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Katlyn Shanklin, in the circle for Bluestone, pitched well in her team’s victory at Park View last week. / March 18, 2020
The 2020 Virginia High School League spring sports season has been put on hold due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak spreading across the globe. All spring sports are on hold until, at least, March 30.

Prior to the postponement the Park View softball team hosted their cross-county rivals Bluestone for a scrimmage. The Lady Barons, led by head coach Shelby Brown, were up to the task and despite falling behind 7-6 in the fourth inning took the victory 11-7.

With sophomore Lizzie Wesson on the mound for Park View, the Lady Barons scored four runs in the first inning. Emma Newcomb led off the inning for Bluestone and flied out to second basemen Erin Bailey. Next up, Skyla King drove a double into right field and then advanced to third on a passed ball. After an infield out, Bluestone’s Ruby Hite drove a ball to center scoring Newcomb and Gregory reaching first on a PV error.

Next up for Bluestone was Katlyn Shanklin and she promptly ripped a hard shot to center field, clearing the fence for a two-run dinger giving the Lady Barons an early 4-0 lead.

The Lady Barons scored again in the second inning when Lilly Loftis got on base after being struck by a pitch. Emma Newcomb hit a sharp shot to short where Carson Wall couldn’t get a handle on it and the resulting error put runners at first and second. Skyla King then drew a walk, loading the bases for D. Gregory who lined a single to left scoring Loftis. Wesson, in the circle for PV, then induced a pair of fly balls for outs to end the inning.

Park View took the lead in the bottom of the fourth by scoring seven runs. Carrington Sasser drew a walk and then stole second. Carson Wall also drew a walk. Next up, PV second baseman Erin Bailey drew a walk to load the bases before Kaylee Coker drew a walk resulting in the first run of the game for PV.

PV’s Wesson then came to the plate and drove bases-clearing double into the gap in right, cutting the Bluestone lead to 6-4. Wesson advanced to third on an error on the play. Tori Powell stepped to the plate for PV and delivered a single to right to score Wesson for the fifth Park View run.

Paige Springer and Avery Evans drew back to back walks to reload the bases for Park View. Tori Powell alertly scored on a passed ball and then Hannah Powell sacrificed, driving a sharp shot to first that scored Springer and advanced Evans to third. Bluestone was able to get out of the inning from there.

Disaster struck Park View in the top of the fifth when the Bluestone girls took the lead right back, thanks to a series of errors by the Dragons. Shanklin drew a walk and advanced to third when Chanayah Cole got to first on a PV error. Loftis then put the ball into play scoring Shanklin on another PV error. By this time rattled, the young Lady Dragon defense committed another pair of errors when Sydney Newcomb put the ball in play. Cole scored on the errors and Loftis advanced to third. Loftis then successfully stole home giving the Baron girls a 9-7 lead.

After a pair of outs for Bluestone, Gregory slapped an infield hit reaching on yet another error and scored Newcomb. A couple plays later, Ruby Hite put the ball into play and another error allowed her to reach first and sent Gregory to score the 11th run.

Erin Bailey, on the mound for PV, struck out Shanklin to finally end the inning but the damage was done and Park View couldn’t recover. The game ended with the Lady Barons getting the win, 11-7.

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