After a three-day rain delay, the Blacksburg Minor All-Stars finally were able to take the field on July 4th against Christiansburg in the Minors Championship Game at Pulaski High School.
Raymond Ladd was the starting pitcher for the Bruins, and faced just four Blue Demons in the top of the 1st inning, with one player hitting a single.
In the bottom half of the frame, Blacksburg got it’s potent offense going, scoring four runs to take a 4-0 lead after one inning of play. With one out, Trevor VandeVord hit a single and then Spencer Campbell hit a RBI double, scoring VandeVord (1-0). Ladd helped his own cause by drawing a walk. After a fly out, Sean Kang hit an RBI double, scoring Campbell (2-0) and moving Ladd to 3B. Kai Feng then hit an RBI single, scoring Ladd and Kang (4-0). Isaac Poff hit a single, but the ball hit a runner, which by rule, is an out and ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Ladd was dominant in the top of the 2nd inning, striking out the Christiansburg side in consecutive order.
In the bottom of the 2nd, Rioll Pula drew a one out walk to get on base, but then a strike out and ground out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Ladd continued his dominance in the top of the 3rd, striking out the side in consecutive order for the second straight inning.
Blacksburg got their bats going again in the bottom of the 3rd. Eli Sterling led off with a triple and after an out, Spencer Campbell hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Sterling (5-0) from 3B. Ladd hit a single and then advanced to 2B on a passed ball. Conner Deane hit an RBI double, scoring Ladd (6-0). Kang kept the rally going with his second RBI double of the game, scoring Deane (7-0). Feng then hit his second single of the game, registering an RBI by bringing Kang home (8-0). Poff was HBP and then a strikeout ended the inning for Blacksburg, but not before they had built an 8-0 lead after three complete innings of play.
In the top of the 4th, Ladd forced a ground out to the first baseman, and then the next hitter got on base by drawing a walk. He stole 2B, and an infield error allowed the runner to advance to 3B. The Blue Demon then scored on a sacrifice fly (8-1) when the runner tagged and went home. Ladd forced the next batter to ground out to 1B to end the inning.
Blacksburg would end the game in the top of the 4th via the 10 run rule. With one out, VandeVord hit a double to get the offense going, and then scored (9-1) when Campbell hit his second double of the day. Ladd drew a walk and after a strike out, Kang registered his third hit of the day, a hard single, scoring Campbell (10-1) and moving Ladd to 2B. Feng delivered the game winning hit, an RBI double, scoring Ladd (11-1) and ending the game sealing the championship for the Blacksburg Minors.
Raymond Ladd was dominant on the mound, giving up just one hit over four innings while earning the win. He struck out six Blue Demons and walked one.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Sean Kang, who was 3/3 with two doubles, a single, four RBIs, and two runs scored. Kai Feng was 3/3, with a double, two singles and three RBIs. Spencer Campbell was 2/3 with two doubles, two RBIs, and two runs scored. Trevor VandeVord was 2/3 with a single, a double, and two runs scored. Raymond Ladd was 1/1, but reached base three times on two additional walks and scored all three times he was on base. Eli Sterling, Conner Deane, and Isaac Poff each added a hit. Sterling and Deane each scored a run.
With the win, the Blacksburg Minor All-Stars will represent District 3 as they advance to the Dixie Youth State Tournament in Madison Heights, VA. The Blacksburg Minors won four of their five games in the District Tournament via the ten run rule.
Congratulations to Christiansburg for earning District 3 Tournament Runner-Up.
By earning the District Championship and State Berth, Blacksburg Dixie Youth sas now won nine District Titles in just sixteen years. Blacksburg has won the State Championship twice, thus earning World Series berths, and has been State Runner-Up two times.
The State Tournament begins on Friday, July 17th in Madison Heights, VA.
Tag(s): 9-10 Minors