The Blacksburg JV team hosted Carroll County on Monday. The Cavaliers came away with a tough 5-1 road win, despite a strong outing from Bruins pitchers Austin NIckle and Justin Snyder. Both pitchers gave up a combined four hits and no earned runs, as the Bruin defense allowed all five runs as unearned.
Carroll scored in their first at bat in the top of the 1st to take an early 1-0 lead. After a lead off single, a player reached on an infield error and then later, a sac fly scored the lead off batter.
The Cavaliers added four more runs in the top of the 2nd off a Bruin infield error, two singles, a walk, and a fielding and throwing error. After two complete innings, Carroll County lead 5-0 on just three hits.
Justin Snyder was inserted in to pitch in the 3rd inning and retired the side in consecutive order. He allowed just one hit the rest of the game, a single in the 5th inning.
Blacksburg was held to just three hits. Jordan Shockley singled in the bottom of the 4th and Blake Davis singled in the bottom of the 5th, but both were stranded. In the bottom of the 7th with one out, Davis reached base via an error, and after a strike out, Ryan Anderson drew a walk to get on base. CJ Linares hit a single to CF, which advanced Davis to 3B. Davis was able to come home on a throwing error by the Cavalier outfield. A ground out ended the game for Blacksburg.
After the game, Blacksburg head coach Jonathan Hagee said he was disappointed in the game. “They threw one kid the whole game. He was a pretty good pitcher. But, I’m extremely disappointed. We didn’t play as hard as we normally do and that’s on me because I didn’t get them ready to play. We had one really bad inning where errors raised their ugly head and did we did poorly. After that, I think we pressed and tried to get all the runs back at once.
“We’re a good team, but not good enough to overlook someone. Every time we hit it well tonight, we hit it right at someone. But, I’ve got to give the pitcher credit. he commanded the fast ball and curve ball for strikes and he didn’t walk many at all, two or three batters at most. We just couldn’t string hits together. We need to just keep battling. This is the first game since I’ve been coaching here where we lost a game to someone wasn't as good as us. We let one get away. “
With the loss, the Blackburg JV team falls to 5-2 on the season. The Bruins travel to Christiansburg for their next game.
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