Lord Botetourt came to town on Tuesday with a mission in mind to avenge their upset loss to Blacksburg earlier in the season. A wild game ensued with both teams recording 22 total hits, 22 runners left on base, and three double play ending innings with bases loaded.
The Cavaliers, wasted little time, scoring one run in the top of the 1st. Three consecutive singles loaded the bases and a wild pitch, brought the run across to take the lead 1-0. A second run was prevented from scoring when LF Adam Linkous gunned out a runner at home to C Ethan Goforth.
In the bottom of the inning, Morgan McCoy led off with a single followed by Thomas Hughes drawing a walk. After an out, Alex Pickrell also drew a walk to load the bases, but then Lord Botetourt’s pitcher struck out the next two Bruins to work himself out of the jam.
Starting Pitcher Alex Shimozono kept the Vikings in check in the 2nd with two quick outs. After a runner reached by error, C Ethan Goforth threw the runner out at 2B as he was caught stealing.
The “Battlin Bruins” scored two runs in the bottom of the 2nd to pull ahead 2-1. Jake Schirmer led off with a single to RF, followed by a Goforth walk. After two outs, Thomas Hughes singled to LF, scoring Schirmer and advancing Goforth to 3B. Tyler Barry drew a walk and Goforth scored on an error. The inning ended with a line out to CF.
In the top of the 3rd, the Cavaliers responded with three runs of their own to re-take the lead 4-2. A lead off HR got the Cavaliers momentum, and then a couple of singles and two walks scored two more runs.
Lord Botetourt kept Blacksburg in check during the 3rd, facing only four Bruin batters. Tyler Davis reached on a single to RF, but was stranded.
In the top of the 4th, the Cavaliers picked up right where they left off the previous inning with some hot bats. Another lead off HR, two consecutive doubles, and three singles, scored a total of five runs to extend their lead to 9-2. Blacksburg made a pitching change in the middle inning, going to Morgan McCoy in relief.
What seemed like an insurmountable deficit, started to get chipped away by the young “Battlin Bruins.” Not ones to quit, they scored a run in the 4th to make the score 9-3. After an out, Morgan McCoy got his second hit of the day and Thomas Hughes singled to RF, advancing McCoy to 3B. McCoy scored on a wild pitch. After an out, Alex Pickrell drew a walk, but the inning ended on a FC.
McCoy kept Lord Botetourt’s offense in check in the 5th, facing five batters, and giving up no runs. Two runners reached on errors, and then a batter was HBP to load the bases with no outs. McCoy pitched his way out of the jam by getting a fly out and then a crucial ground ball double play to end the inning.
The “Battlin Bruins” picked up another run in the bottom of the 5th. After two quick consecutive outs, Goforth singled to LF and Dylan Turman was inserted as a courtesy runner. Jake Verniel drew a walk and Morgan McCoy reached on an error to load the bases. Zack Craven was inserted as a courtesy runner for McCoy. Thomas Hughes drew an RBI walk to score Turman, and then a strike out ended the scoring threat leaving the bases loaded.
In the top of the 6th, McCoy kept Lord Botetourt from scoring again with a “bend, but not break” strategy. The lead off hitter was HBP, but then McCoy got the next hitter to hit into a double play. After two singles, and a HBP to load the bases, McCoy forced a hard ground ball for the last out.
The Bruins were held scoreless in the bottom of the 6th. After an out, Tyler Davis was HBP. Alex Shimozono reached on an error and then Jake Schirmer drew a walk to load the bases. However, the next Bruin hit into a double play to end the inning.
McCoy retired in Cavaliers in order in the top of the 7th.
In the bottom half of the frame, The Bruins made things interesting with some fight left in them. After an out, McCoy singled for this third hit of the day, and then Thomas Hughes drew yet another walk. Tyler Barry walked to load the bases. Alex Pickrell hit a two RBI single to CF, scoring McCoy and Hughes. After an out, Shimozono walked to re-load the bases. However a Bruin fly ball ended the inning and the scoring threat. The two runs were not enough to cover come the early deficit as Lord Botetourt won 9-6.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Thomas Hughes, who was 2/2 with 2 RBI and drew 3 walks to reach base 5 consecutive times. Morgan McCoy was 3/5 with two runs scored and Alex Pickrell had two RBI. The Bruins scored 6 on 9 hits, with 4 of them being earned. Amazingly, they drew 11 walks.
Lord Botetourt scored 9 runs on 14 hits and drew 2 walks.
With the loss, the Bruins fall to 7-2, and host Christiansburg in their District opener on Friday.
Tag(s): BHS Varsity