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Barons softball plays first of two preseason scrimmages / March 11, 2020

The Bluestone softball team saw its first action of the season last Wednesday when the team hosted Kenston Forest.

Bluestone held the Kavaliers scoreless behind the pitching of Devon Gregory throughout five innings. Bluestone would go on to give up three runs at the top of the seventh to end the game 3-0, Kavaliers.

The Barons had a tough outing at the plate in the game with two hits and a walk. Gregory drew the walk in the fourth and scattered a single in the bottom of the seventh; Emma Newcomb hit a single, stole second and was left on base to end the frame.

The Baron girls went down on strikeouts from the top of the order in the first three innings. Bluestone made contact in the fifth inning after leadoff batter Sydney Newcomb drew the walk.

The next three batters would all get bat-on-ball, but the balls all ended as infield outs. Hite was out on a sacrifice, while Lilly Loftis and Lilah Turner banged into put-outs.

Katlyn Shanklin and Skyla King each hit into outs with runners on base in the fourth and sixth innings, respectively.

Shanklin came on to pitch in relief of Gregory in the top of the sixth. Shelby Gunn earned the win from the circle for Kenston Forest.

Bluestone displayed good defense in the game as Kenston Forest had base-runners in scoring position in every inning of the game save the fourth and the Barons were able to hold the visitors scoreless over the course of five innings.

For the Kavaliers, Gunn had two singles on the day. Teammates Peyton Coleman, Molly Epperson and Haley Henshaw each hit singles.

Bluestone was scheduled to travel to South Hill Tuesday to take on Park View in its final preseason scrimmage. Bluestone opens regular season play on March 17 at Buckingham County at 5 p.m., with the game played at Buckingham County Middle School.

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