Coming of their opening district win of the year, which included a no hitter by Thomas Hughes, the Bruins were enthused to take on perennial district power, Hidden Valley. The Titans showed immense respect for the “Battlin Bruins”, giving the ball to their pitching ace, Ryan Lauria. The Titians came out on top 4-0 in a very competitive game, which may have been a preview for the River Ridge Champtionship.
Freshman Morgan McCoy took the mound for Blacksburg and battled the Titians throughout all 7 innings. In the top of the 1st, McCoy faced three batters and retired the side in order. Mccoy gave up a lead off walk, but retired the next two batters, and C Ethan Goforth threw out the runner attempting to steal 2B.
Lauria started of strong, and for the first two innings, he only faced 7 batters, walking one (Hughes) and striking out three.
In the top of the 3rd, HV scored a run to go up 1-0. A lead off walk put a runner on base, and after McCoy retired two straight Titans, a two out double scored the run. McCoy ended the inning by getting the last batter to ground out to 3B.
Lauria continued his strong outing, retiring the Bruins in order in the 3rd, including striking out one batter.
McCoy matched Lauria in strength in the top of the 4th, facing four batters, striking out one and surrending just one hit. At the end of four complete innings, the score remained HV-1, Blacksburg- 0.
In the bottom of the 4th, Ethan Goforth drew lead off walk (Dylan Turman courtesy runner) and then Thomas Hughes hit a single to break up the no-hitter, advancing Turman to 2B. Turman then stole 3B. After a strike out, Tyler Davis reached base on a FC as HV threw a Bruin runner out at home. Tyler Barry drew a walk to re-load the bases, but a fly out ended the inning and the Bruin scoring threat. As it would turn out, this was the best opportunity they would have all night to challenge Hidden Valley.
The Titans added a run in the 5th and two more runs in the 6th, to expand their lead 4-0. However, Blacksburg could only draw a few walks in the remaining innings as Lauria held them to one hit overall.
Blacksburg Pitcher Morgan McCoy went the distance for the Bruins, scattering 6 hits, striking out five, and walking just three batters. Of Hidden Valley’s four runs, only two were earned, as the two runs in the 6th were the result of infield errors.
The the loss, Blacksburg falls to 8-3, and 1-1 in River Ridge play. The Bruins travel to PH on Wednesday for a make up game that was rained out earlier in the season.
Tag(s): BHS Varsity