The Blacksburg Varsity traveled to Roanoke on Tuesday to face Patrick Henry for the second of a two game season series. With the Patriots winning the first game 4-0, the Bruins were looking for revenge. Coming into the game at 11-3,, PH is having one of their best seasons in quite some time.
The Patriots held Blacksburg scoreless in the top of the 1st. Seb Cianelli and Ethan Goforth both had singles, but were stranded.
In the bottom of the frame, PH produced a single, had a player HBP, and the drew two walks, including one with bases loaded to score a run to take an early 1-0 lead.
Neither team scored in the 2nd inning. Blacksburg was retired in consecutive order on just eleven pitches.
In the top of the 3rd, the Bruins battled back, scoring two runs to take the lead 2-1. Michael Olszewski was HBP to lead off the inning, and then Cianelli reached on an infield error to put two runners on base with no outs. Both runners advanced a base on an errant throw and then Olszewski scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 1-1. After an out, Ben Anstrom hit an RBI single to LF, scoring Cianelli. Two consecutive outs, however, ended the inning for Blacksburg.
PH immediately responded with five runs of their own to re-take the lead 6-2. A lead off single and then a double scored a run (2-2) to tie the game for PH. Still with no outs, PH had consecutive singles to plate another run (3-2). After an out, a double scored a run (4-2) and Blacksburg made a pitching change. Two more singles produced two more runs for the 6-2 lead after three complete innings of play.
The 4th inning was another scoreless inning for both teams. Blacksburg was retired in consecutive order while Bruin Pitcher Morgan McCoy shut down the PH offense by retiring the Patriots in order as well.
Olszewski led off the top of the 5th by reaching on a dropped third strike, but then a double play ground ball emptied the bases for two quick outs. McCoy reached on an error by the PH SS, but was stranded.
McCoy held PH scoreless in the bottom of the 5th despite the Patriots loading the bases with two outs. McCoy struck out the last batter to get out of the jam.
Blacksburg tried to rally in the top of the 6th when Ethan Goforth led off with a single followed by a single from Adam Linkous. However, after an out, a player was caught stealing and then a ground ball out ended the promising inning for the Bruins.
Tyler Davis was inserted to pitch in the bottom of the 6th. He faced just four batters in keeping the Patriots scoreless. Blacksburg tried to rally again in the top of the 7th with two outs, but came up short. Cianelli reached on an infield error and then McCoy hit a single to put two Bruins on base. However, the next batter lined out to end the ball game.
Adam Linkous gave up six hits over 2 1/3 innings. He walked three batters and had one batter HBP. Morgan McCoy pitched in relief for 2 2/3 innings. He gave up five hits, struck out three and did not walk anyone. Tyler Davis pitched one inning in relief. He gave up one hit, struck out one batter and did not walk anyone.
Offensively, Blacksburg produced two runs off six hits. Surprisingly, they did not draw a walk. Ethan Goforth was 2/3 while Seb Cianelli, Morgan McCoy, Ben Anstrom, and Adam Linkous each added a hit. Anstrom had the lone Bruin RBI.
With the loss, Blacksburg is now 9-6 on the season and faces the Pulaski Cougars on Friday In Dublin, VA.
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