Pulaski JV visited Blacksburg JV for the second of their two meetings on the season. The Bruins were looking to sweep the Cougars on the season following a very close 5-4 game in Dublin. This game would be no different as both teams traded blows, with Pulaski coming out on top 4-3.
The Cougars got off to a quick 2-0 after Blacksburg pitching walked four of the first five batters.
Blacksburg was held scoreless in the bottom of the 1st. Justin Snyder led off with a walk, but was stranded after the next three batters were retired in order.
The Bruin’s Snyder was inserted to pitch in relief in the 1st inning and retired the Pulaski side in order n the top of the 2nd.
Blacksburg threatened in the bottom half of the inning, but could not push a run across. Brad Shelton led off with a double to CF and after a ground out, Ryan Anderson singled to, which advanced Shelton to 3B. Davis Roberson was HBP to load the bases for the Bruins. However, a fly out and strike out ended the promising inning for Blacksburg.
Snyder held the Cougars scoreless again in the top of the 3rd, retiring the side in order on just twelve pitches.
The Bruins finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 3rd. With one out, CJ Linares reached 1B on a Cougar infield error, and then stole 2B. After a strike out, Shelton delivered timely hit, an RBI single to RF, which scored Linares from 2B. A ground out ended the inning for Blacksburg, but they had narrowed Pulaski’s lead to 2-1.
Neither team scored in the 4th inning. Pulaski produced a base runner via a walk, but he was stranded after Snyder retired the next three batters in order. Blacksburg was retired in order.
In the top of the 5th with one out, Pulaski generated a single to get a runner on base, but catcher Hunter Radford threw him out in an attempt to steal 2B. Snyder then forced a ground ball to SS for the final out of the inning.
The Bruins would tie the game in the bottom of the 5th 2-2. With one out, Jordan Shockley and Linares drew back-to-back walks. Radford
Then singled to LF, scoring Shockley (2-2). With two Bruins on base and just one out, Blacksburg was positioned to take the lead, but a strike out and ground ended the inning for the Bruins.
Snyder retired Pulaski in order in the top of the 6th for the fourth time in the game. The Bruins then took the lead in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Roberson and Camden Wise drew walks and then Snyder helped himself with a single to load the bases. Shockley hit a fielder’s choice to the pitcher, and Brett Babcock, who was inserted to run for Snyder, scored to take the lead 3-2. The Bruins had another good opportunity with bases still loaded, but a fly out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Pulaski would take the lead into eh top of the 7th. A lead off walk and then a double scored a run to tie the game at 3-3, and then an attempted steal of 3B resulted in a Bruin error, which allowed the runner to go home for the 4-3 lead. The next two batters were retired in order to end the inning.
Blacksburg failed to rally in the bottom of the 7th as the line up was retired in consecutive order.
Justin Snyder pitched six complete innings in relief, allowing just two hits and one earned run. He walked two batters and struck out six Cougars.
Brad Shelton pitched an inning in relief. He faced five batters, and did not allow a hit or a walk. He struck out one Cougar.
Offensively, Blacksburg JV scored three runs off five hits and five walks. Two of the runs were earned. Brad Shelton was 2/4 with an RBI while Justin Snyder, Hunter Radford, and Ryan Anderson each added a hit.
Head Coach Jonathan Hagee was disappointed with the loss, but not his team’s effort. "This was the beset game we played defensively all year. Justin came in and pitched exceptionally well for us. I saw things today that I haven’t seen before…..We made some tough plays that you don’t expect kids to make. Pulaski is having a good season so to compete with them is big plus. They have a very young group who is talented. I like our chances in the top of the 7th but we had a lead off walk and that gave them a big advantage. Cam wise did some incredible things for us at SS. Brad led us at the plate again, and gave us everything he had. I’m only disappointed in the result because we want to win every game, but from a coaching perspective, it was exactly what I wanted. If we continue to do that, we’ll be on the end of where we want to be. This one got away from us. Disappointed in the results but outside of that, I’m not disappointed in anything else. It was great to see some kids step up and do things I haven’t seen them do before. This young team is really developing well and the future is bright."'
With the loss, the JV Bruins fall to 6-7 on the season.
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