With the win on Monday, the Blacksburg Varsity advanced to play the #1 seed, Hidden Valley in Roanoke on their home field. Both teams would need to use significant pitching in order to get to the championship, which assures both participating teams an automatic regional bid. The loser of the semi-final match up, however, would be eliminated for the season. Because of their first round bye, the Titans had fresh pitching staff and hitters, while the Bruins had to burn one of their top pitchers on Monday, and the team had a long trip back and forth to Patrick County.
The Titans Tyler Brogen would pitch a gem of a game for Hidden Valley, holding the high-powered Bruins to just two hits in a 2-0 shut out win. The Bruins were retired in order until the 3rd inning, when Jake Schirmer led off with a single. But, two consecutive outs ended the opportunity for Blacksburg.
Hidden Valley put a run on the board in the bottom half of the frame to take a 1-0 lead. With two outs, a double, a walk and a single produced the run for the Titans.
The Bruins would threaten ing the next inning, the top of the 4th. With one out, Morgan McCoy was HBP, and after an out, Ethan Goforth singled to CF to put two runners on base with two outs. However, a ground out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Neither team scored in the 5th. Tyler Davis drew a walk for the Bruins, but was stranded.
Blacksburg was retired in order in the top of the 6th while Hidden Valley extended their lead to 2-0. A lead off single, an out, and then two singles scored the run for the Titans.
The Bruins tried to rally in the top of the 7th, but came up short. With two outs, Jake Verniel bunted for a single and then Schirmer drew a walk to put two runners on base. Hidden Valley promptly brought in a relief pitcher for the last out, a ground out to 2B to secure the 2-0 win.
Jake Verniel pitched all six innings for Blacksburg. He scattered seven hits, walked two batters and struck out six.
Offensively, Blacksburg had just three hits. Jake Schirmer and Jake Verniel were both ½, while Ethan Goforth was 1/3.
After the game, Head Coach Danny Shouse was naturally disappointed with the outcome. “I feel bad for Jake Verniel…He pitched a heck of a ball game and more than good enough for us to win. We just couldn’t hit today. Sometimes you just run into a pitcher who has a career day and is lights out.”
With the loss, Blacksburg’s season comes to and end at 14-8.
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