The Blacksburg varsity traveled to Roanoke to play Hidden Valley in their second conference game in as many days.
Seb Cianelli led of the game with a single to RF, but was stranded after three consecutive outs.
Tyler Davis, in his first pitching performance of the year, was very effective and got the Bruins off to a great start, retiring the Titan side in order.
Blacksburg picked up a run in the top of the 2nd to take the early lead 1-0. Jake Schirmer led off the inning with a single to LF. After two outs, Jake Verniel hit an RBI double to score Schirmer. A ground out back to the pitcher ended the inning and stranded Verniel.
Davis was equally effective in the bottom of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings, holding Hidden Valley scoreless. In fact, in the three innings, he only allowed one base runner, a lead off walk in the 3rd.
Blacksburg didn’t product any base runners in the top of the 3rd, but in the 4th, Adam Linkous and Schirmer had back-to-back singles but both were stranded in the inning.
Hidden Valley tied the game in the bottom of the 4th, 1-1 on a lead off double and the runner came around to score on a Bruin error.
Blacksburg busted the game open in the top of the 5th, scoring four runs to take a 5-1 lead. Verniel led off the inning with an infield single. Andrew Roberson drew a walk to put a second Bruin on base with no outs. Back at the top of the order, Cianelli doubled to CF, scoring Verniel. Morgan McCoy then singled to LF, scoring Roberson. Ethan Goforth reached on a fielder’s choice and then Linkous doubled to CF, scoring McCoy and advancing Goforth to 3B. Schrimer reached 1B on a dropped 3rd strike out, and then Ben Anstrom singled to CF, scoring Goforth. Hidden Valley turned a double play to end the inning for Blacksburg.
Davis continued his dominance on the mound, facing just four batters in the bottom of the 5th inning.
Blacksburg continued it’s offensive effectiveness in the top of the 6th, scoring five more runs to take a commanding 10-1 lead. Verniel led off the inning, reaching on a Titan fielding error. Roberson then drew a walk to set the table for another big inning with two runners on base with no outs. Cianelli reached based on a fielder’s choice and then McCoy drew walk to load the bases. Goforth reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Roberson. Linkous singled to score Cianelli. Schirmer then hit a three run homerun to extend the Bruin lead to 10-1. A fly out in foul territory ended the big inning for Blacksburg.
With one out in the bottom of the 6th, Hidden Valley produced a base runner with a single, but Davis forced a double play ground ball to end the inning.
Both Davis and Cianelli reached base in the top of the 7th via singles to LF, but were stranded.
Hidden Valley picked up a run in the bottom of the 7th after a runner reached based on a Bruin infield error. Davis forced another double play and the ground out to end the game 10-2. He went the distance, scattering just three hits, struck out two batters and walked four.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Jake Schirmer, who went 3/4 with a HR and three RBIs. Adam Linkous was 3/4 and added two RBIs while Seb Cianelli was 3/5 with an RBI. Jake Verniel was 2/4 with a double and an RBI. Morgan McCoy, Ben Anstrom and Tyler Davis each added a hit.
Head Coach Danny Shouse, not one to give a lot of praise unless he sees something special, dished plenty of it after the game. "I Got to give them an A, which I don’t say very often. Beating two quality Roanoke teams on back-to-back days says a lot about our program. What a job Tyler Davis did. I threw him right to the wolves, to see what he’s made of. A great performance...He only pitched 86 pitches."
"I’ll be honest, it was a big win but it wasn’t as big as some people think it is. People need to wake up and realize Blacksburg is the team to beat. At the end of the year, we’ll be the one that is up there. We need to keep the team focused. Beating Hidden Valley doesn’t mean you win a state championship. There are 17 more games in the regular season before we get to the post season and then the State Championship. But, this was a good win....Another notch in our belt."
With the win, Blacksburg improves to 3-0 on the season and travels to Giles on Thursday for a non-district game.
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