The Blacksburg Bruins traveled to Northside for their first road game of the year, losing to Northside 6-2. The young Bruins would take the lead on two ocassions early, but a big Northside inning put Blacksburg behind and they could not battle back.
Neither team could produce much in the first inning, with Blacksburg sending three batters to the plate and Northside four.
In the top of 2nd, the Bruins would strike first. Alex Pickrell reached on an error, and then Tyler Davis sacrificed, and Pickrell moved all the way to 3B. Alex Shimozono had an RBI ground ball to the SS, scoring Pickrell. Ethan Goforth reach 1B after getting HBP, and Jake Verniel came into courtsey run for him. However, the next Bruin struck out, but the Bruins took the lead in the inning 1-0.
In the bottom of the 2nd, Northside responded by tieing the game. After a ground out, a Viking player singled and moved to 2B after a ground out. The player moved to 3B on a wild pitch, and then the next Northside batter doubled home the run. Starting pitcher, Morgan McCoy was able get the next batter to line out.
The young Bruin team would battle ahead once again in the top of the 3rd. After two outs, Thomas Hughes reached via an error. Tyler Barry then picked up the first hit of the night for the Bruins with a single to LF. On a double steal attempt, Hughes would steal 3B, and then score on a throwing error by Northside. The next Bruin batter struck out, but the Bruins were ahead 2-1.
In the bottom of 3rd, Northside would do most of their damage. A lead off single put a runner of 1B, and then he was sacrificed to 2B. The next hitter doubled to CF, scoring the runner. A single advanced the runner on 2B to 3B. The next batter drew a walk to load the bases. Northside delivered again with a two RBI single to RF. The next batter reached 1B on a FC, scoring another run. McCoy was able to strike out the next hitter to end the inning. However, after three innings, Northside would lead 5-2.
In the top of the 4th, Goforth would single after two Bruin outs. Jake Schirmer was inserted as a courtsey runner. Zack Craven drew a walk to advance Schirmer to 2B. However, a Bruin strike out ended the scoring threat.
In the bottom of the 4th, McCoy woud retire three straight Northside hitters, striking out two.
In the top of the 5th, McCoy drew a lead off walk and was sacrificed to 2B by Thomas Hughes. However, Northisde picked off the runner, and struck out the next batter to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 5th, Northside drew a lead off walk, but then McCoy retired the next three batters, striking out one.
In the top of the 6th, Alex Pickrell reach via an error, and advanced to 2B on the play. Tyler Davis reached on a bunt FC, as Northside got the Bruin runner at 3B. Alex Shimozono singled, advancing Davis to 2B, and after a failed pick off attempt, Davis moved to 3B. However the next Bruin batter flied out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 6th, Northside picked up another run. After a ground out, Northside singled and doubled to score the run. The next batter was HBP, but was promptly thrown out by Ethan Goforth while attempting to steal 2B. After a single, and wild pitch, Morgan McCoy struck out the last batter to end the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Jake Verniel was inserted to pinch hit, and drew a lead off walk. However, the next three Bruin batters were retired in order.
Northside did not bat in the bottom of the 7th.
Offensively, Blacksburg had three hits and was led by Ethan Goforth, who went 1/2. Tyler Barry and Alex Shimozono had hits and went 1/3.
Morgan McCoy went the distance for Blacksburg, scattering ten hits, striking out three, and walking just three.
After the game, Head Coach Danny Shouse said "we had one bad inning, but we don't hang our heads after a loss. We are extremely young and I saw a lot of good things happen today."
Blacksburg hosts Patrick Henry on Wednesday.
Tag(s): BHS Varsity