In the second round of the Dixie Youth District 3 Tournament, Blacksburg’s O-Zone team rebounded and won an exciting 13-12 game vs. Patrick County. The game would go back and forth, as the young Blacksburg team pulled out the victory in the bottom of the 6th for the dramatic win.
Patrick County led off the game in the top of the 1st, scoring four runs to take a quick 4-0 lead. Blacksburg’s starting pitcher Eric Heinze recorded two quick outs via groundouts, but then a series of errors and a couple hits by Patrick resulted in the offensive output. Heinze ended the inning by striking out the last batter of the inning.
However, Blacksburg responded with two runs to cut the deficit to 4-2. With one out, Blaise Butler hit a single to get things started. Chase Keister reached 1B, but hustling down the line on a dropped third strike by the catcher. With two runners on, David Bears reached via an error, but two runs scored as both runners had moved them selves around the bases via steals and one wild pitch.
Patrick County picked up one run in the top of the 2nd to extend their lead to 5-2. Staring pitcher Eric Henize settled in and pitched very well, striking out one and forcing two groundouts.
In the bottom of the 2nd, Ryan Oosterhuis hit a lead off triple and would later score on a passed ball.
Heinze retired the first two Patrick batters with groundouts and after an infield error, he struck out the next batter to keep Patrick scoreless for the inning.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Blacksburg would get it’s offense going, producing five runs to take the lead 8-5. Logan Hudson got things started with a single, followed by a David Christle double to the fence, scoring Hudson. Chase Keister drew a walk and then Austin Nickle bounced a ball off the outfield fence for a double, scoring Christle and Kiester. David Bears hit a single, advancing Nickle to 3B. Bears would steal 2B and then Nickle scored on a fielder’s choice RBi by Jake Duncan. Ryan Oosterhuis also hit a RBI fielder’s choice, scoring Bears. A strike out ended the inning, but not before Blacksburg had taken their first lead of the tournament.
Blacksburg’s lead would be short lived as Patrick bounced right back, scoring four runs of their own in the top of the 4th to pull ahead 9-8. Blacksburg’s Jake Duncan took over on the mound and recorded a quick first out. However an error and a couple of hits produced the runs. Duncan settled in and secured a strike out and ground out to end the inning.
In keeping with the game’s ongoing theme, Blacksburg came to the plate and re-took the lead, scoring four runs of their own to make the score 12-9. With one out, Logan Hudson got the rally started by reaching on an error. David Christle was HBP and then Chase Keister drew a walk to load the bases. Austin Nickle then hit his 2nd double of the game, scoring in cleaning off the bases. Nickle advanced to 3B on a ground out. Jake Duncan reached on an error and then Oosterhuis hit a single, scoring Nickle. The inning ended on a tag out.
In the top of the 5th, Duncan retired the Patrick County in consecutive order, retiring the # 9, # 1, and # 2 batters. He forced a ground, struck out the lead off batter, and then forced a pop up.
Blacksburg was also retired in consecutive order, setting up the exciting and final 6th inning of play. Blacksburg pitcher Jake Duncan recorded two straight strikeouts in front of a very excited Blacksburg crowd. With two outs and two strikes, two different times, the Patrick batters drew crucial walks to keep the inning alive. A couple hits in between, as well as a couple walks, scored three runs for Patrick to tie the game. Chase Keister was inserted at pitcher and secured the last out via a ground ball.
With the game tied, David Christle led off with a single and then moved to 2B on a passed ball. Chase Keister drew a walk. With the Patrick infield pulled in, Austin Nickle hit his 3rd double of the game, bouncing the ball of the fence to win the game for Blacksburg.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Austin Nickel, who was 3/4 with 3 doubles. David Christle and David Bears also had two hits.
With the win, Blacksburg advances to play at 2pm on Sunday.
Tag(s): 11-12 O-Zone