Blacksburg Middle School traveled to Pulaski on Monday for a double header that was originally scheduled for the prior week. The Bruins played well, tying the Cougars in the first game 5-5, and beating them 11-8 in the second game.
In the first game, Pulaski took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning after Blacksburg was retired in consecutive order in the top half of the inning.
Blacksburg also failed to score in the 2nd inning, despite loading the bases. Parker White drew a walk with one out and Ryland Bennett followed with a hard line drive single. The Bruins then loaded the bases when Zack Cregger drew a walk, but two consecutive strikeouts ended the promising inning for Blacksburg.
Blacksburg pitcher Luke Goforth kept Pulaski scoreless in the bottom of the 2nd. A lead off single produced a Cougar base runner, and a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to 2B, but he was picked off by Goforth. After a single, Goforth forced the next batter into a ground ball out to second baseman, Tyler VandeVord.
In the top of the 3rd, pitcher Luke Goforth helped himself with a lead off double. Cole Epperley followed by drawing walk to put two Bruins on base with no outs. Goforth stole 3B and then was awarded home on a balk call by the umpire. Craig Weaver reached base on a Pulaski infield error and then a runner was caught stealing. After a fly out, Tyler VandeVord hit a hard line drive for a single, scoring Weaver, which tied the game at 2-2. Parker White reached base on another Pulaski infield error and Ryland Bennett was intentionally walked to load the bases for a force out at any base. A pop left bases loaded for the second consecutive inning.
Goforth kept Pulaski scoreless in the bottom the 3rd, facing just four batters and striking out two of them. A player did reach base on an error by a Bruin outfielder, but was stranded.
Blacksburg produced one base runner in the top of the 4th, a double by Goforth, but he was stranded as well.
Pulaski scored a run in the bottom of the 4th to pull ahead 3-2. With two outs, a Cougar reached base on a Bruin infield error and then after another walk, a double scored a run for Pulaski. The inning ended when Goforth picked off the runner at 3B.
Blacksburg got its offense going in the top of the 5th, scoring three runs to take the lead 5-3. Weaver led off the inning with a single and then advanced to 2B on a wild pitch. After a fly out, VandeVord reached base on an error and then Parker White reached base on a fielder’s choice to the pitcher. Bennett then reached base on a Cougar infield fielding error, scoring Weaver and VandeVord, which gave the Bruins their first lead of the game 4-3. With White standing on 2B, and now two outs, James Wilkes hit a line drive double, scoring Stephen Case, who had been inserted as pitch runner. A pop up ended the inning for Blacksburg, but not before they had taken the lead 5-3.
Pulaski tied the game in the bottom of the 5th, 5-5 on a homerun and a batter who singled and came around to score on a fielder’s choice.
The originally scheduled 5 inning game was called due to a pre-determined time limit with the score tied at 5-5.
Luke Goforth pitched four innings, scattering five hits, and allowed two earned runs. He struck out four batters and walked three. Zack Cregger came into pitch in relief, giving up two hits and two earned runs. He struck out two batters and did not walk anyone.
Offensively, Blacksburg produced five runs off seven hits and four walks. Luke Goforth led the Bruins, going 2/3 with two doubles and scoring a run. Craig Weaver was also 2/3 and he scored two runs. Tyler VandeVord, Ryland Bennett and James Wilkes each added a hit. Bennett had two RBIs.
In the second game of the DH, Blacksburg scored one run in the top of the 1st to take a 1-0 lead. With two outs, Cole Epperley hit a double and then scored when Colin Collver reached base on an infield error.
Zach Cregger started on the mound for Blacksburg and kept Pulaski scoreless in the bottom half of the frame.
In the top of the 2nd, Blacksburg picked up three runs to extend their lead to 4-0. Parker White led off the inning by drawing a walk and then Ryland Bennett hit a hard line drive for a single, advancing white to 2B. Cregger was HBP, which loaded the bases for the Bruins. James Wilkes then reached bases on a fielder’s choice, scoring White (2-0). Luke Goforth hit a sacrifice fly to CF, scoring Bennett (3-0). Stephen Case reached base on an infield error, which loaded the bases for Blacksburg. Epperley then hit a sacrifice fly to LF, which scored Cregger (4-0). A ground out ended the inning for the Bruins.
Pulaski scored eight runs in the bottom of the 3rd to take the lead 8-4.
Blacksburg battled back in the top of the 4th, scoring seven runs to re-take the lead 11-8. Bennett led off the inning by drawing a walk and then advanced to 2B on a passed ball. Cregger reached based due to a Pulaski infield error, advancing Bennett to 3B. Wilkes hit an RBI ground out, scoring Bennett from 3B (8-5). Goforth reached base on another Pulaski infield error, allowing Cregger to score (8-6). Goforth moved himself around to 3B by stealing second and third base. Stephen Case then reached base on an error by the first baseman, scoring Goforth (8-7). Cole Epperley then hit a hard line drive single, advancing Case to 2B. Both Epperley and Case advanced a base on a passed ball, setting the stage for them both to score (9-8) when Colin Collver hit a two RBI ground rule double. Collver moved to 3B on a passed ball and then Craig Weaver reached base on a Pulaski infield error, which allowed Collver to score (10-8). VandeVord hit a line drive single, moving Weaver to 2B. Parker White then followed with a hard ground ball single to load the bases for Blacksburg. Bennett then hit a fly ball single, scoring Weaver (11-8). A runner was tagged out on the bases, and then the next Bruin hitter lined out to end the big Blacksburg inning.
Weaver was inserted to pitch the bottom of the 4th inning. He retired the side in order, with a ground out and two strike outs to preserve the Blacksburg lead and win the game 11-8.
Zach Cregger, Tyler VandeVord, Ryland Bennett, and Craig Weaver each pitched one inning for Blacksburg. Cregger held Pulaski hitless, striking out two batters and did not walk anyone. VandeVord allowed one hit, walked four batters, struck out two, and gave up two earned runs. Bennett allowed two hits, struck out one batter, and walked one. Weaver earned the win for Blacksburg, striking out two and not allowing a hit.
Offensively, Blacksburg produced 11 runs off 7 hits. The Bruins were led by Cole Epperley and Ryland Bennett, who were both 2/2. Both hitters scored two runs and had an RBI. Colin Collver, Tyler VandeVord, and Parker White each added a hit. Collver had three RBIs.
With the tie and the win, Blacksburg improved to 5-2-1 on the season.
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