After the big district win vs. Salem the day before, the Bruins set their sights on New River rival, Pulaski County. Given the loss by Christiansburg, a win vs. the Cougars would position the Bruins to control their own destiny in their last district game vs. Cave Spring.
The Bruins rose to the occasion and behind the solid pitching of Tyler Davis, Blacksburg beat Pulaski 10-2, and claimed their second district win in as many days.
Playing at historic Calfee Park, the Bruins wasted little time in jumping on the Cougars. Morgan McCoy led of the game with a double and advanced to 3B on a fly ball out. After a second out, Alex Pickrell doubled to LF, scoring McCoy. An out ended the inning, but not before the Bruins took a quick 1-0 lead.
Pulaski responded with two runs of their own to pull ahead 2-1. A lead off walk and then an infield error permitted the runs to score.
The Bruins failed to score in the top of the 2nd, but Alex Shimozono and Ethan Goforth both had singles, and then Morgan McCoy drew a walk to load the bases, but all were stranded after a fly out to LF.
Davis settled in during the bottom of the 2nd, retiring the Pulaski side in order.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Blacksburg got its offense going, scoring two runs to re-take the lead 3-2. Tyler Barry led off with a HR to RF, which tied the score. Alex Pickrell walked and then Alex Schirmer singled to LF, advancing Pickrell to 2nd. After an ground out, which advanced Pickrell to 3B, Alex Shimozono hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Pickrell. A strike out ended the inning.
Davis continued his strong pitching in the bottom of the 3rd, not allowing any runs. Pulaski did have two hits, but both runners were stranded.
The Bruins picked up in the top of the 4th where they left off the previous inning. Jake Verniel got things going with a single to RF. After a strike out and a ground out, Tyler Barry hit a triple to CF, scoring Verniel. A strike out ended the inning and Blacksburg would now lead 4-2.
Davis walked a batter and hit one in the bottom half of the frame, but did not permit any runs to score by getting three ground outs and ending any hope of the Cougars rallying.
Blacksburg picked up another run in the 5th to increase their lead 5-2. Jake Schirmer singled to LF and then Tyler Davis hit a double to CF, scoring Schirmer. Jack Madigan was inserted as a courtesy runner for Davis. Alex Shimozono singled to CF, advancing Madigan to 3B. Ethan Goforth had an infield single and after a strike out, Morgan McCoy drew a walk. A fly out ended the inning, leaving bases loaded.
In the bottom of the 5th, Davis retired the Pulaski batters in consecutive order, three up and three down.
In the top of the 6th, Blacksburg kept their offense rolling, scoring two more runs to extend their lead to 7-2. With one out in the inning, Alex Pickrell drew a walk and Adam Linkous was inserted as a courtesy runner. Linkous stole 2B and 3B and then scored on an error by the Pulaski catcher. Jake Schirmer then drew a walk and with runners on 1B and 2B, Tyler Davis doubled for the second time in the game, scoring Schirmer. A pop up ended the inning.
Davis continued his strong outing in the bottom of the 6th, facing only four batters, giving up just one single.
In the top of the 7th, the Bruins offense continued to pour on the runs, scoring three to make the score 10-2. Jake Verniel led off and reached via an error. Morgan McCoy then singled to advance Verniel to 2B. Thomas Hughes then drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. Tyler Barry drew a bases loaded RBI walk, scoring Verniel and re-loading the bases. After an out, Jake Schirmer hit a two RBI single, scoring McCoy and Hughes. A flyout, walk, and flyout ended the inning.
In the bottom of the 7th, Tyler Davis finished his strong outing by retiring the side in order. A lead off walk put a runner on, but then Davis forced a ground ball double play and then a ground out to SS to end the game and secure the win, 10-2. Davis pitched all 7 innings, allowing just 4 hits and 2 earned runs. He struck out one and walked five.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Jake Schirmer who was 3/4 with 2 RBIs. Morgan McCoy was 2/3 with a double and a single, Alex Shimozono was 2/3 with two singles, Tyler Barry was 2/4 with a HR and a triple, and Tyler Davis and Ethan Goforth were each 2/5 with Davis having a double. Blacksburg recorded 15 hits with all but two batters getting a hit.
With the win, Blacksburg improved to 12-7 on the season and 5-4 in River Ridge District play. The Bruins close out their regular season tomorrow, hosting Cave Spring.
Tag(s): BHS Varsity