Meeting for the third time in a week, Tazewell faced off vs. Blacksburg Middle in a rematch of the double header last weekend at BHS. As expected, this game, was very similar to the first two; a highly competitive game.
Blacksburg starting pitcher Brad Shelton pitched the first four innings, and part of the 5th, and held the Bulldogs from Tazewell scoreless through four innings. Shelton faced the minimum three batters in the 1st and 2nd inning, and retired them all in consecutive order. He handcuffed the Bulldogs by forcing two grounds and striking out a player in each of the innings.
In the top of the 3rd, Shelton faced five batters, getting two quick outs, then hitting a batter, surrounding his first hit of the day, and then got the next Bulldog to ground out to end the inning.
In the top of the 4th, Shelton faced only four five batters again, getting an out, giving up a hit, hitting a batter, and then bouncing right back to deliver two ground outs to end the inning.
Offensively, Blacksburg scored two runs in the 2nd and added two more in the 4th go take a 4-0 lead. In the 1st inning, Blacksburg produced only one base runner, Ryan Anderson, who reached on a walk.
In the 2nd inning, the Bruins plated two runs to go up 2-0. With one out, Blake Davis reached on an error, and then stole 2B. P Brad Shelton hit a hard single to reach 1B and advanced Davis to 3B. He was replaced by courtesy runner, Christian Vance. Vance proceeded to steal 2B in a 1st and 3rd situation. After the second out of the inning, Davis Roberson delivered a 2 RBI double to score both Davis and Vance. The next batter recorded an out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Blacksburg only sent four runners to the plate, with Hunter Radford drawing a walk.
In the bottom of the 4th, the Bruins would add two more runs to their cache, to extend their lead to 4-0. Similar to the 2nd, Blake Davis hit a single to get on base, and then stole 2B. Brad Shelton hit a RBI double, scoring Davis. Christian Vance was inserted as the courtesy runner. A ground ball to the 1B advanced Vance to 3B. Davis Roberson then drew a walk and Vance scored on a passed ball. CJ Linares drew a walk to get another Bruin on base, but the inning ended with ground out.
Blacksburg would lead after four complete innings 4-0.
In the top of the 5th, Tazewell attempted to rally, scoring 2 runs. Two consecutive walks got things going for the Bulldogs. The lead off batter advanced to 2B on a passed ball, stole 3B, with the other runner stealing 2B. CJ Linares was inserted in attempt to stop the rally and close the game out for the Bruins. The lead runner then stole home to push across Tazewell’s first run of the game, but the 2nd runner was thrown out at 3B to record the 1st out of the inning. The next batter hit a pop up single and then a walk loaded the bases. A single scored Tazewell’s 2nd run of the game to close the gap to 4-2 and re-load the bases. However, a ground ball to Linares was alertly thrown home for the force out and then C Hunter Radford doubled up the runner at 1B, covered by Brad Shelton, to end the game in dramatic fashion.
Brad Shelton was the winning pitcher, giving up just two hits, and one earned run in the 5th. He struck out three and walked two batters. CJ Linares closed the game for Blacksburg, after being inserted into a tough situation with runners on base and momentum swinging Tazewell’s way.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Brad Shelton who was 2/2 with 1 RBI. Davis Roberson hit the big 2 RBI double that broke the game open. Blake Davis was 1/2 with 2 runs scored.
With the win, Blacksburg improved to 12-6 on the season and advances in the Jamboree to play Pikeview.
In the 2nd game of the Pulaski Jamboree, Blacksburg lost to Pikeview 6-0. Caught shorthanded in pitching with the injury to Sebi Cianelli, the Bruins were forced to play without him.
Will Justus and Justin Snyder pitched well, only surrendering 5 hits, but walked 7 batters. Justus and Snyder each had 2 Ks. Of the 6 combined runs scored by Pikeview, only 4 were earned.
Offensively, Blacksburg couldn’t get much going, having just 4 hits. Brad Shelton was 2/2 and Blake Davis was 1/2. Cj Linares added a hit, going 1/3.
With the loss, Blacksburg Middle falls to 11-6 on the season.
Tag(s): Blacksburg Middle School