The Blacksburg JV team hosted Patrick Henry on Tuesday and the Bruins got their season back on track with a 10-0 win over the visiting Patriots.
The Bruin's Brad Shelton took the mound for Blacksburg and retired PH in consecutive order on just twelve pitches to start the game in the top of the 1st. In the bottom half of the frame, the Bruins put runners on the bases but could not push a run across. Justin Snyder led off with a single to LF and then Jordan Shockley reached on an error by the Patriot SS. A runner was out advancing on the play and then CJ Linares singled. However, a double play ground ball quickly ended the inning for the Burins.
Shelton held PH again to no runs in the top of the 2nd and 3rd while Blacksburg was retired in the bottom of the 2nd in consecutive order. The Bruins finally broke out in the bottom of the 3rd, scoring four runs to take a 4-0 lead. With one out, Camden Wise reached on an infield error and then Snyder hit his second single of the game. Shockley walked to load the bases for the Bruins, still with no outs. Linares hit a RBI ground out to score Wise to put the first run on the board at 1-0. Hunter Radford reached by error, which allowed Snyder to score (2-0). Drew Babcock was inserted as a courtesy runner for Radford. Shelton then singled to CF and the RBI scored Shockley and then Babcock (4-0) on the throwing error. Jayme Bibbins was inserted to pinch run for Shelton. A ground out ended the inning for the Bruins, but not before taking a 4-0 lead.
Shelton kept PH scoreless the rest of the way, only giving up five total hits. He pitched six total innings as the game ended via the ten-rule rule. He struck out six Patriot batters and did not walk anyone.
The Bruins added four more runs in the bottom of the 4th to extend their lead to 8-0. Ryan Anderson led off by drawing a walk and then stole 2B and advanced to 3B on an error by the Patriot second baseman. On his way to 3B, the third baseman made an error, allowing Anderson to score (5-0). After an out, Wise singled with a ground ball past 3B and Snyder then drew a walk. Wise advanced to 3B on a wild pitch and then a single by Shockley scored Wise (6-0). Snyder then came around to score (7-0) on throwing errors by PH while Shockley advanced all the way to 3B. Linares hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Shockley (8-0) and then Radford was HBP. Babcock was inserted as a courtesy runner again, but the inning ended when a runner was caught stealing.
Blacksburg added two more runs in the bottom of the 6th to end the game 10-0. Blake Davis led off the inning with a single to CF and then Alex Walter reached on an infield error. Babcock reached on an error, which loaded the bases for the Bruins. After a strike out, Chris Wysocki drew a RBI walk, scoring Davis (9-0). The next Bruin flew out, but then Shelton helped his own cause by drawing the game ending RBI walk, scoring Walter (10-0).
Offensively, Blacksburg scored ten runs on seven hits and capitalized on nine PH errors. Justin Snyder was 2/2 with two runs scored. Jordan Shockley, CJ Linares, Brad Shelton, Blake Davis, and Camden Wise each added a hit. Shelton had three RBIs, while Linares added two RBIs.
With the win, the JV Bruins improve to 6-6 on the season. Head Coach Jonathan Hagee was pleased that his team had gotten back on track. He said, “I knew we were about ready to break out. We came ready to play. Our effort was there. We executed well and took advantage of our opportunities. I’m really proud that we were able to get everyone in and it was a total team effort. We just have to keep working hard.”
Tag(s): BHS JV