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Blacksburg Varsity Wins Season Opener 12-2

03/25/2015, 3:30pm EDT
By D. Gresh

Bruins Beat Giles in 6 Innings


Blacksburg hosted Giles on Tuesday for it’s 2015 home opener.  The Bruins scheduled opening game vs. Hidden Valley last week was rained out. 

Giles led off the top of the 1st by loading the bases with a lead off walk, and after a fly out, the Spartans registered a single and drew a second walk.  Blacksburg starting pitcher, Adam Linkous got himself out of the jam by forcing an infield fly and then striking out the last batter on a 2-2 count.

Blacksburg got its 2015 offense off to a quick start.  Lead off hitter Seb Cianelli drew a walk and then Morgan McCoy singled to RF for the first Bruin hit of the year.  His hit put runners at the corners with no outs.  Ethan Goforth then singled to CF, scoring Cianell, who scored the first Bruin run of the year.  Linkous then helped his own cause by doubling to RF, scoring McCoy (2-0).  Jake Schirmer kept the offense going with a single of his own to CF, scoring Goforth (3-0).  After a strike out, Ben Anstrom doubled to RF, registering two RBIs by driving home Linkous and Schirmer (5-0).  Jake Verniel hit an RBI single to CF, allowing Anstrom to score as the Bruins built a 6-0 lead.  After another strikeout, Cianelli drew his second walk of the inning and McCoy followed with a walk of his own.  However, a fly out ended the inning for the Bruins.

In the top of the 2nd, Linkous struck out the side in consecutive order and made short work of the Spartans.

The Bruins tacked another run on in the bottom of the 2nd after Adam Linkous doubled to RF and Schirmer hit a RBI double to drive him home (7-0).  Anstrom and Verniel both singled in the inning, but were stranded.

Giles got on the board in the top of the 3rd with a homerun to RF.  Linkous started the inning with two quick outs before surrendering the hit.  He struck out the fourth batter of the inning to retire the side.

Blacksburg added another run in the bottom of the 3rd to go up 8-1.  With one out, Goforth singled to LF and then Linkous singled to RF, advancing Goforth to third.  Schirmer hit a sacrifice RBI to score Goforth from 90 feet away. 

Linkous retired the side in order in the top of the 4th on just 10 pitches as Giles struggled to get any offense going. 

Blacksburg did not score in the 4th, but Cianelli did single in the inning and was stranded. 

The Bruins made a pitching change in the top of the 5th, going to Ben Anstrom in relief.  After a lead off single, Anstrom struck out a Giles hitter and then forced a fly out.  But a single and double by Giles pushed another run across for the Spartans (8-2).

Blacksburg loaded the bases in the bottom of the 5th by drawing three walks, but all three runners were stranded.

Anstrom held Giles scoreless in the top of the 6th.  After an out, the Spartans did load the bases on a player getting HBP, and the two consecutive singles, but Blacksburg doubled up Giles on a strikeout and catching a runner advancing to end the scoring threat.

Blacksburg ended the game in the bottom of the 6th via the ten run rule when the Bruins scored four runs.  Verniel led off the inning and was HBP and then stole 2B and 3B. Andrew Roberson reached base on an infield error, which permitted Verniel to score (9-2).  Back to the top of the order, Cianelli singled and then McCoy singled to RF but a Bruin was thrown out advancing on the play.  Goforth then doubled to CF to score Cianelli and McCoy (11-2).  Linkous reached on another Giles infield error, permitting Goforth to score, which ended the game 12-2.

Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Adam Linkous, who had 3 hits, with 2 doubles and a single.  Ethan Goforth also had 3 hits and added 3 RBIs.  Ben Anstrom and Seb Cianelli both were 2/3 with 2 RBIs.  Morgan McCoy, Jake Schirmer, and Jake Verniel each had 2 hits and 1 RBI. 

Adam Linkous got the win for Blacksburg on the mound, pitching 4 innings and scattering 2 hits.  He struck out 7 and walked 2. 

Head Coach Danny Shouse was pleased with the opening day win.  “A win is a win no matter who you beat.  It feels pretty good….We did some good things.  We hit the ball really well.  Overall, on a scale of 1-10, I’d say this is about a 7….I’m not going to give many props unless you really do something special.  It's a good start for us though."  Seb made two great plays at 2B that you don’t maybe see in a season much less one game.  He’s going to do well for us there this year.” 

“I’m disappointed about the Timesland rankings, but like I told the team, we gotta play our game and we are just going to mark them off one by one as we beat them this season.  Individually, Adam pitched really well for us and is just going to get better."  We’re going to practice today and the rest of the week and get ready for Cave on Monday.” 

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