Blacksburg Middle School hosted Pikeview, WV on Saturday for a double header @ BHS Field in Blacksburg. Pikeview won both games, winning the first 10-5, and the second in 1-0 pitcher’s duel.
In the first game, Pikeview got things going quickly, scoring two runs in the first inning, to go ahead 2-0.
Blacksburg immediately responded, scoring a run of their own to close the gap to 2-1. With one out, Justin Snyder reached on an error. After a second out, Ryan Anderson hit a single and then CJ Linares hit an RBI single, scoring Snyder.
In the top of the 2nd, starting pitcher Brad Shelton retired three PIkeview batters, three up, three down.In the bottom of the 2nd, Blacksurg rallied with two outs. Jared Madigan drew a walk, and then stole 2B. Chris Wysocki hit an RBI single, scoring Madigan. The next Bruin was retired to end the inning. After two innings, the game was tied 2-2.
Shelton went to work again, holding Pikeview scoreless in both the 3rd and 4th innings, facing four batters in each. He struck out two and walked two.
Blacksburg rallied again in the bottom of the 3rd. Justin Snyder reached on an error, and then Hunter Radford hit a single, advancing Snyder to 2B. After a ground out, CJ Linares delivered once again with a RBI single, scoring Snyder and advancing Radford to 3B. With a 1st and 3rd situation, Linares stole 2B. Radford scored on a passed ball. A ground out advanced Linares to 3B. A RBI single by Blake Davis score Linares. The inning ended with a ground out. After 3 complete innings, Blacksburg led 5-2.
In the bottom of the 4th inning, Blacksburg was held scoreless as the were retired in order.
A new pitcher came in to pitch in the 5th inning for Blacksburg and retired the side in order.
In the bottom of the 5th, Hunter Radford hit a one out single. Ryan Anderson followed with a single and advanced Radford to 2B. A FC and ground out ended the inning, stranding both Bruin runners and ending the scoring threat.
In the top of the 6th, the Pikeview picked up three runs to tie the score 5-5. Pikeview scored runs off a lead off walk, a single, a walk, and a two out double.
The Bruins were held scoreless in the bottom of the 6th, going three up and three down.
Pikeview scored five runs in the top of the 7th. Blacksburg could not rally in the bottom half of the inning, as the side was retired in order.
Starting pitcher Brad Shelton pitched four innings, scattering three hits, walking two, and striking out four. He allowed just two earned runs.
Offensively, Blacksburg led by CJ Linares, who was 2/3 with 2 RBI and a run scored. Hunter Radford and Ryan Anderson were also 2/3. Blake Davis and Chris Wysocki were1/3 with an RBI. Justin Snyder scored two runs, while Hunter Radford, and Jared Madigan each scored one run.
In the second game of the double header, the game proved to be a classic pitcher’s duel.
Pikeview’s Jacob Harmon pitched a strong 5 inning, 2 hit game to propel his team to the 1-0 win. For Blacksburg, Jared Madigan pitched four strong innings, scattering two hits, and giving up no earned runs.
Pikeview’s lone run was unearned and came in the 3rd inning. The lead off hitter reached via an infield error, was sacrificed to 2B and advanced to 3B on a FC. The runner scored on a passed ball.
Justin Snyder pitched the 5th inning, keeping Pikeview scoreless.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Brad Shelton and Will Justus who each had a hit.
Head Coach Mike Madigan said "This was our first real test of the season. I was proud of how we played and battled. We really just had two innings when things didn't go our way. We will learn from this experience and be a better team for it."
With the two losses, Blacksburg Middle School is now 3-2 on the season. They travel to play Hidden Valley on Tuesday March 26th.
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