The Blacksburg JV hosted Hidden Valley for their first home conference game of the year. The Titans got off to a quick start, scoring two runs in the top of the 1st to take the early lead 2-0. Brad Shelton started on the mound for Blacksburg. An infield Bruin error set the stage for the early runs, aided by two Titan singles.
Blacksburg responded and fought right back in the bottom half of the frame, scoring three runs to take a 3-2 lead. Justin Snyder led off with a single, and then Ryan Anderson drew a walk to put two runners on base with no outs for the Bruins. CJ Linares then singled to CF, scoring Snyder, who had stolen 3B. Hunter Radford drew a walk to load the bases for Blacksburg. Shelton hit a ground out RBI, scoring Anderson and then Wesley McCoy hit an RBI single to CF, scoring Linares. A base runner was picked off and then a strike out ended the inning for the Bruins.
Hidden Valley picked up two more runs in the top of the 2nd to re-take the lead 4-3. Two consecutive singles, a sacrifice, and a Bruin infield error plated the two runs for the Titans.
Blacksburg’s Davis Roberson led off the top of the 2nd by drawing a walk, but then a strike out, and double play ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Hidden Valley added another run in the top of the 3rd to extend their lead to 5-3.
The game remained at 5-3 through the bottom of the 5th inning. Anderson singled in the bottom of the 3rd and drew a walk in the bottom of the 5th, but he was the only base runner the Bruins could produce.
In the top of the 6th, Hidden Valley scored three more runs to extend their lead to 8-3.
Blacksburg’s offense finally came to life in the bottom of the 6th. Radford led off the inning with a double to CF and then Shelton singled to LF to put two Bruin runners on bases with no outs. After a strike out, Blake Davis drew a walk to load the bases for The Bruins. Roberson singled to RF, scoring Radford (8-4) and advancing the other runners one base each. Chris Wysocki then hit a sacrifice fly to LF, scoring Shelton (8-5). A fly out ended the inning for the Bruins as Davis and Roberson were stranded.
The Titans were held scoreless in the top of the 7th, and despite a single by Linares in the bottom half of the frame, the Bruins were not able to rally as Hidden Valley defeated Blacksburg 8-5.
Starting pitcher Brad Shelton pitched five and a third innings, giving up nine hits, walking one batter and allowing four earned runs. Austin Nickle pitched an inning for the Bruins, not allowing any hits, walking two batters and striking out one hitter. Justin Snyder pitched the last two outs for Blacksburg, allowing one hit and walking one batter.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by CJ Linares, who was 2/4 with an RBI. Ryan Anderson was 1/2 with two walks, while Justin Snyder, Hunter Radford, Brad Shelton, Wesley McCoy and Davis Roberson each added a hit.
Head JV Coach Jonathan Hagee said after the game, “They will probably be the best team we’ll play all year. All their kids are physically advanced; I remember most of them from last year, so I’m pretty sure they’re sophomore heavy. “
“I was proud of our effort; we played right to the last out. We hit the ball hard and right at people. If we keep doing that, the ball will find a place to fall. Our pitching was solid. We need to get outside and clean some things up. Some of the first year guys just need more reps.
I really like my team. It’s coming together. Hidden Valley hits well; they are aggressive and that’s what they do. We had that type of team last year. We’re going to have a good season….We just need to keep working hard.”
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