Blacksburg JV traveled to Patrick Henry in Roanoke on Wednesday and came away with a decisive 11-4 victory.
In the top of the 1st, Blacksburg would quickly jump on the Patriots with 1-0 lead. Hal Hughes drew a lead off walk, followed by Jacob Nottingham also drawing a walk. Andrew Roberson responded with a RBI single, scoring Hughes. Nottingham moved to 3B on the play and then Roberson stole 2B in a 1st and 3rd situation. After an out, Sam Noble drew a walk to load the bases. Unfortunatly, the Bruins could not capitalize with bases loaded as the next two batters struck out and grounded out to the pitcher.
PH would briefly take the lead 2-1 in the bottom of the 1st. After an out, PH had consecutive base hits, followed by a fly out, and then a double that scored both runs. Starting pitcher Hal Hughes was able to get the next two hitters to ground out to end the scoring threat.
Blacksburg would regain the lead in the top of the 2nd, scoring thee runs to mak the score 4-2. Jacob Sparrow led off with a double, followed by Michael Olswaski's single. The Bruins had a runner picked off 2B for the first out. Hal Hughes then singled, scoring Olswaski. He proceeded to steal both 2B and 3B. Nottingham drew a walk, followed by a 2 RBI single by Roberson. The next two batters were retired in order.
Hughes kept PH scoreless in the bottom half of the inning, despite giving up a lead off double. He then proceeded to help himself by striking out the next batter, follwed by a flyout. A batter reached via error, but Hughes got the next hitter to fly out to LF. After two complete innings, Blacksurg led 4-2.
The top of the 3rd proved to be a big inning for the Bruins, scoring four additional runs, and extending their lead to 8-2. After a strike out, Jacob Sparrow hit a single and then stole 2B. Michael Olszewski drew a walk to put runners on 1B and 2B. Hal Hughes also drew a walk to load the bases. Jacob Nottingham drew a RBI walk to score a run as did Andrew Roberson. The next two Bruin batters would fly out, but not before Blacksburg would push two more runs across on throwing errors.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Hughes only surrendered one hit, while getting the other three batters to fly out.
In the top of the 4th, Blacksburg was held scorless as only one Bruin, Pete Quinn, reached base (on an error). Three other players grounded and flew out.
In the bottom of the 4th, Hal Hughes retired the side in order, with two strike outs and a fly out.
In the top of the 5th, Blacksburg would score three more runs, to extend their lead to 11-2. Hal Hughes led off the inning and reached on an error. Newly inserted Hunter Wall, hit a single, advancing Hughes to 2B. Hughes stole 3B while Wall stole 2B. A single by Andrew Roberson scored Hughes and then Jack Madigan hit a ground out RBI, scoring Nottingham. Aaron Lucas reached on an error and Andrew Roberson scored. The next two Bruin batters both grounded out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 5th, the first PH batter reached via an error, and Hughes retired the next three Patriots in order via FC, fly out, and ground out.
In the top of the 6th, Jacob Sparrow reached on an error, followed by Michael Olszewski reaching on a FC (Sparrow out @ 2B). A ground out and strike out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
In the bottom of the 6th, PH scored two runs to narrow the gap to 11-4. Hal Hughes struck out the first two batters, and then the # 8 PH batter hit a single. The # 9 hitter reached via an error, advancing the runner on 1B to 3B. With a first and third situation, the runner on 1B stole 2B. A Bruin error in the field permitted the next batter to reach base safely, and two runs to score. Hughes retired the next batter with a routine ground ball.
In the top of the 7th, Blacksburg was three up and three down for the first time in the game. In the bottom half of the inning, Dylan Surface was inserted to pitch, and closed out the game for Blacksburg. After two consecutive fly outs, PH hit a single and drew a walk, but then Surface retired the last batter via a ground out.
Blacksburg recorded eight hits in the game, and was led by Andrew Roberson, who was 2/2 and reached base four times, drawing two walks.
Hal Hughes was the winning pitcher for Blackburg, pitching six complete innings, scattering 7 hits, striking out five, walking no batters, and giving up just two earned runs.
After the game, Head Coach Thomas Reed said, "I am very pleased with tonight's game. Hal came out and threw a great game and Surface did his job to finish it out on the mound. We came ready to hit the ball and we put it in play and that's all I can ask for. We have of a couple of things to work on defensively, but overall it was a great game."
With the win, Blacksburg improves to 2-0 on the season. The JV Bruins host Lord Botetourt on Friday at 4:30pm. The rained out game vs Northside has been rescheduled for noon on Saturday in Roanoke.
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