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Blacksburg JV Beats Carroll County 11-1

05/24/2015, 12:00pm EDT
By D. Gresh

Three Bruin Pitchers Combine for No Hitter


The Blacksburg JV Team traveled to Carroll County on Tuesday in hopes of rebounding from a couple of very close losses.  The long bus ride gave the Bruins plenty of time to mentally prepare and that they did.  Three Bruin pitchers, Justin Snyder, Austin Nickle, and Drew Babcock, combined for a no hitter while the Blacksburg offense racked up ten hits in route to an 11-1 win. 

Justin Snyder led off the game with a single to LF and CJ Linares followed with a single of his own to LF.  After a strike out, Brad Shelton singled to LF to load the bases for the Bruins. Ryan Anderson reached base on an error by the Cavalier SS, which permitted Snyder to score (1-0).  With bases still loaded, the next two Bruins were retired as Blacksburg stranded all three runners. 

Snyder started the game on the mound for Blacksburg and retired the Carroll County side in consecutive order, striking out the first two batters. 

The Bruins added three more runs in the top of the 2nd to extend their lead to 4-0.  Blake Davis reached on an error by the left fielder and then Jordan Shockley was HBP to put two Bruins on base with no outs.  Snyder reached 1B on a fielder’s choice as Davis was forced out at 3B.  Linares then reached on the second Cavalier error of the inning, which loaded the bases for Blacksburg.  Hunter Radford hit a two RBI double, scoring both Shockley and Snyder (3-0).  Brad Shelton drew a walk, which loaded the bases for the third time in the game.  Anderson reached base on a fielder’s choice, as Linares was forced out at home.  An error on the catcher, however, also allowed Radford to score (4-0).  A ground out ended the inning for Blacksburg. 

Carroll County scored an unearned run in the bottom of the 2nd.  Snyder struck out the first batter and then retired the second on a ground out.  A walk put a runner on base and then a second batter reached on an infield error.  A second consecutive infield error allowed the run to score.  Snyder struck out the last batter to end the inning with Blacksburg leading 4-1.

The Bruins tacked on four more runs in the top of the 3rd to extend their lead to 8-1.  Camden Wise reached 1B on an error by the third baseman.  After an out, Shockley singled to LF, advancing Wise to 2B.  Snyder was HBP, which loaded the bases.  Linares hit a clutch ground ball single past 3B, scoring Wise (5-1).   Radford hit a sac fly to RF, scoring Shockley (6-1).  Shelton then singled to LF, scouring Snyder and Linares (8-1).  A ground out ended the inning for Blacksburg.

Snyder got himself out of jam in the bottom of the 3rd.  After walking the lead off batter, Snyder struck out a batter for the first out of the inning.  A runner reached base on a Bruin infield error and then second walk loaded the bases for the Cavaliers.  However, Snyder forced a ground ball double play to Wise at SS, who flipped it to McCoy (2B) to get out of the inning. 

Neither team scored or produced any base runners in the 4th inning.  Austin Nickle retired the Carroll County side in consecutive order on just twelve pitches. 

In the top of the 5th, the Bruins scored three more runs to extend their lead to 11-1.  Drew Babcock led off the inning with a line drive single to LF and then Nickle reached 1B on an error by the Cavaliers SS.  Jayme Bibbins singled to CF, which loaded the bases for Blacksburg, and still no outs for the Bruins.  Ryan Oosterhuis grounded out to SS, but recorded an RBI by scoring Babcock from 3B (9-1).  Alex Walter hit a single, permitting Nickle to score (10-1) and then Devon Stosser reached base on an outfield error, which scored Bibbins (11-1).  The next two Bruins were retired in order to end the productive inning for Blacksburg.

Babcock was inserted to pitch in the bottom of the 5th.  He faced five batters and did not allow Carroll to score and ended the game via the ten run rule. 

Starting pitcher Justin Snyder did not allow a hit over his three innings of work.  He walked three batters and struck out five Cavaliers.  Austin Nickle and Babcock pitched one inning of relief each.  Neither pitcher allowed a hit.  Nickle had one strike out while Babcock walked one batter.  The three pitchers combined for the rare no hitter.

Offensively, Blacksburg scored eleven runs on ten hits.  Brad Shelton was 2/2 with an RBI and CJ Linares was 2/3 with an RBI.  Justin Snyder, Jayme Bibbins, Hunter Radford, Alex Walter, and Drew Babcock each had a hit. 

“All our pitchers pitched really well,” said Head Coach Jonathan Hagee.  “Justin gave us a good start and then Austin and Drew finished it up for us.  A no hitter is a really special feat in our game, to have three guys from your staff combine to do it is an amazing thing.  I'm really proud of how we threw the ball tonight!"

“The entire line up hit the ball hard and we were able to get some other players some at bats as I’ve been wanting to get them some opportunities.  We are looking forward to getting a second shot at Christiansburg this week. I think we’re coming together at the right time.”  

With the win, the Blacksburg JV team improves to 7-8 on the season.

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