Northside visited Blacksburg on Thursday for their final regular season game of the year. The Bruins sent undefeated and 4-0 Tyler Davis to the hill to battle the Vikings, one of the best teams in the Timesland.
Northside scored a run in the top of the first, generating all the action with two outs. A double put a runner in scoring position and then a RBI single drove home the run (1-0).
Blacksburg fought right back and tied the game in the bottom of the 1st. With one out, Morgan McCoy hit a HR to left field to tie the game at 1-1. Ethan Goforth doubled but was stranded after a strike out and a fly out.
Northside busted the game open in the top of the 2nd, scoring four runs to extend their lead to 5-1. The lead off batter was HBP and then a single to center field advanced the runner to 2B. After a fly out, a Northside batter drew a walk to load the bases. The next hitter doubled to left field, scoring two runs (3-1). The next batter singled to score two more runs (5-1), one on the hit and one on a outfield error. After a walk, Davis forced a double play ground out to end the inning and prevent further damage.
Blacksburg sent four batters to the plate in the bottom half of the inning. Jacob Sparrow reached on an error, but was stranded.
Neither Northside or Blacksburg produced any base runners in the 3rd inning as both teams were retired in consecutive order.
Davis kept Northside scoreless in the 4th. A lead off single put a runner on, but then Davis forced a fly out. Another single produced a second base runner, but then a fly out and ground ball ended the inning for Northside.
Blacksburg produced two base runners in the bottom of the 4th; Adam Linkous reached on an error and Jake Schirmer drew a walk. However, a base runner was caught stealing, while a pop up and strike out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Davis held Northside scoreless in the top of the 5th, allowing just one man on base as a result of an outfield error.
The Bruins fought back in the bottom of the 5h, scoring two runs to narrow Northside's lead to 5-3. Jacob Sparrow led off the inning with a single, and then he advanced to 2B on a balk call. Tyler Barry sacrificed him to 3B. Back at the top of the order, Jon Hinson doubled to left field, scoring Surface (5-2). McCoy then had his second hit of the game, a single to center field, scoring Hinson (5-3). The next batter hit into a inning ending double play.
Blacksburg sent reliever Morgan McCoy to the mound in the top of the 6th. Two back-to-back singles produced two base runners for Northside. A single scored two runs for Northside, one on an outfield error. After a walk, McCoy forced a double play ball and the a line out to end the inning.
Blacksburg would battle again, picking up another run. With one out, Tyler Davis singled to left field followed by a Jake Schirmer single to right field. Jake Verniel reached on an error, which allowed Davis to score (7-4). However, the promising inning ended with a strike out and fly out.
McCoy only faced four batters in the top of the 7th. The first batter reached on an outfield error, and the McCoy forced a ground ball double play for two quick outs. He then struck out the next batter to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 7th, Blacksburg recored two quick outs, one by strike out and a ground out. Goforth then singled to get on base. Linkous drew a walk, but then the next batter grounded out to end the inning and the game.
Tyler Davis finished 4-1 on the regular season. He pitched five innings, scattering six hits, walking two and striking out one. Morgan McCoy pitched the last two innings, giving up three hits and walked one batter.
Offensively, Blacksburg scored four runs on eight hits. Morgan McCoy and Ethan Goforth had two hits each. Jon Hinson, Tyler Davis, Jake Schirmer, and Jacob Sparrow each had a hit.
With the loss, Blacksburg fell to 12-8 on the season, almost identical to their record last year of 13-7.
Blacksburg finished with the # 2 seed in Conference 32, and will face the winner of # 3 Cave Spring and # 5 Abington on Wednesday in Blacksburg.