The 2011 season season opener was a good one for Blacksburg, as both JV and Varsity swept Giles in their respective games.
In the Varsity contest, the Bruins stormed back from a 6-2 deficit to beat Giles 11-6.
Giles would score first, picking up two runs in the first, aided by four Bruin errors. Giles would add a RBi single and sac fly to push the score 2-0.
In the bottom of the 2nd, Giles increased their lead to 5-0. Two sun misguided balls gave them base runners, and then an RBI double, RBI single, and FC scored three runs for the Spartans.
After a scoreless 3rd inning, Tyler Barry and Camden Croy homered in the top of the 4th to cut the lead to 5-2.
In the bottom of the 5th, a Giles double would push across a run to extend their lead to 6-2.
After a scoreless 6th, BHS staged a 9 run rally in the top of the 7th. With one out, Camden Croy walked, Ben Fraley singled, and Danny Osimani was HBP to load the bases. Owen Ball then singled, scoring Croy, to cut the gap to 6-3. After Tyler Barry struck out for the 2nd out, Alex Shimozono, Cody Huff, Casey Herman, John Hamborsky, and Camden Croy all drew consecutive walks to give BHS a 8-6 lead. Ben Fraley hit a two run single to push the lead to 10-6. Danny Osimani reached on an error to drive in the final run.
Giles was held scorelss in the 7th for the final margin of 11-6.
Cody Huff pitched 4 innings, giving up five runs, with only one being earned, and struck out five. Alex Shimozono pitched the final three innings in relief, picking up the win. Shimozono allowed one run and struck out five.
When asked about the game, Coach Shockley said "A terrible defensive start to the game in the first two innings, but we settled down after that. Huff pitched well, but we had a lot of errors behind him. Shimozono did well in relief. I'm extremely proud of the great at bats in the 7th inning. Scoring 6 runs with 2 outs should be a confidence builder."
Blacksburg JV- 7 Giles JV- 5
In the JV game, the Bruins held off Radford 7-5 for their first win of the season.
Blacksburg jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottoom of the 1st off of four hits and two Giles errors. Aidan Ball knocked in two runs on a Giles error, and Alex Pickerel picked up two RBIs with a hard single to left field. Dylan Turman had an RBI due to a Giles error.
Giles added a run in the top of the 2nd and 3rd to cut the lead to 5-2.
The Bruins would add another run in the 3rd when Colin Ball stole home on a passed Ball. Ball started the inning with a hit, and advanced to 2nd on an error. Alex Pickerel drew a walk and then both runners advanced on a double steal, putting Ball on 3rd to eventually steal home. The Bruins would lead 6-2 after three innings of play.
Giles added a run in the top of the 4th to cut the lead to 6-3.
in the bottom of the 4th, John Hinson reached base on an error, and then stole 2nd and 3rd. Hinson would later score on a passed ball to make the score 7-3.
Giles would pick up one run each in the 5th and 6th innings, but not enough to overtake the young Bruins. Blacksburg would win the game 7-5.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by John Hinson, Zach Craven, and Collin Ball, who all had two hits each.
Aidan Ball got the start on the mound, pitching five innings, giving up four hits, and striking out six. Ball was also the winning pitcher.
Zach Craven pitched in relief, pitching two innings, striking out two and giving up two hits.
Head Coach John Weller said "it's good to get off to a good start. I've got a young team....I'm proud of the kids and all the hard work they've put in so far. I'm really looking forward to this season."
Both Blacksburg teams play Radford in a make up game on Friday March 18th.
Tag(s): BHS Varsity