Northside visited Blacksburg on Saturday for a rare weekend game. In arriving late, the Vikings should have maybe stayed in Roanoke, making five errors in the field and walking nine Bruins. Blacksburg got off to a strong start behind the pitching of Thomas Hughes and an offense that pounded out 10 hits. In doing so, Blacksburg beat Northside 10-4, sweeping them for the season and improving to 7-1.
Starting pitcher Thomas Hughes was very effective starting the game, keeping Northside in check, with the Vikings scoring one run on an infield error, to briefly pull ahead 1-0.
However, in typical fashion, the “Battlin Bruins” responded immediately with four runs of their own to jump on top 4-1. Morgan McCoy led off with an infield single and beat out the throw from the second baseman. Thomas Hughes then hit a hard ground ball to LF, advancing McCoy to 2B. Zack Craven was inserted as a courtesy runner for Hughes. Alex Pickrell reached on an error, scoring McCoy and Barry advanced to 2B. Tyler Davis then singled; scoring Craven, while Barry and Pickrell advanced one base each. Alex Shimozono reached on a FC, scoring Barry. Schirmer drew a walk, but a runner was picked off a base, ending the scoring threat and the inning. After one inning, Blacksburg led Northside 4-1.
In the top of the 2nd, Northside showed a little sign of life, scoring two runs to pull within one 4-3. After two outs, the Vikings had two consecutive hits to put runners on and then a two out double drove home both earned runs.
In the bottom of the 2nd and top of the 3rd, both teams were retired in order, three up and three down.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Blacksburg went to work again, picking up a run to extend their lead 5-3. After an out, Tyler Barry singled and Alex Pickrell walked to put two runners on base. Tyler Davis drew a walk to load the bases. Alex Shimozono reached on a FC, scoring Barry, but Northside pulled off a double play recording two quick outs. Then, a Bruin was picked off to end the inning.
Thomas Hughes continued with his strong pitching, retiring Northside in order again in the top of the 4th.
In the bottom of the 4th, the Bruins went to work, scoring three more runs to extend their lead to 8-3. Jake Schirmer started the inning with a single. A runner was picked off, recording the first out and then Ethan Goforth singled down the 3B line. Dylan Turman was inserted as a courtesy runner for Goforth. Jake Verniel singled to advance Turman to 2B, and then to 3B on a throwing error by the Northside SS. Verniel as able to advance to 2B on the same play. Morgan McCoy then walked to load the bases. Thomas Hughes laid down a perfect suicide squeeze to score Turman, while Verniel advanced to 3B and McCoy to 2B. Tyler Barry then hit a hard single to CF, scoring both Verniel and McCoy. Alex Pickrell drew a walk, but a FC ended the inning.
Northside did pick up a run in the 5th. A lead off walk put a runner on base and then after two outs, scored on a Viking single. Hughes retired the next batter on a fly out.
Blacksburg responded in the 5th, adding two runs to further extend their lead to 10-4. Shimozono led off with a walk, and Schirmer singled on bloop pop up. Goforth singled to LF, scoring Shimozono and advancing Shirmer to 2B. Dylan Turman was inserted as a courtesy runner for Goforth. An error by Northside’s left fielder allowed Turman to score. Jake Verniel reached on an error, but two outs ended the inning. After five complete innings, Blacksburg led 10-4.
Neither team produced much in the 6th, as Hughes only faced four batters, giving up just one single while Blacksburg produced two base runners via walks (Alex Pickrell and Tyler Barry).
Hughes closed out the Vikings in the top of the 7th with two quick outs, and then after walking two, got the last batter to ground out to end the game and secure the win.
Thomas Hughes got the win, pitching all 7 innings for Blacksburg, scattering 5 hits, walking 5, and allowing just 3 earned runs.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Tyler Barry who was 2/2 with two RBIs and reached base safely four times with two walks. He also scored two runs. Jake Schirmer also was 2/2 and had one RBI and scored a run. Ethan Goforth was 2/3 with one RBI. The Bruins pounded out ten hits and drew nine walks. Perhaps most impressively, not a single Bruin struck out.
With the win, Blacksburg improves to 7-1 on the season and hosts Lord Botetourt on Tuesday April 9th.
Tag(s): BHS Varsity