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Blacksburg Varsity Beats Cave Spring 8-5 in Conference Opener

03/31/2015, 1:15pm EDT
By D. Gresh

McCoy Goes the Distance for the Bruins


Cave Spring visited Blacksburg on Monday for Bruins first conference game of the year.  Cave Spring entered the game 3-0, while the Bruins just had one game under their belt and a 1-0 record.

Morgan McCoy took the mound for Blacksburg and retired the Knights in order in the top of the first.

In the bottom of the 1st inning, McCoy and Ethan Goforth singled to get on base and after an out, Jake Schirmer was HBP to load the bases.  However, a fly ball ended the potential run-scoring inning for Blacksburg.

In the top of the 2nd, Cave Spring drew first blood, scoring three runs to take the lead 3-0.  A triple, and a HR were the highlights of the inning for the Knights.

Blacksburg battled back in the bottom half of the frame, scoring a run to narrow the lead to 3-1.  With an out, Andrew Roberson singled and then Michael Olszewski singled, advancing Roberson to 2B.  Seb Cianelli then singled to LF, which loaded the bases for the second time in the game.  McCoy then hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Roberson, which re-loaded the bases.  A fly out then ended the promising inning for the Bruins.  But, Blacksburg did pick up a run as a result of their work.

McCoy kept Cave Spring in check in the top of the 3rd inning, giving up two hits, but not surrendering any runs.

The Bruins fought back in the bottom of the 3rd to take the lead 4-3.  Adam Linkous led off the inning with a single to CF and then Schirmer doubled to LF, advancing Linkous to 3B.  He would then score on a wild pitch (3-2).  After a strike out, Jake Verniel drew a walk.  Roberson then hit a sac fly, scoring Schirmer (3-3).  Olszewski drew a walk to load the bases for the fifth time in the game and Verniel scored on a passed ball by the catcher (4-3).  A strike out ended the inning for the Bruins, who stranded two runners.

Cave Spring showed they weren’t done fighting, picking up a run in the 4th, to tie the game at 4-4.  With two outs, the Knights rallied on a couple of singles and an error to plate the tying run.

Blacksburg did not score in the bottom of the 4th and neither team produced any runs in the 5th inning.

The Knights took the lead in the top of the 6th by scoring a run after getting their lead off batter on base via a Bruin infield error.  After two outs, a double to RF scored a run and Cave Spring led the game 5-4.

The Knight’s lead was short lived as Blacksburg rallied right back in the bottom half of the frame.  Olszewski reached on an error to lead off the inning, and then Cianelli laid down perfect bunt to advance the runner over to 2B and get himself a hit in the process.  McCoy drew a walk to load the bases, still with no outs in the inning for the Bruins.  Goforth hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Olszewsk to tie the game at 5-5.  Cave Spring then intentionally walked Linkous to load the bases and create a situation with a possible force out at any base.  However, Schrimer singled down the 3B line, scoring Cianelli and Blacksburg took the lead 6-5. Anstrom then doubled, driving in two runs to advance the Bruin’s lead to 8-5.

Cave Spring tried to make things interesting in the top of the 7th when their lead off batter singled to get on base.  After a fielder’s choice out, and a fly out, a Knight reached base on a Bruin error to put a second runner on base.  But, McCoy forced a fielder’s choice ground ball to end the game for the Bruins and preserve the conference win.

Morgan McCoy pitched a complete game, picking up his first win on the season.  He gave up ten hits, struck out four batters, and did not walk anyone.  Only two of the five Knight’s runs were earned.      

Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Adam Linkous and Jake Schirmer, who both went 2/3.  Seb Cianelli was 2/4 while Ben Anstrom had a hit and two RBIs.  The Bruin offense had eleven hits overall, with McCoy, Goforth, Roberson, and Olszewksi each adding a hit.

Head Coach Danny Shouse said "Anytime you play those Roanoke teams and win, it's a good win. We played exceptionally well.  We hit the ball really well. I'm very proud of everyone.  We came together as a team when down 3-1.  I told the kids that no one is gonna give you a state championship ring, you have to take it.  We took the game; we could have laid down.  We did what we had to do to win. We’ll go back today and hopefully take another one. Everybody is out to beat Blacksburg."  

With the win, Blacksburg improved to 2-0 on the season and travels to Roanoke today to play 3-0 Hidden Valley. 

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