The Blacksburg JV team traveled to Christiansburg for it’s season ending game with their cross county rival. With a win, the Bruins would finish the season with consecutive wins, and avenge their early season loss to the Blue Demons.
The game was a part of a two game DH between both school's JV and Varsity teams. Even though the game was being played in Christiansburg, the JV Bruins were the “home” team due to the game being moved from Old BHS to the Blue Demons facility as part of the DH. The JV game was a classic pitchers duel, with only five combined hits and a hard fought 2-1 victory for the visiting Bruins.
The first inning turned out to be an indicator of the type of game that would be played. Blacksburg’s Brad Shelton took the mound for the Bruins and retired the Blue Demon side in consecutive order on just eleven pitches. Meanwhile, the Bruins were retired in order as well, and on just thirteen pitches. A pitchers duel was in the making.
Neither team got anything going through three complete innings as the game was dominated by pitching. Drew Babcock did draw a walk in the bottom of the 3rd with two outs, but was stranded.
The top of 4th inning produced the first hit of the game, a lead off double by Christiansburg. However, Shelton grabbed a hard line drive up the middle and then alertly flipped the ball to Chris Wysocki, who was playing 2B, for the double play. Shelton then forced a fly ball to CF for the last out of the inning.
Blacksburg took the lead in the bottom of the 4th on a clutch RBI double from Ryan Anderson. Camden Wise led off the inning by reaching base on an infield error. After an out, Wise stole 2B to put himself in scoring position. The next Bruin hitter struck out and then Anderson delivered the RBI hit to RF, scoring Wise (1-0). A second strike out ended the inning for the Bruins.
The Blue Demons fought back in the in the top of the 5th to tie the game at 1-1. The lead off batter reached 1B on a Bruin infielding error and then the runner stole 2B. A fielder’s choice ground ball advanced the runner to 3B and then the runner scored on another infield error (1-1). Shelton struck out the next batter and then forced a line out to end the inning.
Blake Davis reached 1B in the bottom of the 5th on an infield error, but was stranded after the next three Bruin batters were retired in consecutive order.
Neither team produced a base runner in the 6th inning, setting the stage for an exciting final inning.
Christiansburg led off the top of the 7th with a single to CF, and then the runner stole 2B. Shelton forced a line out to 2B, and then a batter reached 1B on a fielding error of a bunt. With runners at the corners, the next batter was inadvertently HBP, which loaded the bases. However, Shelton forced a ground ball back to himself and he alertly got the force out at home and then catcher Hunter Radford threw to first for the heads up double play to end the inning and get the Bruins out of the jam.
In the bottom of the 7th, Anderson led off the inning with a double and moved to 3B on a balk call. Wes McCoy hit a bunt single, but Anderson was unable to score. Christiansburg intentionally walked Blake Davis to load the bases in order to create a force out at any base. With Jordan Shockley at the plate, and a 2-1 count, the Christiansburg catcher could not stop a wild pitch, and Anderson scored to win the game 2-1 in dramatic fashion.
Pitcher Brad Shelton pitched a complete seven-inning game, giving up just two hits and no earned runs. He did not walk anyone and struck out five batters.
Offensively, Blacksburg scored two runs on three hits and two walks. Ryan Anderson was 2/3 with one RBI. Wesley McCoy had the other hit for the Bruins.
After the game, Head Coach Jonathan Hagee said he “was incredibly proud of his team. Every time these two teams get together, it's a classic battle. In the last two years, all four games have been decided by one run. It's an intense rivalry that's always well played on both sides."
“I can’t say enough about Brad Shelton and the performance he gave us tonight. To throw a complete game, three hitter against this type of team is really incredible. They are one of the best teams we faced all season.”
“Ryan Anderson really stepped up for us offensively. He changed the game when he drew that balk to get himself to third base and that comes with lots of experience. We had many players step up tonight and do the little things that don’t’ necessarily show up in the score book, but win games for you.”
“The sophomores I've had for the past two years have been two of the most enjoyable seasons of my coaching career…They’ve taught me as much as I’ve taught them in the 20+ games we've won.. I’m proud of how we finished. We have a young team and when you look at the whole season, we had some ups and downs, but at the end of the day, we beat some really good teams on the road…. At Christiansburg, at Pulaski, and at Cave Spring. The future is bright and I’m looking forward to watching these players develop even further.”
With the win, the Bruins JV Team finished the season with an 8-8 record and two consecutive wins.
Tag(s): BHS JV