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Park View pitcher Justin Hudson fires towards home plate in Park View’s 11-1 victory at Colonial Heights on Monday. (Steve Hinzman photo) / March 13, 2019

The 2019 Park View varsity baseball team hit the road Monday to open the season against Colonial Heights at Shepherd Stadium, and it was a successful trip as the Dragons took advantage of shaky mound work by the Colonials and exploded for eight runs in the top of the first en route to a 11-1 victory in five innings.

In the top of the first, starting shortstop J. Clary led off with a walk and catcher B. Rolfe tattooed a grounder through the gap in right for a single, advancing Clary to second. C. Sheets was next to the plate and he reached on an error by the right fielder, and just like that the bases were loaded with no outs.

Outfielder J. Dugger came to the plate and drew a walk to score the first run, followed by T. Tanner who also walked in a run. J. Hamby came to the plate and ripped a single to left for the first Park View RBI of the young season. J. Barmoy then came to the plate for the Dragons and drew a walk but was picked off when C. Shook next hit into a fielder’s choice. At this point the Dragons had put six runs on the board and looked to be off to the races.

Starting pitcher J. Hudson got aboard and then J. Clary came to the plate for the second time in the inning. Clary rapped one to second getting an RBI, but he was put out on the play. That brought Rolfe back to the plate and he got his second hit of the game, an RBI single to score Hudson for the final run of the frame.

That was the end of the first inning fireworks and the Dragons went on defense in the bottom of the first ahead 8-0.

J. Hudson started on the mound for Park View and threw two scoreless innings for the win. He struck out four, allowed one hit, one walk, struck one batsman and was called for a balk. M. Mills took over in the third inning and had a strong outing as well. He allowed just one run on two hits, two walks, one balk and one struck batsman.

Mills induced four fly-outs and two ground outs on his way to the save.

The Dragons added insurance runs in the second and fifth innings with Hudson and Rolfe getting the ribbies.

Rolfe and Hamby both went 3 for 3 for the Dragons with J. Barmoy, J. Hudson, C. Sheets and J. Dugger recording hits as well.

With the win, Park View moves to 1-0 and prepares to host the Statesmen of Randolph-Henry High on Thursday at PVHS, weather permitting. Game time is 6 p.m. following the jayvee game that starts at 4 p.m.

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