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Dragons win Senior Night, drop next two

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Park View baseball celebrated senior night last Tuesday. Senior players with coaches are, from left, coach Mat Shearin, Josh Boyd, Nathan Smith, Luke Richey, Alex Townsend, Justin Clary, Adam Piercy, Coach Todd Seate. Second row, coach Holden Sykes.
SoVaNow.com / May 26, 2021
The Park View baseball team played one game at home and two on the road last week, going 1-2 and celebrating Senior Night on Tuesday.

The Dragons’ win was a lopsided 30-3 affair over an inexperienced Franklin Broncos team on Tuesday.

Back on the road in Charlotte Courthouse, the Dragons fell to a talented Randolph Henry squad, 17-1. The Dragons then traveled to Courtland and lost an important Tri-Rivers District game to Southampton, 10-5.

Park View 30 Franklin 3

One thing about a rout — coaches have the opportunity to get all players some playing time. That was the case last week as Dragon head coach Matt Shearin went to the bench early and allowed some first-year players to taste success.

PV senior Adam Piercy led the way at the plate, going 5 for 6 with four RBIs. Senior Justin Clary contributed four hits and two RBIs and first year player Luke Richey went 3 for 5 with three RBIs.

Four Dragons shared pitching duties with senior Alex Townsend getting the start and the win, striking out the only three batters he faced. Eighth grader Ashton Jackson pitched an inning and was tagged with the only runs the Broncos would score. The youngster struck out three, walked four and allowed a pair of hits in his one inning effort. Jaxton Shook and Lane Kinker held the Broncos scoreless each pitching an inning apiece. Shook struck out two and Kinker three.



Randolph Henry 17, 
Park View 1

A disciplined Statesmen team brought the lumber as they hosted Park View in Charlotte Courthouse on Wednesday. The Statesmen collectively went 17 for 26 at the plate and despite an error-free defensive performance by PV the Statesmen were unstoppable.

Jaxton Shook got the start on the mound for the Dragons and was rocked for seven runs in two-thirds of an inning. Shook allowed five hits, struck out one and walked five in taking the loss. Christian Puryear relieved Shook and was tagged for nine runs in the second as R-H put the game out of reach. Junior Lane Kinker pitched well but it was too little too late. Kinker faced eight batters, struck out one, allowed one run on four hits and didn’t walk any batters.

Offensively the Dragons couldn’t get anything going and went 8 for 20 at the plate. Six Dragons struck out while just three were able to draw walks against a quartet of Statesmen pitchers. One bright side in the loss was the fact that Park View didn’t commit a single error in the effort.



Southampton 10, 
Park View 5

The Dragons dropped their second game in a row falling to Southampton on Thursday in Courtland. The contest was an important Tri-Rivers District game and may very well have implications regarding the Dragons’ opportunity to participate in postseason play.

The Dragons scored one run in the first but Southampton got two in the second and five in the third to put the game out of reach. PV scored the run in the first when J. Clary drew a walk and then advanced all the way to third on a wild pitch. Tyler Turman drove a single to short to score Clary.

The Dragons tried to make a game of it in the top of the fourth when Adam Piercy led off with a double to left. Piercy then scored on a fielder’s choice by Turman. A. Townsend reached on a dropped third strike followed by Ashton Jackson who singled. J. Shook rapped a hard grounder to second where the play was bobbled. The resulting error allowed Townsend to score and Jackson to advance to third. C. Puryear drove Jackson in with a grounder through the gap into left.

This third run in the inning cut the Southampton lead to 7-4 but unfortunately the Dragons could only manage one more run. A. Townsend doubled in the top of the fifth allowing A. Piercy to scamper home as the Dragons cut Southampton’s lead to 9-5.

Southampton would score their final run in the bottom of the fifth and their defense would hold as PV fell 10-5.

The Dragons’ record stands at 5-4 but three of those losses have come at the hands of Tri-Rivers District opponents and it is unlikely that the Dragons will be able to advance to postseason play. To have any chance whatsoever the Dragons must win out as their final three games are against TRD foes.

The Dragons were set to host Greensville County on Monday then travel to Franklin on Tuesday before their final regular season game against the Windsor Dukes at PVHS on Tuesday, June 1.






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