Blacksburg visited Roanoke to face one of its rival Conference 32 foes, Hidden Valley, looking to avenge an 8-5 loss earlier in the season at home to the Titans. This game turned into a classic duel as both teams hit the ball well, but had trouble pushing runs across the plate. In the end, Hidden Valley would rally from two runs down to win 3-2 in the last inning.
Justin Snyder led off the game in top of the 1st with a single, but was stranded. Blacksburg starting pitcher, CJ Linares, retired the Titans in consecutive order in the bottom half of the inning.
Brad Shelton led off the top of the 2nd with a double to LF, and after an out, advanced to 3B on a fly ball. However, a strike out ended the inning as Shelton was stranded standing on 3B.
Linares kept Hidden Valley scoreless through the bottom of the 6th inning, scattering five hits, walking two batters and striking out three Titans.
Blacksburg produced two base runners in the top of the 3rd. Blake Davis reached on an error to lead off the inning and after two outs, Linares hit a ground ball single. Both runners were stranded after a line out to end the inning.
In the top of the 4th, Shelton left off with another double, this time to CF, but was stranded after three consecutive Bruin outs.
Blacksburg broke the ice and took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 5th. With one out, Jordan Shockley reached on a Titan infield error and then stole 2B. After a ground out, Linares hit his second single of the game, a shot to LF, which scored Shockley. Hunter Radford then singled to LF, but both he and Linares were stranded after a ground out.
The Bruins would add a second run in the top of the 6th to extend their lead to 2-0. Ryan Anderson led off the inning by drawing a walk, but the Bruins hopes were quickly dashed after a double play ground ball hit to 2B that cleared the bases. With two outs, Camden Wise started a second rally of the inning with a single to LF and then stole 2B. Davis reached base on an error by the Hidden Valley outfield, which allowed Wise to score from 2B (2-0). Shockley got on base with a bunt single, but then a strike out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
With two outs in the top of the 7th and still leading 2-0, Shelton singled to CF. Anderson then singled to RF, advancing Shelton to 2B. However, a runner was tagged out running on the bases for the third out of the inning.
In the bottom of the 7th, Hidden Valley would rally to win the game 3-2. The lead off batter reached base on a Bruin infield error and then the next batter drew a walk to put two runners on base with no outs. A single to CF loaded the bases for the Titans. The next batter also drew a walk, this time forcing a run home (2-1). A single then tied the game at 2-2 with bases loaded and still no outs. A walk off single to RF ended the game and completed the comeback for Hidden Valley.
Blacksburg starting pitcher CJ Linares scattered six hits over six innings, and allowed just two earned runs. He walked three and struck out three batters. Brad Shelton pitched in relief, giving up two hits, and walking one batter.
Offensively, Blacksburg scored two runs on ten hits and one walk. The Bruins defense committed four errors. Brad Shelton led Blacksburg at the plate, going 3/4. CJ Linares was 2/4 while Justin Snyder, Hunter Radford, Ryan Anderson, Camden Wise, and Jordan Shockley each added a hit. Linares had Blacksburg’s lone RBI.
“There is noting I can really say,” said Blacksburg Head Coach Jonathan Hagee. “They left it all out there, which is all I can possibly ask for. CJ pitched phenomenally…As good as a game as he’s pitched since he’s played for me. We played ok defensively. On offense, we only had a couple strikeouts, but we put the ball in play hard when we hit it. Hidden Valley is pretty good defensively. Overall, they’re about as good as it gets and we’re right there with them. Both teams competed hard. This is definitely something to build on going into the last week. I’m disappointed for our players as I think we deserved to win. One of our team leaders said it best, we out played them for six innings and they out played us for one.”
With the loss, the JV Bruins are now 6-8 on the season.
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