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PH Beats Blacksburg Varsity 4-3

05/14/2014, 9:45am EDT
By D. Gresh

Minutemen Rally from 3-0 Deficit


Blacksburg traveled to PH on Tuesday in an attempt to sweep the Cavaliers on the season series.   The Bruins got off to a hot start, scoring three runs in the top of the 1st, but it would be their only runs of the game.

After a lead off out, Morgan McCoy hit an infield single to get things started.  Ethan Goforth drew a walk and then the next batter struck out.  With two outs,Tyler Davis drew a walk to load the bases for the Bruins.  Tyler Barry drew a RBI walk to force home McCoy for the first run of the game (1-0).  With bases still loaded, Jake Schirmer had a two RBI single to left field, scoring Goforth and Davis.  A player was thrown out advancing an extra base to end the inning for Blacksburg, but not before they had gone up 3-0.
Morgan McCoy took the mound for Blacksburg and retired the Patrick Henry side in consecutive order in the bottom of the 1st.
Neither team scored in the 2nd inning as Blacksburg was retired in order, and the Cavaliers sent just four players to the plate, hitting one single.
The 3rd inning had lots of action for Blacksburg, but no runs.  McCoy led off the top of the 3rd with a double to put himself in scoring position.  Goforth then walked for the second time in as many at bats.  A player was caught stealing and then Linkous drew a walk to put a second runner back on base.  Davis walked and now the bases were loaded for the Bruins, with just one out.  However, two consecutive outs ended the potential big inning for Blacksburg.
The bottom half of the inning was just as interesting, but Patrick Henry did manage to score a run to narrow the lead to 3-1.  With one out, the Minutemen drew a walk, hit a single, and then drew another walk to load the bases.  The runner on 3B scored a run on a wild pitch (3-1).  McCoy then forced a ground ball out, but then walked the next batter to re-load the bases.  However, McCoy forced a fly out to prevent a big inning from PH.
Blacksburg was held scoreless again in the top of the 4th.  Four players went to the plate as Jon Hinson recorded a single, but was stranded.  
PH picked up another run in the bottom of the 4th to pull within a run, at 3-2.  With one out, Thomas Stockstill hit a solo HR.  McCoy retired the next two batters by ground out to end the inning.
The Bruins could not get any offense going in the top of the 5th. Goforth led off with a single, and then Linkous reached on a fielder's choice, forcing Goforth out at 2B.  A runner was thrown out stealing and then Davis singled to left field.  The next Bruin was retired via a fielder's choice.
PH fought back in the bottom of the 5th, scoring a run in their third consecutive inning, and tied the game at 3-3.  A single started the inning, and then an infield error permitted a runner to reach first base.  With two runners on base and no outs, PH sacrificed both runners over a base.  Then, a sac fly scored the runner from 3B.  McCoy then forced a ground out to end the inning.
In the top of the 6th, Schirmer was HBP to start the inning, but then three consecutive outs ended the inning for Blacksburg.
PH would score a run in their fourth consecutive inning and take the lead in the bottom of the 6th.  The first two batters reached base by back-to-back infield errors.  A fielder's choice forced a runner out at 3B and then a single loaded the bases for PH.  A sac fly to left field scored the unearned run from 3B, giving PH it's first lead of the ball game.  McCoy forced a fly out in to center field for the 3rd and final out, or the 5th overall in the inning.  
With their backs against the wall, Blacksburg had to score in their last at bat to stay alive in the game.  With one out, Goforth singled to left field to get things started.  Linkous then reached via an error to put a second Bruin runner on base.  However, a double play ground ball ended the inning and the game for Blacksburg.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Morgan McCoy and Ethan Goforth, who both had two hits.  Jon Hinson, Tyler Davis, and Jake Schirmer each added a hit.  Schirmer had two RBIs.  
Blacksburg produced three runs on seven hits but had four errors in the field.  Three of the Bruins runs were earned.
PH scored four runs on five hits and only committed one error.  Only two of their runs were earned.
Morgan McCoy went the distance for Blacksburg, pitching all seven innings.  He scattered five hits, walked three, and struck out three Minutemen batters.  
Head Coach Danny Shouse was very disappointed in how his team played, especially coming off a win of their county rival Christiansburg.  "We should have still been pumped.  But, errors, errors, and errors.  We’ve been practicing since December and at this point in the season, we can’t go back and teach how to field a ground ball.  Big players make big time plays at the plate and in the field.....We have only a few of them."  
"We can still get 2nd place in the conference, but we've got to get back to our style of baseball and work hard. This one loss didn't hurt us that bad.  We will work hard for Friday."
With the loss, Blacksburg falls to 12-5 on the season and hosts Cave Spring on Friday for "Senior Day."  

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