The Blacksburg JV team traveled to Roanoke to play the Cave Spring Knights in their first conference game of the year. The young Bruins came away with a hard fought 7-5 win.
The Bruins took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st. With one out, Ryan Anderson drew a walk to get on base. After an out, Hunter Radford took 2-2 pitch over the left field fence for a 2 RBI Homerun. A ground out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
CJ Linares took the mound for the Bruins and after a lead off strike out, surrendered a walk. The runner would come around to score after a Blacksburg fielding error. Cave Spring battled back in the bottom half of the frame, to cut the Bruin lead to 2-1.
Neither team scored in the 2nd inning as both teams were kept in check.
Blacksburg extended their lead in the top of the 3rd, 3-1. Chris Wysocki led off with a walk and then Justin Snyder was HBP to put two runners on base with no outs. After an out, Linares hit a sacrifice ground ball, scoring Wysocki. A pop up to the short stop ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Linares was effective again in the bottom of the frame, retiring the Cave Spring batters in order on just eleven pitches. He struck out two of the three batters.
The Bruins added to their lead in the top of the 4th by scoring two runs to go up 5-1. Brad Shelton led off the inning with a double to CF and then Wesley McCoy reached on an infield error. Blake Davis also reached on an infield error, which loaded the bases for Blacksburg. Davis Roberson reached bases on fielder’s choice, but Cave Spring got the lead runner out at home on a force play. Wysocki then sacrificed on an infield out, scoring McCoy. Snyder then singled to LF, scoring Roberson.
In the bottom of the 4th, Cave Spring picked up another run to narrow the lead to 5-2.
Blacksburg added two runs in the top of the 5th to extend their lead to 7-2. Linares led off the inning with a single and then Radford hit his second homerun of the game, this time over the CF fence. The next three Bruins were retired in order to end the inning for Blacksburg.
Cave Spring fought back with two runs in the bottom of the 5th. A lead off single and a walk put two Knights on bases. Linares fought back, garnering a strikeout, but then the next batter singled to LF to load the bases. A Bruin infield error permitted a run to score and then a single to LF scored another run for Cave Spring. Linares forced a double play to end the inning and limit the damage.
Neither team produced any runs in the 6th inning. Wysocki singled in the top of the 6th, but was stranded.
Linares and Radford both singled to get on base in the top of the 7th, but then three consecutive outs ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Brad Shelton was inserted to pitch in the bottom of the 7th. A lead off single put a runner on base for Cave Spring and then another Bruin infield error permitted another runner to reach base. A single loaded the bases for Cave Spring, with the tying run on 1B. Shelton then forced a huge double play to turn the momentum back to Blacksburg. A Cave Spring single plated a run for the Knights, and then Shelton struck out the next batter to end the potential comeback.
Starting pitcher CJ Linares pitched six innings in earning the win. He scattered six hits, striking out eight batters, and walked six. Shelton pitched the 7th in relief for the Bruins, striking out one batter.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Hunter Radford, who was 3/4 with two HRs and four RBIs. CJ Linares went 2/4 with an RBI, while Justin Snyder, Brad Shelton, and Chris Wysocki each added a hit.
Head JV Coach Jonathan Hagee was very pleased after the game and the conference win. “We played pretty well. We got a great effort from CJ on the mound, which kept Cave Spring in Check. What an effort by Hunter Radford. Those two HRs were impressive and I’m glad he’s on my team. We have to tighten up our defense and I think it’s a product of us not being outside that much, but we got to get better. But, overall, I’m very pleased. This was a big win for us."
With the win the JV Bruins improved to 2-0 on the season and host Hidden Valley in their next game.
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