Patrick Henry visited Blacksburg on Friday for the first game of the two game season series. With their first loss of the season to Abington earlier in the week, the Bruins were hoping to get back on track, but the Patriots handed Blacksburg it’s second consecutive loss of the season.
PH jumped on Blacksburg quickly, scoring a run in the top of the 1st to go ahead 1-0. The Patriots scored their run when a batter reached on an error, and then advanced to 3rd on a ground out and a passed ball. A sacrifice fly scored the runner for the 1-0 lead.
Seb Cianelli led off the bottom of the 1st with a single to RF, but was stranded.
Neither team scored any runs in the 2nd or 3rd inning. Ben Anstrom singled in the bottom of the 2nd and Ethan Goforth singled in the bottom of the 3rd, but both were stranded.
In the top of the 4th, the Patriots scored another run to increase their lead to 2-0. Two lead off singles positioned PH into a scoring threat with no outs. A double to LF plated the run for the Patriots. Blacksburg’s starting pitcher, Adam Linkous, then worked himself out of the jam by striking out the next two batters and forcing a fly out.
The game was scoreless in the 5th inning as both teams sent just three batters to the plate.
PH added their lead in the top of the 6th with two runs for a score of 4-0. A lead off single and then a walk put two runners on base with no outs. However, Linkous forced a fielder’s choice ground ball and then struck out the next batter to register two quick outs. However, a crucial ground ball error allowed a batter to reach 1B, which permitted the two runs to score for PH.
Jake Schirmer drew a walk in the 6th inning, but was stranded.
PH scored an insurance run in the top of the 7th to increase their lead to 5-0. With one out, back-to-back walks produced two base runners and then an infield error allowed PH to load the bases. Linkous forced a fielder’s choice ground ball as Tyler Davis threw the runner out at home plate. But, a wild pitch allowed the runner at 3B to score (5-0). Linkous then forced a fly ball to end the inning and prevent any more runs from scoring.
Davis led off the top of the 7th with a single, but then two outs dimmed the Bruins comeback hopes. Cianelli drew a walk to put a second Bruin on base, but a strike out ended the game for Blacksburg.
Adam Linkous pitched the entire game for Blacksburg, scattering five hits and just one earned run. He walked three batters and struck out four.
Offensively, the Bruins only had four hits. Seb Cianelli, Ethan Goforth, Ben Anstrom, and Tyler Davis each had a hit for the Bruins.
With the loss, Blacksburg is now 6-2 on the season overall and 0-1 in conference play. Head Coach Danny Shouse said that "what disappoints me the most is a lack of leadership on the team, especially from the seniors. Too many of these boys have played too long to not have someone step up and be a leader. Leadership isn’t yelling or screaming, but leading by example.”
"We still have too many errors; they are everywhere. Come playoff time, some of these simple errors will cost us big time if we’re not careful. For some reason, we’ve fallen into this dip, just like last season at about the same time. But, we’re gonna work hard, keep playing baseball, and work our way out of it. This is a big week for us with three games.”
The Bruins have an opportunity to get back on track this week with games against Patrick County (Monday), Pulaski (Tuesday), and Carroll County (Friday).
Tag(s): BHS Varsity