Blacksburg returned to River Ridge play on Friday, April 26th, hoping to turn things around after a tough couple of ball games. The Bruins bats erupted for 11 hits as they scored 5 runs in beating Pulaski 5-3 and improve to 9-6 on the season and 2-3 in River Ridge District play. Thomas Hughes took the mound for Blacksburg, promptly shut down the Cougars in consecutive order and set the tone for the day.
However, the Bruins couldn’t muster anything of their own as they also were retired in order, to end one inning of play.
Hughes continued his strong pitching in the top of the 2nd, facing just three batters, and retiring all in order, two with strikeouts.
Blacksburg would score first, picking up a run in the bottom of the 2nd to pull ahead 1-0. With two outs, the Bruins rallied when Jake Schirmer singled to get on base. Alex Shimozono singled and advanced Schirmer to 2B. Ethan Goforth reached on an error, while Schirmer scored as a result. The next Bruin grounded out to end the inning.
Hughes kept Pulaski in check in the top the third, facing just four batters. A lead off single proved to be the only hit.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Blacksburg got their bats going, earning three runs to extend their lead to 4-0. Morgan McCoy led off with a single and then Thomas Hughes was HBP. Tyler Barry singled to CF and loaded the bases with no outs. Alex Pickrell singled to LF, scoring McCoy. Tyler Davis hit a double to LF, scoring Barry and Pickrell. A Bruin was thrown out at the plate for the 1st out of the inning. The next two Bruins were retired in order to end the inning. After three complete innings of play, Blacksburg led 4-0.
The Cougars battled back in the 4th, scoring a run to close the gap to 4-1. A single and walk put two runners on and after an out, a double to LF scored a run. However, Hughes battled back and got the next to batters to ground out and strike out to minimize the damage.
In the bottom of the 4th, Ethan Goforth led off with a single to CF, but was stranded after a strike out, infield fly, and fly out.
Hughes continued his strong pitching through the 5th, retiring the side in order.
The Bruins would extend their lead in the 5th, plating a run to go up 5-1. After a lead off out, Tyler Davis singled to CF, followed by a Jake Schirmer single. Alex Shimozono singled to RF to score Davis and record the RBI. Two consecutive outs ended the inning and the scoring threat for Blacksburg.
In the top of the 6th, Pulaski would rally, picking up two runs to get within striking distance at 5-3. With one out, a Cougar drew a walk, and then a single put two runners on base. The next batter was HBP to load the bases. Hughes struck out the next batter, and then a 2 RBI single scored two runs for Pulaski. The next Cougar batter lined out to RF to end the inning and any more scoring opportunities.
Thomas Hughes singled in the bottom of the 6th, but was stranded.
Pulaski tried to rally again in the 7th, with a lead off walk and then getting another runner on via a FC. However, Hughes would quickly end any type of threat by getting the next batter to line out and appropriately, end the game on a strike out.
With the win, Blacksburg improves to 9-6 overall and 2-3 in River Ridge District play. Head Coach Danny Shouse said after the game, "We got our swagger back today."
Thomas Hughes went the distance, scattering 5 hits, and giving up 3 earned runs. He recorded 9 strikeouts and walked only 3 batters.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Tyler Davis, who was 2/3 with 2 RBI. Jake Schirmer and Alex Shimozono were also 2/3. The Bruins pounded out 11 hits and only struck out once. Defensively, they were flawless, with no errors.
The Bruins travel to play Christiansburg on Tuesday in a River Ridge re-match @ 5:00 pm @ CHS.
Tag(s): BHS Varsity