The Blacksburg MS Team hosted Radford on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon for a DH series with the Bobcats. Due to the 5 PM start and no lights at old BHS, both coaches agreed to a 1.5 hour time limit per game.
The Bruins started Colin Collver on the mound, and he retired the Bobcats after facing just four batters. He struck out the lead off hitter, forced a pop fly, walked a batter, and the struck out the clean up hitter.
Offensively, Blacksburg jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. Lead off hitter Luke Goforth drew a walk and then stole 2B. After a strike out, Goforth stole 3B and Cole Epperley drew a walk. Epperley then stole 2B in a 1st and 3rd situation. Collver was walked, which loaded the bases for Blacksburg. Craig Weaver drew a RBI walk to bring home Goforth for a 1-0 lead. Tyler VandeVord hit into an infield fielder’s choice, but registered an RBI by bringing home Epperley. Parker White hit a RBI sacrifice fly, scoring Collver. Ryland Bennett was then HBP and awarded first base. A fly ball ended the inning for Blacksburg, but not before the Bruins had built an early 3-0 lead.
Collver was dominant in the top of the 2nd inning, striking out the Radford side in consecutive order.
James Wilkes led off the bottom of the 2nd by drawing a walk and after a fly out and fielder’s choice, he scored (4-0) on Epperley’s single. Epperley stole 2B and 3B and then scored (5-0) on a single by Collver. A fielder’s choice ended the inning for Blacksburg.
In the top of the 3rd, Collver struck out the first batter and then the next hitter was HBP. Three singles and an infield error allowed Radford to score four runs to narrow the score to 5-4.
In the bottom half of the frame, Radford walked the bases loaded by giving passes to VandeVord, White and Bennett. Cregger then drew an RBI walk, scoring VandeVord (6-4). Wilkes hit a 2 RBI single, scoring White and Bennett (8-4). After a fly out, Stephen Case drew a walk and then Epperley made Radford pay for the free passes with a 2 RBI single making the score 10-4. Collver drew another walk and Weaver reached base on a Radford fielding error. VandeVord drew his second walk of the game and then White hit a 2 RBI single to bring home the 13th and 14th runs of the game for Blacksburg. Bennett was HBP, but a fly out ended the big offensive inning for Blacksburg.
Craig Weaver closed out the game in the top of the 4th by retiring the side in order with a strike out and two ground balls.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Cole Epperley, who was 2/2 with 3 RBIs. He also scored 3 runs. Collin Collver was 1/1 with a single and an RBI while James Wilkes and Parker White each had a hit. White had 3 RBIs while Wilkes had 2 RBIs.
Colin Collver pitched three innings for Blacksburg and was credited with the win on the mound. He scatteried 3 hits, striking out 7 batters, and did not walk anyone. Craig Weaver pitched an inning in relief, not allowing any hits and striking out one batter.
In the second game of the DH, Cole Epperley started on the mound for Blacksburg. He struck out the lead off batter and then with a solid defense behind him, he retired two of the next three to get the Bruins off to a good start.
In the bottom of the 1st, Blacksburg got it’s offense going quickly, scoring five runs to take a 5-0 lead after one inning of play. Luke Goforth drew a lead off walk and then Epperley helped his own cause with an RBI single, scoring Goforth. Scott Hudson hit a single, advancing Epperley to 3B. Ethan Young drew a walk to load the bases for the Bruins. After a strikeout, Nathan Mathena reached base via a walk and Epperley scored. After a fly out, Logan Vance hit a 2 RBI single, scoring Hudson and Young. A ground ball ended the inning, but the Bruins had taken an early 5-0 commanding lead.
Radford scored two runs in the top of the 2nd to narrow the lead to 5-2. The Bobcat’s lead off hitter drew a walk and then advanced on a balk and a Blacksburg infield error. An RBI single brought a run across for Radford, and then the Bobcats picked up another run when the second base runner scored after a series of groundouts.
Aiden Seeley led off the bottom of the 2nd with a single and after a fly out; Epperley had his second hit of the game with an RBI double. Hudson reached base on a fielder’s choice and then Young drew his second walk of the game. Mathena hit a single, but then a ground out and a fly out ended the inning. After two complete innings, Blacksburg led 10-2.
Radford scored four runs in the top of the 3rd off three singles and a fielder’s choice. However, darkness had set in and the game was called with Blacksburg ahead 10-6.
In the second game, Blacksburg was led by Cole Epperley, who was 2/2 with a single, a double, and 2 RBIs. Cole Lakatos, Nathan Mathena, Logan Vance, and Aiden Seely each added a hit. Vance had 2 RBIs.
Epperley got the win on the mound, pitching two innings, surrending just one hit, struck out one batter and did not walk anyone.
With the double header sweep, the middle school team has improved itself to 4-2 on the season.
Tag(s): Blacksburg Middle School