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PV baseball marks return with 13-3 win

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Aston Jackson scores on a passed ball. (Steve Hinzman photo) / April 28, 2021

After a shaky start, the Park View varsity baseball team marked its long-awaited return to the diamond Monday night with a 13-3 win over visiting Warren County (N.C.) High School.

First-year head coach Matt Shearin said the weak link for the Dragons this season might be pitching, and early on it appeared this might be the case with Warren County scoring two runs in the top of the first on a walk, two hits and a wild pitch. The defensive highlight of the inning — and perhaps the game — was a diving catch in left field by senior outfielder Adam Piercy who had to charge hard and lay out to make the play.

With C. Bartholomew on the mound for Warren County, the Dragons answered quickly in the bottom half of the frame on a walk by Justin Clary, followed by a single by Piercy. Alex Townsend then drew a walk followed by Ashton Jackson who patiently drew a walk to score the first Dragon run.

Next up for the Dragons was Nathan Smith who was struck by a pitch to score the second run for Park View and tie the score. Park View’s pitcher, Christian Puryear, stepped up to the plate and slapped a single to second, scoring Townsend and advancing runners to second and third. Lead runner Jackson scored Park View’s fourth run of the frame on a wild pitch before a strikeout ended the inning.

The Eagles failed to mount much in the way of offense in the top of the second. Park View added to their lead in the bottom half of the inning when Justin Clary scored on an Eagle throwing error, putting PV in command 5-2.

Park View once again held Warren County scoreless in the top of the third and then added another run in the bottom half of the inning. The Eagle pitching was again the cause of the Dragon run as A. Jackson slid between the pitcher and catcher at the plate after a wild pitch.

The drought for Warren County continued through the top of the fourth inning as their offense just couldn’t get anything started. Park View kept adding to their lead adding two more runs in their half of the stanza. These two runs were pure offense as lead off batter Justin Clary ripped a hard grounder to right field. A. Piercy double on a sharply hit ball to third followed by deep line drive double by Tyler Turman to score Clary and advance Piercy to third.

The bats continued to work with Alex Townsend slapping a sharp RBI shot to first, scoring Turman but also causing the first out of the side. The next two batters for PV failed to generate any action and the inning came to a close with the Dragons holding a big lead, 9-2.

Warren County added its last run in the top of the fifth when Eagle batter Rocky Carter lifted a double into left to score Semaj Alexander. That proved to be the last of the offense for the visitors.

Piercy came to bat in the bottom of the fifth for the Dragons with the bases loaded and delivered an infield single for an RBI as J. Skook scored. Turman followed Piercy’s hit with a walk to reload the bases for A. Townsend who patiently waited for a walk to score the 11th run for the Dragons.

After a pitching change by the Eagles, Piercy and Turman both scored on a passed ball and a series of errors by the Eagles. With a ten-run lead the game was ended in the fifth by mercy rule.

Said Shearin, “We’re young and our inexperience showed at times but they kept fighting.

“We weren’t terrible in the field,” Shearin said. “We made a few mental mistakes and we’re still working on playing the game the right way as opposed to the perfect way.”

The Dragons were scheduled to travel to Windsor for their first district game on Tuesday. The varsity squad will return to the friendly confines of Dragon field on Thursday to host Southampton. Both Southampton and Windsor are expected to contend for the district title so both of these games are important for PV. With the season being reduced to just 12 games due to the pandemic, every game is critical.

After the Southampton game Thursday, the balance of the season looks like this;

» May 4 — Surry

» May 5 — @ Warren County (NC)

» May 6 — Greensville

» May 10th — @ Greensville

» May 18th — Franklin

» May 20th — @ Southampton

» May 25th — @ Franklin

» June 1 — Windsor

» June 10 — @ Randolph Henry

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