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Bluestone takes 7-6 thriller on walk-off hit in eighth inning

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Amelia Whittington seven strikeouts and one earned run for Bluestone. (Mike Moseley photo) / May 05, 2021
The Bluestone High School varsity softball team returned to the playing field after a year-long pause last Tuesday and delivered with an eight-inning 7-6 win over visiting Central Lunenburg.

The winning run in the eighth scored when Bluestone was able to load the bases in the bottom of the frame. Trista Newcomb smacked a hit to right field to plate the runner for the one-run victory.

Amelia Wellington pitched well for the Barons, striking out seven while only allowing one earned run. Bluestone catcher Skyla King led Bluestone batters on the day, going three of four with three singles.

Lunenburg opened the game by jumping on the Barons early and moving out to a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the first, with two outs Bluestone’s Emma Newcomb ripped a hit to right field line and with some nice baserunning got a triple. T. Newcomb came to bat and hit a ball to third base for an error to plate the runner for the 3-1 score.

Lunenburg picked up another run in the second to move out to a 4-1 lead. The visitors added their final two runs at the top of the fifth inning to go up 6-1.

Bluestone responded with King scoring a run in the sixth inning after reaching base on a single and stealing second. Grace Newcomb, who also had a single in the frame, aided King in scoring to pull Bluestone within four runs at 6-2.

In the final inning of regulation Wellington struck out the first two batters and had the third hitter lift a pop fly to shut down the side.

Bluestone would be on fire in the bottom of the seventh, scoring four runs to tie the game 6-6.

Cassidy Newcomb, Brook Conwell and E. Newcomb all worked walks to get the bases loaded. T. Newcomb and Whittington offered up sacrifice hits.

King, G. Newcomb, and Ruby Hite hit singles with C. Newcomb, Conwell, E. Newcomb and King scoring for the tie.

In the top of the eighth, Whittington and her defense again delivered taking out the batters in order.

In the bottom of the inning C. Newcomb rocked a double, and Conwell and E. Newcomb advanced C. Newcomb to third. T. Newcomb would knock in the game-winning run and cap of an exciting return for Lady Barons softball.

Amelia 14, Bluestone 3

It wasn’t like the Barons couldn’t put the bat-on-ball in this Thursday away game as much as it was the team’s inability to plate runners once they reached base. Bluestone’s three runs came in the fourth and fifth innings.

In the fourth inning leadoff batter Brook Conwell had a double and eventually scored on a passed ball. Grace Newcomb reached base and scored; Ashlyn Wilbourne had a sacrifice in the frame to help send G. Newcomb home.

Bluestone’s final score came in the fifth inning when Emma Newcomb hit a single and was brought home on singles by Cassidy Newcomb and Conwell. But it wasn’t nearly enough as Amelia took advantage of too many mistakes by the Bluestone girls for the 14-3 final.

Baron head coach Shelby Brown Averette said for the first week of play she was happy. The more playing time the team gets, the better they will compete, she said.

“I think it was a good opening week,” Averette said. “We showed a good solid team win on Tuesday. It took everyone in our lineup to win that game.

“Thursday’s loss was tough. If we play solid defense, we will be unstoppable. We can hit anyone. We just have to cut down on the errors on the field.

“We are young, with no seniors on the team and only two starting juniors, but we are smart and we are full of competitiveness.”

The Barons were scheduled to play Buckingham at home yesterday and travel to Cumberland High School on Thursday to end the week of James River district competition.

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