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Trojan girls blow out Prince Edward 12-2 to claim Southside Middle School Conference championship

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Bluestone Middle School are the 2018 Southside Middle School Conference Championships. (Mike Moseley photo)
SoVaNow.com / May 09, 2018


The Bluestone Middle School softball team put together a stellar run last year, earning the No. 1 ranking in the Southside Middle School Conference regular season, but when SMSC tournament action rolled around the Lady Trojans lost in the semi-finals.

Ever since, the team has been on a mission — not only to repeat as division champions but also to win the conference championship.

Last Wednesday, the girls and coaching staff achieved their dream as the BMS girls defeated Prince Edward 12-2 to become the 2018 SMSC softball champs.

Bluestone went 7-0 in conference play, 12-3 overall, and sat atop the SMSC East Division the entire regular season. Prince Edward was the No. 1 team out of the West Division with a record of 8-1.

The Lady Trojans earned their place in the SMSC tournament finale after besting Amelia 7-4 in the semifinals. Prince Edward defeated the East No. 2 seed, Park View Middle, to make it to the title game.

Bluestone was quite the offensive force to be reckoned with throughout the 2018 season, outscoring opponents 184-81. Wednesday against Prince Edward, the bats were swinging fast and true to back up the pitching of Devin Gregory, who went the entire way against PE to claim the title game win.

Nerves were jangly for both teams. Prince Edward used that to go up on Bluestone 1-0 at the top of the first.

By the time the Trojans came to bat, the girls had begun to settle down and posted three runs in the bottom of the first.

BMS leadoff batter Steph Cannon was out on a 4-3 play. But the next three batters — Skyla King, Emma Newcomb and Devin Gregory — all hit singles to get on base. Newcomb and Gregory each had RBIs. All three went on to score for the 3-1 lead.

Both teams went down 1-2-3 in the second inning. Prince Edward posted its second and final run at the top of the third.

At the same time, Bluestone’s bats were beginning to heat up — quickly. Cannon ripped a single which was followed by a Skyla King RBI double. Gregory hit into a fielder’s choice to drive in King, putting BMS out front 5-2.

The Trojan girls continued to pour it on, racking up three more runs. Amelia Whittington hit a single and Mackenzie Long got on base on an error. Both girls scored after Cannon launched a triple in her turn at bat. Cannon came home on a Grace Newcomb 1-3 out.

Leading 8-2 in the bottom of the sixth, BMS posted four more runs. Ruby Hite, G. Newcomb, Cannon and King all hit singles to fuel the rally.

Cannon had a RBI and Gregory had a RBI double to plate the three baserunners, with Cannon also posting a run to end the game. It gave the Lady Trojans the 2018 SMSC championship title, 12-2.





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