The Blacksburg JV team traveled to Pulaski on Tuesday to play one of their old River Ridge foes, the Pulaski Cougars. The Cougars have improved of late as their Dixie youth program has gotten increasingly better, and now, those players have transitioned to JV.
Blacksburg jumped out in front 2-0 in the top of the 1st. Justin Snyder led off with a single to LF and then Ryan Anderson singled to LF, advancing Snyder to 3B. CJ Linares hit a sac fly, which scored Snyder. Hunter Radford drew a walk and then Brad Shelton reached base on a fielder’s choice. Wesley McCoy singled to LF, scoring a run and then a ground out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Blacksburg starting pitcher, CJ Linares, retired the Pulaski side in order on just twelve pitches.
The Bruins extended their lead to 4-0 in the top of the 2nd. With two outs, Snyder hit a double and then Anderson singled, advancing Snyder to 3B. Linares then singled to RF, scoring Snyder and Anderson advanced to home on an errant Cougar throw. A strike out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
The Cougars plated a run in the bottom of the 2nd to narrow their deficit 4-1. A single, a walk, and then an infield error produced the run for Pulaski.
Blacksburg picked up another run in the top of the 3rd to extend their lead to 5-1. Brad Shelton led off with a single to RF and then McCoy reached base on an infield error. After a strike out, Blake Davis hit a sacrifice, scoring a run. A fly out ended the inning for the Bruins.
Neither team scored in the 4th inning, and Blacksburg was held scoreless in the top of the 5th as well. Hunter Radford did single in the 5th, but was stranded.
Pulaski battled back in the bottom of the 5th, scoring two runs to cut the Bruin lead to 5-3.
Jordan Shockley singled in the top of the 6th with one out, but was stranded.
The Cougars picked up another run in the bottom of the 6th to make the game a one run game.
CJ Linares singled in the top of the 7th with one out, but was stranded. After a lead off single in the bottom of the 7th, Blacksburg pitcher Brad Shelton struck out a batter for the first out. A Cougar reached base on an infield error, and then Shelton struck out the next two batters to end the game and prevent the comeback by stranding the two Cougars.
Blacksburg starter, CJ Linares, got the win on the mound for the Bruins. He pitched four innings, scattering two hits, walked four batters, and struck out six Cougars. Justin Snyder pitched in relief for 2/3 of an inning, and then Brad Shelton closed the game with two big innings, giving up just one hit and striking out four batters. He did not walk anyone.
Offensively, Blacksburg scored five runs on ten hits. The Bruins were led by CJ Linares, who was 2/3 with one RBI and Justin Snyder, who was 2/4 with two runs scored. Ryan Anderson was also 2/4 and scored a run. Hunter Radford, Brad Shelton, Wesley McCoy, and Jordan Shockley each added a hit.
Head Coach Jonathan Hagee was very pleased with his team’s performance, especially given the long break since the team last played. “This was a big win for us. This Pulaski team is really talented. It’s a young group there, but talented. When you combine all the freshman on JV and the sophomores on varsity, they’ve got a good group there.”
“I’m really proud of our effort. We gutted it out. We jumped on them early and then had a tough time with their relief pitcher. Brock Draper has a quality knuckle ball. It made the fastball seem faster. The top of the line up has done a great job, specifically Justin and Ryan. We haven’t played in 18 days, so to go out and play like that was really good. I’m very proud.”
With the win, the Bruins improved to 4-1 on the season.
Tag(s): BHS JV