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Jefferson Forest Rallies in Bottom of 7 to Beat Blacksburg 4-3

05/29/2007, 3:20pm EDT
By BBA

Tuesday, May 27, 2007, Jefferson Forest --- Jefferson Forest and Blacksburg battled back and forth in Region III play Tuesday under a full moon. George Perkovich took the mound for Blacksburg and kept the Cavaliers in check most of the night. Jefferson Forest jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the game with multiple hit combinations. Much like the night before, Blacksburg battled back playing "small ball." In the top of the 4th, Blacksburg responded with three runs to go ahead 3-2. Doug Fylpa started the inning by drawing a walk. Then, Andrew Smith successfully bunted him to second and beat out the throw to first. Trey Gresh then moved both runners with a bunt and reached first. After an out, and with bases still loaded, Jake Badinelli drew a walk, scoring the first run. Joey Phillips then recorded a two RBI single scoring Smith and Gresh. The game proceeded through the next couple innings via a defensive battle, with multiple ground balls and several running catches in the outfield.

With Blacksburg leading 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, the full moon levied very interesting play. A Jefferson Forest batter reached first base by drawing a lead off walk. After stealing second, the runner tagged up and advanced to third on a long fly to right. A sacrifice fly resulted in a score, tying the game. With two outs, Jefferson Forest reached first on a sharp grounder to third. The runner stole second and then scored on a hard hit ball up the middle.

Two back-to-back late night games in Lynchburg seemed to take it's toll on the young Bruins. Jefferson Forest demonstrated why they were the number one seed, regular season Seminole, and tournament champion. Jefferson Forest advances to play Hidden Valley in a Region III semi-final game.


Full moon in Lynchburg.


Freshmen Justin Bishop and Ricky Sowers called up after the JV season.


SS Trey Gresh and 2B Joey Phillips warm up between innings.


1B Corey McCoy.


George Perkovich first to the plate.


Eric Houff readies for a 2nd inning hit.


Andrew Smith readies for a bunt single.


Doug Fylpa prepares to run on Andrew Smith's bunt.


Mark Manthe at the plate.


Clean up hitter Joey Phillips eyes the pitcher with bases loaded.


Trey Gresh rounds third, scoring from second.


Celebration at the plate after two runs come across to tie Jefferson Forest.


Catcher Greg Juanarena waits for the signal from the bench.


CF Andrew Smith.


Joey Phillips steals second.


Corey McCoy scoops a throw to record an out.


Jefferson Forest's 6'4" lefty starter fires to the plate.


Mark Manthe warms up in the bull pen.


Coach Shockley makes a pitching change.


Senior Doug Fylpa in his last game as a Bruin.


Senior Jake Badinelli prepares for the delivery.


Mark Manthe delivers a pitch.


The Bruins chase the lefty.


Bottom of the seventh.


Coach Shockley talks to the team about a terrific 15-10 season and the prospects for 2008. He closed by having each senior address the team.

Tag(s): 2007