The Blacksburg O-Zone team faced perhaps it's toughest pitching test yet, facing Rustburg's ace left hander, who pitched all six innings against the Bruins, scattering just three hits.
Rustburg wasted little time in scoring, putting up three runs in the bottom of the 1st inning, to the delight of over 300 Rustburg fans who were present. The inning was highlighted by a two run home run that got things going for Rustburg.
Rustburg added two more runs in the 2nd, and one run in the 4th to go up 6-0.
The Bruins fought back in the 6th, scoring all three of it's runs. Jack Madigan led off with a walk, then stole second and third. Hal Hughes then drew a walk and stole second. Andrew Roberson hit a sacrifice ground ball to score Madigan. Grayson Shelton hit a long single to score Hughes. Ethan Goforth then hit a double to score Shelton.
Jack Madigan, Grayson Shelton, and Ethan Goforth had the only hits for Blacksburg.
Adam Linkous, Bryce Nicolau, and Hal Hughes each pitched two innings for Blacksburg.
With the loss, Blacksburg drops down into the losers bracket and now faces Madison Heights in the final four of the State Tournament @ 6pm on Monday. The top two teams from the Virginia State Tournament earn berths into the Dixie Youth World Series in Lexington, South Carolina.
Tag(s): 11-12 O-Zone