In a rain delayed game, Salem traveled to Blacksburg to make up a game rained out from the week before.
Both pitchers, Morgan McCoy for Blacksburg and Austin Coulling, from Salem, pitched very well, holding each other’s team scoreless through three innings of play. Tyler Davis did lead off the 2nd inning with a double, but was stranded.
In the top of the 4th, Salem struck first, scoring a run to take a 1-0 lead. A lead off double and then a Blacksburg infield error allowed a batter to reach safely. Another player reached via a field’s choice, scoring the lead off batter, with an unearned run.
In typical fashion, Blacksburg battled right back, scoring a run in the bottom of the 4th. With one out, Tyler Davis doubled and then Alex Shimozono sacrificed him to 3rd. As in the previous half of the inning, an infield error permitted Davis to score an unearned run to tie the game 1-1.
Both pitchers continued their dominance; holding both offenses scoreless in the 5th.
In the top of the 6th, Salem scored two runs to take a 3-1 lead. A lead off single and then double set the table for two runs to score.
However, in the bottom of the 6th, the “Battlin Bruins” immediately responded, scoring three runs of their own to take the lead for the first time in the game, 4-3. Salem left their starting pitcher in one inning too long, opting to face the Bruin hitters for the third time through the batting order and Blacksburg took advantage of the decision. Jake Schirmer led off with a double to LF and after an out, Alex Shimozono singled to CF, scoring Schirmer. Ethan Goforth then singled to CF, advancing Shimozono to 2B. Jake Verniel then picked up Blacksburg’s third consecutive hit, and fourth of the inning, to load the bases. Back to the top of the order; lead off batter Morgan McCoy then singled to LF scoring Shimozono, while Goforth advanced to 3B and Verniel to 2B. Thomas Hughes hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Goforth and Verniel advanced to 3B. A fly out ended the inning, stranding Verniel and McCoy. However, Blacksburg would now lead 4-3 late in the game, and was successful in chasing the Salem starter from the game, racking up six hits in the inning.
McCoy promptly retired the side in consecutive order in the top of the 7th to pick up the crucial River Ridge win for the Bruins.
Offensively, Tyler Davis was 2/3 with two doubles. He also scored a run. Seven different Bruins each had a hit, with eight total hits for the game.
With the win, Blacksburg improved to 11-7 on the season and 4-4 in River Ridge play.
Tag(s): BHS Varsity