Blacksburg beat NRV rival Pulaski 15-5 in a game between old the River Ridge counterparts. Pulaski jumped on the Bruins early, scoring a run in the top of the 1st to take the early lead 1-0.
The game stayed at 1-0 until the bottom of the 2nd when Blacksburg scored three runs to take the lead 3-0. Jake Schrimer lead off with a ground ball single and then after an out, Tyler Davis singled to LF, scoring Schirmer who had advanced to 2B on the prior play. After a ground out, Andrew Roberson doubled to RF, scoring Davis and then Seb Cianelli doubled scoring Roberson. A line out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Starting Blacksburg pitcher Tyler Davis kept Pulaski scoreless in the 3rd while the Bruins added another run to extend their lead 4-1. Linkous hit a one out double and then Ben Anstrom doubled, scoring Linkous. A ground out and fly out ended the inning.
Pulaski’s bats got hot in the top of the 4th, scoring four runs to re-take the lead 5-4. Blacksburg made a pitching change in the inning, going to Jake Verniel, who finished the inning.
But, it didn't take long for the Bruins to respond as they unloaded in the bottom half of the frame for nine runs to blow the game open, 13-5. The inning started with Roberson reaching on an error and then Cianelli and McCoy were HBP to load the bases with no outs. Ethan Goforth made Pulaski pay for their miscues with a grand slam HR as he cleaned off all the bases (8-4). Linkous then reached on an error and Schirmer hit the second Bruin HR of the inning to extend the Bruins lead to 10-5. After two outs, Jake Verniel hit a ground ball single and then Roberson reach on an error. Cianelli and McCoy drew back-to-back walks and then Goforth singled to CF. A player was caught stealing, which ended the inning, but not before the Bruins has recorded nine runs (13-5).
Verniel kept Pulaski scoreless in the top of the 5th and then in the bottom of the inning, Linkous was HBP to start the inning. Schirmer then hit his second HR of the game, which put two more runs on the board and ended the game via the ten run rule (15-5).
Head Coach Danny Shouse was pleased with the win vs. his old team. “We battled back when we needed to and took advantage of the opportunities they gave us. We played error free baseball on defense just. We have to keep this thing going.”
Tyler Davis started on the mound for Blacksburg. He pitched 3.2 innings for the Burins, giving up nine hits, five earned runs, one walk, and struck out four Cougars. Jake Verniel got the win, pitching in relief. He pitched 1.1 innings, scattering two hits, walking one and striking out two.
Offensively, Blacksburg scored 15 runs on 12 hits as each player had at least one hit. The Bruins were led by Jake Schirmer, who was 3/3 with two HRs and four RBIs. Ethan Goforth was 2/4 with a HR and six RBIs. Seb Cianelli, Morgan McCoy, Adam Linkous, Ben Anstrom, Tyler Davis, Jake Verniel, and Andrew Roberson each added a hit.
With the win, Blacksburg improves to 7-2 on the season.
Tag(s): BHS Varsity