Giles County, coached by former Virginia Tech Hall of Famer and Pittsburgh Pirate All-Star, Mike Williams, came to Blacksburg for a rematch with the Bruins from a game played earlier this season. While the Spartans were more competitive this time, at least score wise, the outcome was still the same. Giles was over matched by the Blacksburg in the 7-0 loss to the Bruins.
Blacksburg pitcher Tyler Davis was dominant for the Bruins, going the distance in pitching all 7 innings to record the win. For the first three innings, he faced the minimum number of batters in each inning, retiring each one in order.
Blacksburg took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd, 1-0. Tyler Barry led off with a double to left field. He advanced to 3B on a balk, and then scored on an RBI sacrifice fly by Jake Verniel. Morgan McCoy and Jon Hinson both drew walks but were stranded on a fly out to right field.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Blacksburg busted the game open, scoring 4 more runs to extend their lead to 5-0. Adam Linkous led off by drawing a walk. Tyler Davis reached on an error and Grayson Shelton was inserted as a courtesy runner for Davis. After an out, Shelton stole 2B and then Barry drew a walk. Shelton advanced to 3B on a wild pitch. Barry then stole 2B in a 1st and 3rd situation. Caden Croy reached on an error, allowing Shelton and Barry to both score. Verniel then singled to center field, advancing Croy to 2B. McCoy doubled to left field, scoring Croy and advancing Verniel to 3B. However, a ground out ended the inning, but not before the Bruins took a commanding 5-0 lead early in the contest.
A Giles player finally reached base in the top of the 4th, with a single. However, he was stranded as Davis recorded three ground outs.
Neither team did much with their next at bat, as Blacksburg only sent 4 players to the plate, with Linkous singling, but getting stranded. In the top of the 5th, Giles was retired in order by Davis yet again.
In the bottom of the 5th, Blacksburg scored two more runs to extend their lead to 7-0. Barry led off the inning with a triple. Caden Croy's ground out RBI scored Barry from 3B. Verniel then singled to RF to get on base. McCoy reached on a fielder's choice, forcing Verniel out a 2B. Jon Hinson singled to right field, advancing McCoy to 3B. Ethan Goforth then singled on a hard ground ball, scoring McCoy. The Giles defense recorded the last out throwing a Bruin player out on the bases.
In the top of the 6th, Davis retired the first two batters with a ground out and strike out. A Spartan reached by error, and then Giles recorded their 2nd hit of the game with a single to center field. Davis came right back and got the next player out by strike out, ending any possible scoring opportunity.
Tag(s): BHS Varsity