Blacksburg traveled to Roanoke on Wednesday for a make up game that was rained out earlier in the season. The Bruins were hot right out of the gate, scoring 4 runs in the top of the 1st. However, both their offense and defense struggled late, allowing PH back in the game, and eventually pulling off the upset win, 6-4.
With two quick outs in the top of the 1st, the “Battlin Bruins” never quit and managed to score 4 runs to jump out to a 4-0 lead. Thomas Hughes drew a walk to get the rally started. Alex Pickrell reached on a PH error and Hughes advanced to 3B. Pickrell advanced to 2B on the overthrow at 1B. Hughes scored on an error by the PH 1B, while Pickrell advanced to 3B. Tyler Davis drew a walk and Tyler Barry drew a second walk to load the bases. Pickrell scored on a wild pitch to make the score 2-0. Schirmer proceeded to hit a 2 RBI double, scoring Davis and Barry. A ground out ended the inning, but not before Blacksburg jumped on PH for four runs to lead 4-0 after just one half inning of play.
Starting Pitcher Alex Shizomono recorded two consecutive outs before walking two batters to put runners at 1B & 2B. The next batter was HBP to load the bases, but Shizomono got the next runner to hit into a FC to end the inning and eliminate any possible damage. After one complete inning of play, Blacksburg led 4-0.
Both teams were ineffective at the plate in the 2nd inning, as each only sent four batters to the plate. Adam Linkous hit single to lead off the inning, but was stranded. Shizomono gave up one hit to CF, but pitched well and forced the other three batters into routine outs.
In the bottom of the 3rd, PH would fight back, scoring three runs to close the gap to 4-3. A lead off single got things started, but then two quick outs quickly dashed PH’s chance to score. But, then back-to-back doubles and a runner reaching base on an error, pushed three runs across for the Minutemen.
The fourth inning was a stalemate, as Blacksburg was retired in consecutive order, three up and three down, while PH had a lead off single, but then three consecutive outs stranded the runner at 2B.
Blacksburg continued to struggle at the plate in the 5th as they were retired in order again. Shizomono retired the first two minutemen in order and after a walk and an infield error; Alex retired the next batter by fly out.
In the top of the 6th, the Bruins recorded two quick outs via fly outs, and then Jake Shirmer singled to CF. Jake Verniel followed by drawing a walk, but a fly out ended the inning and stranded the Bruin runners.
Blacksburg made a pitching change in the 6th. Two consecutive walks put runners on 1B and 2B. The runner at 2B was picked off by Ethan Goforth and Thomas Hughes. A line out recorded the 2nd out, and then the inning should have ended on a line drive to an infielder, but in an attempt to double up one of the PH runners caught off a base, a Bruin defender dropped the ball. As fate would have it, the next runner reached on an error, and both runners advancedf one base to 2B and 3B. Then, a double to RF scored both runners to give PH their first lead of the game 5-4. A single to RF, scored the batter from 2B who had hit the double. Another single put a runner on and advanced the runner at 1B to 3B, but then Blacksburg retired the next hitter. At the end of 6 complete innings, PH had now pulled ahead 6-4.
In the top of the 7th, PH retired the first two Blacksburg hitters with a ground out and a fly out. Thomas Hughes attempted to rally the team with a two out double to CF, however, the next Bruin was retired via a fly out to end the game.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Jake Schirmer, who was 2/3 with 2 RBIs. The Bruins had 6 hits and scored 4 earned runs.
Alex Shimozono was the starting pitcher for Blacksburg and pitched well enough to win, scattering 8 hits over 5 innings and giving up 4 earned runs. After the game, Blacksburg Head Coach Danny Shouse said, "We are not playing to our capability right now. We will bounce back."
With the loss, Blacksburg falls to 8-4, and travels to Salem on Thursday for a game that has been moved up one day due to the threat of rain on Friday.
Tag(s): BHS Varsity