Blacksburg hosted Christiansburg in the first of a two game season series with it’s cross county rival. Christiansburg rallied from 1-0 deficit to jump on the Bruins mid way through the game, and never looked back in the 6-2 win.
After a scoreless first inning, Blacksburg starting pitcher, Adam Linkous, held the Blue Demons in check in the top of the 2nd. Christiansburg did load the bases off a single, a walk, and then an infield error, but Linkous forced a double play at 3B to get out of the jam.
In the bottom of the 2nd, Ben Anstrom continued his hot streak at the plate with a one out single to CF. After a strikeout, Jake Verniel drew a walk to put two Bruins on base. But then, a fly out ended the inning for the Bruins.
Christiansburg was held scoreless in the top of the 3rd. Linkous faced five Blue Demons, walking one, and one got on base by an infield error.
The Bruins struck first, scoring a run in the bottom of the 3rd to take a 1-0 lead. Seb Cianelli reached first base on an error and then after a ground ball out, and a dropped third strike out, Cianelli advanced to 3B. He came home on an errant throw (1-0). A fly out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Christiansburg scored four runs in the bottom half of the frame. A lead off walk, and then two singles loaded the bases for the Blue Demons...All with no outs. A ground ball single scored a run to tie the game 1-1. A player was then HBP, which forced a run home (2-1). After a strike out, a walk forced another run home (3-1). The runner at 3B then came home on a passed ball error (4-1). Linkous struck out the next batter and then forced a fly out to CF to quickly end any more scoring by Christiansburg.
Blacksburg got two runners on base in the bottom of the 4th; Anstrom and Verniel both drew walks, but were stranded.
Christiansburg added two runs in the top of the 5th to extend their lead to 6-1. A lead off walk, then an RBI double scored a run for the Blue Demons (5-1). Christiansburg scored another run on two more singles (6-1).
Blacksburg responded in the bottom of the 5th with a run of their own to narrow the lead to 6-2. Cianelli led off the inning with a single and then McCoy reached base on an infield error to put two Bruins on base with no outs. But, then a pop up and strike out quickly turned the momentum of the inning. Jake Schrimer reached base on a second Blue Demon infield error, which allowed Cianelli to score. A ground out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Blacksburg pitcher Jake Verniel retired the Blue Demon side in order in the top of the 6th. In the bottom of the inning, Tyler Davis led off with a ground ball single and then Michael Olszewski drew a walk, but both were stranded.
Verniel retired the side in order again in the top of the 7th on just eleven pitches.
With one out, Adam Linkous singled to RF, but was stranded as the next two Bruin batters struck out and flied out to end the game.
Although the meeting between the two conference opponents counts towards the overall conference record, the game does not count towards the Conference 32 tournament seeding. The second of the two contests will count towards Conference 32 Tournament seeding. Overall, there are five conference games that count towards the Conference 32 Tournament seeding process; the games vs. Abington and Patrick County, and then the second game of the series between Hidden Valley, Cave Spring, and Christiansburg.
With the loss, the Bruins fall to 7-4 on the season.
Offensively, Blacksburg scored two runs on four hits and five walks. Both runs were unearned. Seb Cianelli, Adam Linkous, Ben Anstrom, and Tyler Davis each had a hit for the Bruins.
Adam Linkous was the starting pitcher for Blacksburg, scattering five hits over four innings. He walked five and struck out seven batters.
Jake Verniel pitched three innings in relief. He gave up three hits and walked one batter.
The Bruins travel to Salem on Wednesday for a game with the another former River Ridge foe, the Salem Spartans.
Tag(s): BHS Varsity