The Blacksburg JV team traveled to Giles on Monday for their season opener against the Spartans. The Bruins didn’t waste much time in getting their offense going as they jumped on Giles with four runs in the top of the first inning. Justin Snyder started off the 2015 season with a lead off walk. Ryan Anderson then singled for the first Bruin hit of the year. CJ Linares doubled to CF, driving in Snyder, scoring the first run of the year. Hunter Radford was HBP, which loaded the bases for Blacksburg. After a strike out, Wesley McCoy was also HBP, which forced home Anderson for the 2-0 lead. Blake Davis reached first base on a Giles infield error, which allowed Linares and Radford to score (4-0). Chris Wysocki drew a walk, but was stranded the Bruins had a fly out and a line out.
Brad Shelton started on the mound for Blacksburg and held Giles to one run in the bottom of the first inning. A lead off double set the table for the Spartans as a hit later in the inning scored the runner. After one complete inning of play, Blacksburg led 4-1.
The Bruins added two runs in the top of the 2nd to extend their lead to 6-1. Anderson led off the inning with a walk and after two consecutive outs, Shelton reached base on a Giles error, scoring Anderson. McCoy drew a walk and then Davis singled to LF to load the bases for Blacksburg. But, an alert Shelton came home on a throwing error by Giles (6-1). The Spartans then intentionally walked Wysocki to re-load the bases, which worked in their favor because the next Bruin batter grounded out into a force play to end the inning.
Shelton only faced four batters in the bottom of the 2nd, with one Spartan reaching base on an infield error.
Neither team scored in the 3rd inning as the scored remained 6-1. In Blacksburg’s half of the inning, Linares singled to LF and Radford drew a walk, but both were standed.
Giles added a run in the bottom of the 4th to narrow the score to 6-2. After a lead off fly out, two Giles players reached base on consecutive Blacksburg errors. Shelton struck out the next batter to register the second out of the inning, but then Giles scored on a third Bruin error. Shelton ended the inning by forcing a fly out to RF.
Blacksburg got its offense going again in the top of the 5th, scoring two runs to extend their lead to 8-2. With one out, Anderson singled to LF to get things going and then after a second out, Radford drew a walk. Shelton then helped his own cause by doubling to CF, scoring two runs (8-2). A fly out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
In the bottom of the 5th, Shelton was very effective and retired the side in consecutive order on just 13 pitches.
Blacksburg did not score in the top of the 6th. Wysocki did reach base by drawing a walk, but was stranded.
Austin Nickle was inserted to pitch in the bottom of the 6th inning. Giles scored two runs in the bottom half of the frame to narrow the Bruin lead to 8-4. But, Blacksburg got its offense going again, and immediately responded in the top of the 7th. Drew Babcock walked to start the inning and then Davis Roberson singled to LF, advancing Babcock to 3B. Radford drew yet another walk, his third of the game to load the bases for Blacksburg. After a strike out, McCoy drew a RBI walk, scoring Babcock and re-loading the bases. Davis hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Roberson (10-4) and then Radford advanced home on an errant throw (11-4). Wysocki drew another walk, and then a pop up ended the inning for Blacksburg.
In the bottom of the 7th, Giles drew a lead off walk, but then Nickle came right back and forced two consecutive lineouts. A single gave Giles a base runner, but then Radford threw out the runner attempting to steal 2B to end the game for the Bruins.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Ryan Anderson, who went 2/3 and scored three runs. CJ Linares added two hits of his own, going 2/4 and had one RBI. Davis Roberson, Brad Shelton, Wesley McCoy, and Blake Davis each had a hit. Davis had 3 RBIs while McCoy added 2 RBIs. Chris Wysocki reached base four times with four walks while Hunter Radford reached base 3 times by drawing 3 walks and scored each time.
Brad Shelton got the win for Blacksburg, pitching five complete innings, scattering three hits and only surrendering one earned run. He struck out eight batters and did not walk anyone. Nickle pitched two innings in relief for the Bruins, giving up two hits, two earned runs, striking out three batters, and walked four Spartans.
Head Coach Jonathan Hagee was very pleased with his team’s performance. “I was really proud of the way Brad pitched. He’s going to fill a bigger role for us this year. He worked from ahead in the count and had 8 strike outs and no walks. I was also proud of Austin. He did very well in his first outing as a freshman.”
“CJ stepped up offensively. I’m expecting big things out of him this year. Ryan Anderson stepped up and had a good game and a great diving catch in the outfield. We are only going to get better. We’ve only been outside 3-4 days total, so I was pleased how we played overall. We got all 17 players in the game and I’m proud of that as well.”
“This is not the same type of team we had last year, but we have the ability to win a lot of games. Our depth is much deeper this year. We have a core group of guys we can move around to a bunch a different positions, which is a nice luxury to have.”
With the win, the Blacksburg JV is 1-0 on the season and travels to Cave Spring on Monday, March 30th.
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