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Cave Spring Beats Blacksburg 7-4 on Senior Day

05/17/2014, 11:45am EDT
By D. Gresh

Knights Sweep Bruins in the Season Series


Cave Spring came to Blacksburg on Friday looking to sweep the Bruins in their season series.  However, Blacksburg had a different plan; one to send their seniors out with a win and complete an undefeated season at home.  Blacksburg seniors Jon Hinson, Tyler Barry, Caden Croy, and Everett Vick were honored before the game with special enlarged photographs of themselves in action, celebrating their last home game as a Blacksburg Bruin. 

Senior Jon Hinson took the mound for Blacksburg and promptly retired the Knights in order in the top of the 1st inning.

Blacksburg only sent four players to the plate in the bottom half of the frame, with Morgan McCoy reaching on an error by the first baseman and Ethan Goforth singling.  Both players were stranded, however.  

Both teams were held scoreless in the 2nd inning.

Cave Spring broke the game open in the top of the 3rd.  A lead off single put a runner on base and then after an out, a single and walk loaded the bases for the Knights.  The next batter hit a RBI single to center field, scoring two runs (2-0).  An outfield error allowed the runner on 1B to come all the way around to score as Cave Spring took a 3-0 lead.  Hinson fought right back and struck out the next batter and then forced a ground ball to end the inning.

In typical fashion, Blacksburg would fight right back, picking up two runs of their own to make the score 3-2. With one out, Hinson reached on an infield error, but was caught stealing. Morgan McCoy singled and then Goforth drew a walk.  Adam Linkous tripled to score both runners (3-2).  A strike out ended the inning for Blacksburg.

The Knights put two more runs on the board in the top of the 4th.  A single and then a line out started the inning.  A runner was caught stealing for the 2nd out of the inning.  A single put another runner on base and then a HR cleaned the bases and gave Cave Spring two more runs and extended their lead to 5-2.  A fly out ended the inning.

Blacksburg was not able to produce any runs in the bottom of the 4th, sending just four batters to the plate. Jake Verniel led off with a walk, but was stranded. 

In the top of the 5th, Cave Spring plated another run via “small ball" to extend their lead to 6-2.  A lead off single put a runner on base and then he advanced to 2B on a passed ball.  He was sacrificed to 3B, and a single brought him home.

Blacksburg would show life in the bottom of the 5th, but could not push any runs across the plate.  Hinson led off with a single and then a double play ball recorded two quick outs.  Goforth singled to get things going again and Linkous singled behind him.  Tyler Davis drew a walk to load the bases for Blacksburg, but a strike out ended the promising inning for the Bruins. 

Hinson was strong in the bottom of the 6th as he retired the side in order on just 15 pitches.  

The Knights continued to play hard, scoring a run in the top of the 7th.  A lead off walk produced a baserunner, but then Hinson came back and struck out the next batter.  A single line drive advanced the runner to 2B.  The next batter reached on a Bruin infield error, which loaded the bases.  A sac fly scored the runner from 3B as the Knights extended their lead to 7-2.  Hinson forced a ground ball back to the mound to end the inning and minimize the damage.

The Bruins refused to give up as they put together a rally in the bottom of the 7th.  With one out, Goforth was HBP and got on base.  Linkous then singled to advance Goforth to 2B.  Tyler Davis reached base on a fielder's choice, forcing Linkous out at 2B, but scoring Hinson (7-3) in the process.  Verniel then hit a RBI single, scoring Goforth (7-4).  Jake Schirmer then delivered a two out single to load the bases.  However, a ground out ended the inning and game for Blacksburg.  

Offensively, Blacksburg produced four runs on ten hits.  Adam Linkous led the offensive effort, going 3/4 with 2 RBIs.  Jon Hinson and Ethan Goforth each had two hits.  Morgan McCoy, Jake Verniel, and Jake Schirmer had one hit each.

Jon Hinson pitched all seven innings for Blacksburg.  He scattered ten hits, walked two, and struck out four. 

Head Coach Danny Shouse said after the game, “We're on a rollar coaster right now, going up and down.  We need to get it done.  It’s like I told the boys after the game, I’ve given you a little leeway here the last few weeks, but now you all have to get it done.  You have to execute plays.  We don’t execute.  We’re not getting good reads.  I know the kids are probably getting bored as the season is coming to an end, but in two weeks, we better get going.   
How are we the # 4 team in the Timesland?  We lost two games this week.  But, we’ll get it back next week and going to start working really hard in our practices." 
"I started all the seniors, which was the right thing and I felt really good about it.  We’ll be ok.  We are going through a bump right now and thank goodness it’s not a sinkhole, and we’ll get back on track next week. " 
"I told the boys after the game, we can beat any given team on any given day, but the problem is that any team can beat us and we are better than that….You just don’t know what Blacksburg team is gonna show up.”
With the loss, Blacksburg Varsity falls to 12-6 on the season and travels to Salem on Tuesday.  The Bruins have also picked up an extra game with Northside at home next Thursday @ 5:30, which will conclude the regular season.
The Conference 32 Tournament begins Monday May 26th.  Unlike in years past where the year end tournament was played at a single location, this year's games will be held at the location of the higher seed.  #1 and # 2 get a bye, while #6 plays #4 and #5 plays # 3.  The winner of #6/4 play # 1 and the winner of # 3/5 play # 2.  The top two teams from the Conference 32 tournament advance to region play.  The winner of the tournament is a # 1 seed in the region and hosts at least one game.

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