The BMS Bruins traveled to Princeton to battle the Princeton Tigers on Thursday night, and came away with two wins. Game one was a tight game the entire way before the Bruins pulled out the win in the last inning. Game two showed the Bruins flexing their offensive muscle.
In the top of the first, the Bruins came out swinging as four of the first five batters of the game reached base by hit and eventually scored. After the top of the first, the Bruins led 4-0. Will Justus was the starting pitcher and battled through the feisty Tiger lineup while figuring out his control After one complete inning, the score was 4-4. The Bruins tacked on two more runs during a two-out rally in the top of the second inning, as Sebi Cianelli and Justin Snyder both scored for the second time in the game. In the bottom of the second, CJ Linares entered the game on the mound and got the Tiger bats under control. They were able to scrape one run across home plate with a couple of hits, and the score was 6-5 after two innings.
The Bruins were unable to score any more runs in the third or fourth innings, and the Tigers scored one more run in the bottom of the third. After four innings, and with only one more to go, the visiting Bruins and Tigers were tied at 6.
With two outs in the fifth, the Bruins had RF Ryan Anderson on first base. After a single by CJ Linares, Anderson was able to score on a Tiger error to give the Tigers the lead. Blake Davis was then able to drive home Linares with by putting the ball in play with 2-strikes and benefiting from a throwing error by the Tigers. Going to the bottom of the 5th, the Bruins held a 8-6 lead.
Linares completed his four innings of work on the mound by retiring three of the first four batters he faced and locking down the win.
Offensively, the Bruins were led by Cianelli, Snyder, and Linares, who all had two hits and two runs. Linares pitched four solid innings, surrendering only two runs, two walks, and striking out two.
In game two, the Bruin bats exploded for 15 runs in three innings while solid defense and pitching held the Tigers scoreless.
Leadoff batter, Christian Vance, reached base four times and scored two runs for the Bruins. Chris Wysocki also scored two runs, and Davis Roberson was 1-2 with a walk and two RBI. Also notable was Ryan Anderson scoring three runs, and Peyton Heavener with two hits and a run scored. Justin Snyder pitched the first two innings for Blacksburg and only gave up one hit while striking out four. Will Justus pitched the third and final inning and recorded two strikeouts after facing four hitters.
With the sweep, Blacksburg Middle improves their season record to 6-5. They host Pulaski in a DH on Saturday April 13th.
Tag(s): Blacksburg Middle School