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Southampton rallies for 7-2 win, Tri-Rivers District championship / May 30, 2018
Park View varsity baseball fell just shy of a Tri-Rivers District championship as the Dragons ran into late trouble against the Southampton Indians and lost 7-2 in the title game in Courtland on May 22.

In addition to battling the Indians, the Dragons had to battle the elements as well. In a game that saw a lightning delay in the second inning and then a rain delay in the third, the Dragons clung to a slim 2-0 lead through the fifth inning when disaster finally struck.

Junior Hunter Sykes got the start on the mound for the Dragons and was pitching well until he was booted from the game in the third inning for failing to remove a piece of jewelry. For safety and other reasons, high school athletes are not permitted to wear any adornment during games. Sykes pitched two innings and retired all six batters with a strikeout, zero walks and zero hits. Sophomore Trevor Tanner replaced Sykes in the third and went three innings, giving up two runs (neither earned) on two hits. He struck out one and walked one.

Dragon head coach Mike Barmoy called on normally reliable closer Chris Gray and he got tagged with the loss by giving up five runs on five hits and two walks, with two strikeouts. Justyn Hudson pitched what would end up being the last out of the game.

The Dragons were holding on to a slim 2-0 lead going into the fifth when the Southampton batters finally started to figure out the Dragon pitchers. The Indians scored two runs in the bottom of the frame to knot the game up 2-2.

After the Dragons went 3 up, 3 down in the top of the sixth, the Indians got busy and scored five runs in the bottom of the inning that the PV squad couldn’t answer, and Southampton pulled out the victory, 7-2.

With the win, Southampton improved to 17-. They went on to face York at Indian Field on Friday in the regional tournament.

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