Dragons Top Eagles In Extra Innings At Longwood

Published 2:11 pm Wednesday, May 15, 2013

FARMVILLE – The Prince Edward County High School baseball team learned a lesson on the fine line between a win and a loss in last Thursday's eight-inning 4-2 loss to Park View in a game played at Longwood's Charles “Buddy” Bolding Stadium.

A little less air and a little more direction on a two-out floater just within the range of the Park View second baseman, would've likely given the Eagles the victory in regulation.

Instead, the Dragons took advantage of the one last change in momentum to score two runs in the top of the eighth off of a tiring Chay Fitts to stave off a three-game season series sweep of PV by the Eagles.

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“A couple of plays went their way today,” said PE head coach Michael Weaver. “We had a couple go our way down there a few weeks ago that allowed us to win that game. We have two evenly matched teams.

“Chay started off a little slow, but as the game wore on, he got stronger and pitched a very good game through seven. We just couldn't get it done on the offensive end to end it right there.”

Prince Edward scored one run in the first and added a second in the bottom of the third. Fitts reached base on a one-out single and was moved to third on a double by CJ McKay. A sacrifice fly by Hunter Tyler was deep enough to score Fitts.

Park View scored two runs in the top of the fourth to tie the game, but neither team could get much going until the bottom of the seventh.

Darrel Shumaker reached base on a two-out double and moved into scoring position on a single by Dylan Ott, setting up Matt Hart, whose floater into short right field hung up just long enough for the PV second baseman to catch up to it.

The Dragons chased Fitts, who recorded 11 strikeouts in the contest, from the game with two runs in and one out in the top of the eighth. Hunter Tyler came on in relief of Fitts and loaded the bases, but buckled down for the final two outs.

But the damage was done. The Eagles were unable to do anything with Tyler's two out single in the bottom of the eighth.

“It was a good Senior night,” said Weaver. “We certainly put ourselves in a position to win the game, but that's baseball. If that ball in the seventh is hit a foot or two harder, or their second baseman doesn't get as good of a jump, it's us celebrating the win.”

PV Starts Quick, Holds Off Eagles

FARMVILLE – The Prince Edward County High School softball team dropped a 14-5 decision to Park View last Thursday at Lancer Field in the team's annual Senior Day.

The Dragons jumped out to an 11-0 lead early, and were never seriously challenged, though PE was able to stave off the ten-run slaughter rule, and play the entire game.

Lindsay LeSueur hit a pair of doubles, both off the fence in left and center field to give the Eagles a little offensive lift, but, playing with the sizeable lead, the Dragons did a good job of spacing the PE scoring threats.

Dragons Double-Up PECHS Girls

FARMVILLE – The Prince Edward County High School soccer team dropped a 4-2 non-district decision to Bluestone on Thursday night at the PECHS Soccer/Track Complex.

The Eagles fell behind early, but tied the contest in the tenth minute on a goal by Taylor Reinson.

Bluestone scored twice more before Amie Dews pulled the Eagles to within one point in the 52nd minute.

“The girls really played with a lot of heart,” said PECHS head coach Calin Lupas. “It was senior night, and I know the team wanted to give them a good memory.

“Though it was a non-district match, I think it was good for us. We didn't play as well as we could last time out, and we had missed a lot of practice with the weather, and I think that showed around the goal – we couldn't finish off good scoring opportunities – but our approach was so much better than before.”

PV Edges PE For Southside Title

The Prince Edward County High School soccer team has gained a lot of ground on Park View this season, but the Dragons managed to remain a step ahead in the three-game double-round-robin series with a 3-2 victory over the Eagles on Friday at PECHS.

The game went much like the season series (PV won the first meeting 6-0, before PE tied PV in the second), with Park View jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first half.

PE adjusted in the second half. Kyle Burns scored in the 47th minute, and Henry Kocevar scored on a shot assisted by Niko Reinson, but the Eagles were not able to score the equalizing goal, despite having several chances at the net.

The victory by Park View gives the Dragons the Southside District title, while Prince Edward is in a good position to nail down second place, and the No. 2 seed in the Region I Tournament.