out ended the surge for PV.

Halifax added two more runs in the fourth after Andrew Abbott (double) and Hughes (single) scored for the 4-1 lead.

PV got its final two runs in the top of the fifth. Cleaton rocked a leadoff homer to make the score 4-2; then Redman scored after reaching base on an error for the 4-3 final.

The Dragons were scheduled to play Sussex Central in South Hill Tuesday. PV ends the week at home on Thursday versus Franklin.

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