Blacksburg Varsity traveled to Carrol County on Tuesday for the second game of their season series. With the long bus ride, it would interesting to see how the Bruins would respond. As it turned out, the outcome of game two wasn’t much different than the first one; a big win for the Bruins.
The Bruins got going quickly in the top of the 1st, scoring a run to go up 1-0. Lead off batter Jon Hinson got things started when he reached via an error, and the Morgan McCoy singled to left field. Ethan Goforth singled to left field, scoring Hinson. After an out, Tyler Davis hit a single center field but he and McCoy were stranded after two consecutive outs.
Tyler Davis took the mound for Blacksburg. With one out, Carroll County singled and then a player hit a HR over their short fence for a 2-1 lead.
Carroll County made a pitching change in the top of the 2nd. Jon Hinson singled with two out in the top of the 2nd, but was stranded.
Carroll added another run in the bottom of the 2nd to pull ahead 3-1. A single put a runner on and then he advanced two bases on two consecutive ground outs. A two out single scored a run for the Cavaliers.
Blacksburg tied the game in the top of the 3rd when Adam Linkus and Tyler Barry both hit solo HRs.
Davis only faced four batters in the bottom of the 3rd, allowing just one single. He did hit a batter, but ended the inning by forcing a double play ball.
The Bruins took the lead in the top of the 4th and never looked back. With one out, Jake Verniel reached on an error when the first baseman was pulled off the bag by the catcher on a bunt play. After a ground out, McCoy doubled to left field and made Carroll County pay for their error as Verniel scored to take the lead 4-3.
Tyler Davis faced the minimum three batters in the bottom of the 4th. After giving up a lead off double, he forced a ground out, which advanced the runner to 3B. The Blacksburg defense was able secure it’s second double play of the game when Jake Verniel caught a fly ball in right field and then gunned the runner out at home after tagging up.
Blacksburg opened the game up in the top of the 5th, scoring two more runs to extend their lead to 6-3. Linkous led off with a single to left field and then Davis singled to left as well to put two runners on with no outs. After a ground out, Jake Schirmer singled to center field, scoring Linkous and Davis. Two consecutive outs ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Davis’ effectiveness continued into the bottom of the 5th. With one out, he surrendered a single, but hen forced a fly out and Blacksburg recorded an out on an appeal for the runner leaving early on a tag up play.
Blacksburg scored two more runs in the top of the 6th off Carroll’s third pitcher of the game. Hinson led off with a double to right field and after two outs, Linkous tripled to deep right field, scoring Hinson (7-3). Davis then singled to left field, scoring Linkous (8-3). A strike out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
In the bottom of the 6th, Davis retired the side in consecutive order with three straight ground outs.
Carroll County made a fourth pitching change in the top of the 7th, and Blacksburg jumped all over him, scoring seven runs to extend their lead to 15-3. Dylan Surface singled to get on base to start the inning. Jake Verniel then singled to left field, which advanced Surface to 2B. Hinson singled to right field, which scored Surface (9-3). McCoy singled on a bunt to the pitcher, scoring Verniel (10-3), which loaded the bases. Goforth the provided Blacksburg with it’s sixth straight hit, scoring Hinson (11-3) and re-loaded the bases. Linkous hit a sacrifice fly, scoring McCoy from 3B on the tag up play. Davis then singled, scoring Goforth. Tyler Barry hit a two run HR, running the score to 15-3. Schirmer singled, which was the ninth hit of the inning. Two consecutive outs finally ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Ethan Goforth was inserted to pitch the last inning and retired the side.
Offensively, Blacksburg racked up 21 hits and scored 13 earned runs. Not only did Tyler Davis get the win on the mound, scattering eight hits over six innings, but he was 3/5. John Hinson, Morgan McCoy, Adam Linkous, and Tyler Barry each had three hits, with Barry having two HRs. Adam Linkous led the team with three RBIs.
Head Coach Danny Shouse said he was "pretty lmpressed with his defense...It's winning us ball games right now with the changes we've made. Our pitching is fantastic. I was a little worried with the long ride to Carroll and how they'd respond. If we keep playing the way we are, I'd put our team up against anyone."
With the win, Blacksburg improves to 10-4 on the season and hosts Pulaski on Friday. Friday’s game will also be Dixie Youth Day.