The Blacksburg JV team hosted Giles for the second game of its two game series with the Spartans.
Justin Snyder started on the mound for the Bruins and retired the side in consecutive order on just 15 pitches. Blacksburg was also held scoreless in the bottom half of the frame, although CJ Linares did reach base on a Giles infield error.
Snyder was dominant as he held Giles scoreless for the first three innings he pitched. The Spartans managed to get a runner on base in the 2nd with a double, and with a walk in the 3rd, as those were the only two base runners he allowed.
The game started out as a pitching duel as the Bruins were also held scoreless through the bottom of the 4th. In the bottom of the 2nd, Brad Shelton reached by an error and Wesley McCoy reached via a walk, but both were stranded. In the bottom of the 3rd, Snyder lead off with a single followed by ground ball single by Ryan Anderson. Despite two runners on base with no outs, the Bruins could not push a run across.
Giles drew blood first in the game in the top of the 4th, scoring two runs to take the lead 2-0. A lead off error by a Bruin outfielder set the table for the productive inning. After a ground out, another Spartan reached base, this time by an infield Bruin fielding error. A single then brought home a run and second run scored when another Bruin infield error occurred. Snyder then got the team out of the jam by striking out the next batter and forcing a ground out.
Blacksburg finally got its offense going in the bottom of the 4th, scoring seven runs to take the lead 7-2. Hunter Radford led off the inning by drawing a walk, and after an out, McCoy drew his second walk of the game. Blake Davis then drew a walk to load the bases for Blacksburg. Davis Roberson reached base on a fielder’s choice as Radford was forced out at home plate. Jordan Shockley drew an RBI walk to score McCoy (2-1) and then with bases still loaded, Snyder helped himself by delivering a two out, RBI single, scoring Davis from 3B and tie the game at 2-2. Radford came home on an errant throw by a Giles outfielder (3-2). Anderson drew a walk to get on base and then Linares doubled to LF, driving home Shockley and Snyder (5-2), with Anderson advancing to 3B. Up to bat for the second time in the inning, Radford hit a two RBI double to LF, scoring Anderson and Linares for the 7-2 lead. A fly out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Snyder kept Giles in check in the top of the 5th. A lead off runner reached on yet another Bruin infield error and after a ground out and a walk, Snyder forced a double play ball to end the inning a Giles scoring threat.
Blacksburg tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the 5th to extend their lead to 9-2. With one out, Roberson reached on a Giles infield error, as did Shockley. Roberson stole 3B and then scored when Snyder then hit a sacrifice fly (8-2). Linares delivered his second hit of the game, a single to CF, which drove home Shockley (9-2). A fly out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Austin Nickle was inserted to pitch in the top of the 6th. After giving up a lead off single, he struck out the next batter and then forced two ground outs to end the inning for Giles.
Blacksburg scored three more runs in the bottom of the 6th to end the game via the 10 run rule at 12-2. Shelton led off the inning with a single to CF and then Camden Wise drew a walk to put two runners on base with no outs. Davis reached base by a Giles infield error as did Ryan Oosterhuis. Shelton and Wise (11-2) scored as a result. Jayme Bibbins drew a walk, which advanced Roberson to 2B. Nickle then drew a walk to load the bases for Blacksburg. After a fly out, Chris Wysocki drew an RBI walk to end the game at 12-2 when Roberson crossed home plate.
Head Coach Jonathan Hagee was pleased with his team’s win and sweep of Giles. "I was really proud of Justin on the mound tonight. He has been working on his pitching a lot and I was proud of his effort. He’s been hitting the ball hard as well. The top of the line up has really been hitting the ball well. Hunter and CJ are Mr. consistency for us; you know what you’re going to get out of them every game. We played a lot of different people to reward some guys who have worked hard in practice and to see what they could do.”
“Defensively, we played better but still need get outside and work hard on that aspect. I’m looking forward to a week of practice of being outside. We to get some things cleaned up and stop some of our errors. It feels good to be 3-1 heading into Spring Break and we’ll keep working hard from here.”
Justin Snyder pitched five innings for Blacksburg in picking up the win on the mound. He scattered two hits, walked two batters, struck out six, and allowed just two earned runs. Austin Nickel pitched in relief for an inning, allowing just one hit and struck out one. He did not allow a run.
Offensively, Blacskburg scored 12 runs on 8 hits and 11 walks. The Bruins were led by Justin Snyder, who was 2/3 with 2 RBIs, and a run scored. Ryan Anderson was also 2/3 and scored a run. CJ Linares was 2/4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Hunter Radford and Brad Shelton each added a hit. Radford had 2 RBIs.
With the win, Blacksburg improves to 3-1 on the season.
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