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Park View jayvees force extra innings, steal victory from Southampton / April 04, 2018
The jayvee baseball teams at Park View and Southampton will more than likely battle for the regular season championship in a few weeks and they met at PVHS Thursday night for a well-played game. The Dragons needed clutch hitting to tie the contest and send it to extra innings, where pitcher Alex Townsend ripped an opposite field single to score the winning run in the ninth. The 6-5 win moves the Junior Dragons to 3-0 for the season.

Southampton got two runs in the first inning and one in the third to lead 3 -0 before the PV bats started finding cracks in the Indian defense. Jarrett Hamby and Justin Clary scored in the bottom of the third to pull the Dragons back to within one. Southampton scored one in the top of the fourth and they were in position to score more, but the Dragon pitching, backed up by solid defense, got out of a bases-loaded jam with little harm done.

The Indians scored again in the top of the fifth to extend the lead and after the PV squad went 3 up 3 down in the bottom of the inning, things weren’t looking good for the Dragons. Yet down 5-2, the Dragons posted three runs to knot it up at 5-5.

With one out, Catcher Logan Harrup reached first on a passed ball and then Colton Roberts hit a sac fly to left to advance Harrup. Jarrett Hamby then drew a walk which was followed by Justin Clary who drove a single to right scoring Harrup. Next batter up was Ethan Stanley and he ripped a triple to the outfield, scoring Hamby and Clary to tie it up.

Neither team scored again until the ninth inning, when Alex Townsend came to the plate with runners in scoring position for the Dragons. With two outs and the Southampton pitcher anxious not to give up a hit, Townsend took three balls in a row. Townsend then got a pitch he could hit and hit it he did, ripping it through the gap into left field for a walk-off single. Park View escaped with a hard won 6-5 victory.

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