Blacksburg Middle School traveled to Roanoke on Wednesday to play Hidden Valley, with ambitions of revenge for last year’s 10-0 loss at the hands of the Titans. And, that they did…. Beating Hidden Valley 10-6 in a classic back and forth shoot out.
Blacksburg wasted little time jumping on the Titans, scoring four runs in the top of the 1st inning. With one out, Stephen Case got the offense going with a ground ball single. Cole Epperely followed with a ground ball single of his own, advancing Case to 2B. After an out, Craig Weaver hit a RBI single, scoring Case and advancing Epperley to 3B. Epperley then stole home to make the score 2-0. Tyler VandeVord then hit a single, advancing Weaver to 3B. In a 1st and 3B situation, VandeVord stole 2B. Parker White delivered a hard line drive single, ringing up two RBIs in scoring both Weaver and VandeVord (4-0). Ryland Bennett and Zach Cregger both drew walks to load the bases for the Bruins, but a ground out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Hidden Valley fought right back, however, scoring two runs of their own to narrow the Bruin lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the 1st.
In the top of the 2nd, the Bruin's offense picked up where it left off in the last inning, putting three more runs on the board to extend their lead to 7-2. Luke Goforth led off the inning and reached base on an error and then stole 2B to put himself in scoring position. Case drew a walk and then Epperley reached base on a fielder’s choice, scoring Goforth (5-2) from 2B. Epperely stole 2B and then Collin Collver drew a walk. Both Epperely and Collver advanced a base on a passed ball and then Epperley scored (6-2) on a RBI sacrifice fly hit by Weaver to LF. VandeVord reached base on a Titan infield error, allowing Collver to score (7-2). A pop up to the first baseman ended the inning for Blacksburg, but not before they had built a solid lead.
Hidden Valley fought back again, this time picking up two more runs to pull within three runs at 7-4 in the bottom of the 2nd inning.
In the top of the 3rd, Blacksburg plated three more runs to re-establish themselves at 10-4. Bennett and Cregger both drew back-to-back walks for the second time in the game. James Wilkes was then HBP, which loaded the bases for the Bruins. Goforth reached 1B on a Titan error, which allowed Bennett to score (8-4). Case drew an RBI walk, scoring Cregger (9-4). After a fly out, Collver hit a ground ball single, scoring Wilkes (10-4). A player was tagged out a home, which ended the inning.
In the bottom half of the frame, Hidden Valley notched a run to narrow the Blacksburg lead to 10-5 after three complete innings.
In the top of the 4th, VandeVord led off the inning and was HBP. White then reached 1B on a Titan infield error, advancing VandeVord to 2B. Hidden Valley’s defense pulled a big double play, helping them avoid more Bruin scoring. A fly out then ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Hidden Valley added a run in the bottom of the 4th to bring the final score to 10-6 as the game was called due to darkness.
Collin Collver got the win for Blacksburg on the mound. He pitched 2 1/3 innings, giving up five earned runs on six hits. He struck out five Titans and walked two. Craig Weaver pitched in relief for 1 2/3 innings. Weaver gave up one earned run off two hits. He struck out one batter and walked two.
Offensively, Blacksburg Blacksburg scored 10 runs on 6 hits and drew 7 walks. The Bruins were led by Stephen Case, who got on base three times, going 1/1 with two walks, and a run scored. Collin Collver, Craig Weaver, and Tyler VandeVord, each went 1/2. Weaver had two RBIs. Steven Case, Cole Epperley, and Parker White were all 1/3. Epperley scored two runs.
With the win, Blacksburg Middle School improved to 6-2-1 on the season. The Bruins will host Franklin County on April 8th at 5:30 pm at Old BHS.
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