Playing their 3rd and 4th games in two days, the Blacksburg Middle School team swept Staunton River in two highly contested games by the score of 3-2 in both games.
In the first game, the Bruins were lead by 5 innings of strong pitching by Adam Linkous, who scattered five hits and walking only two.
Blacksburg took the lead in the bottom on the 1st inning when Ethan Goforth stole home on a passed ball. Staunton River would tie the game in 4th inning and would briefly take the lead in the top of the extra inning, the 6th, 2-1.
The Bruins responded in the bottom of the 6th, scoring two runs to win 3-2. The rally started when Thomas Hughes reached on an error, Jake Schirmer then drew a walk, and Jake McCoy singled to load the bases. Tyler Davis doubled to the right center gap, scoring Hughes and Schirmer, for the walk off win in the bottom of the 6th.
Offfensively, Blacksburg was led by Ethan Goforth, Tyler Davis, Jake McCoy, Jake Schirmer and Jacob Notingham each with one hit. Thomas Hughes closed the game and picked up the win, pitching the last inning, scattering two hits, striking out one, and giving up one run.
In the second game, Morgan McCoy started the game, pitching two innings, giving up one run, striking out one, and didn't surrender any walks. Jake McCoy closed the game, pitching the last three innings, giving up one run, scattering three hits, and didn't walk anyone.
Offensively, the Bruins were led by Ethan Goforth, Morgan McCoy, Jake McCoy, and Jack Madigan, who all singled.
Staunton River would jump out to a one run lead in the first, 1-0. Blacksburg responded with three runs in the 4th. Goforth led off with a single, Aaron Lucas drew a walk, then Thomas Hughes reached base on an RBI fielder choice, scoring Goforth. Jake McCoy then singled and Jack Madigan doubled in two runs, Hughes and McCoy.
Staunton River attempted to rally, but adding a run in the 5th to close the gap to 3-2, but McCoy and the Bruins shut down the Eagles to win 3-2.
Head Coach Brian Davis commented that "we are very proud of his team....They played hard and kept battling even though they were struggling a bit offensively. I have to give credit to Staunton River's pitchers....They threw strikes and didn't walk anyone. You had to hit or sit. We showed a lot of character in these two tight ball games and never gave up. Our excellent defense and pitching was the difference today....We only walked two batters in eleven innings."
In Saturday's contest, Blacksburg swept Jefferson Forrest 16-0 and 14-11. The Bruins rallied in the second game down 11-5.
Tag(s): Blacksburg Middle School