Another storm delay would not derail the Bruins tonight as they pounded out 14 hits and scored 22 runs in just 3 innings to beat Farmville 22-6. Dixie Youth has a new mercy 15 run rule after 3 innings, thus, the reason for the short game. The opportunity to save pitching and rest players is rare and especially valuable given the long duration of a State Tournament...Especially one with many rain delays and long travel. The more typical mercy rule that is invoked is 10 runs ahead after four innings of play. The 15 run rule isn't observed very often as all the teams in a State Tournament are District Champions or a very good host team.
In the top of the 1st, Blacksburg wasted little time getting started, scoring 6 runs to pull ahead 6-0 after just one half inning. The Bruins loaded the bases very quickly by drawing three straight walks to start the game. Wesley Mccoy then hit a sacrifice to score Luke Goforth, who was the lead off batter. Davis Roberson then came to the plate and made Farmville pay for the walks by hitting a 2 RBI double, scoring Ben Freel and Cole Epperley, the # 2 & 3 hole hitters who drew walks. Jacob Lucas then drew a walk, and Grant Johnston singled to score Roberson. Cordell Croy walked and then Matt Freel hit a 2 RBI double, scoring Lucas and Johnston.
In the bottom of the 1st, Farmville's clean up hitter hit a 3 run HR to make the score 6-3.
In the top of the 2nd, Blacksburg would blow the game wide open in dramatic fashion in an inning where not only did Blacksburg bat around, but Luke Goforth batted three times in the inning!
Colin Collver started the inning with a hard hit single. Luke Goforth and Ben Freel both drew walks to load the bases. Cole Epperely was HBP, which accounted for the Bruins first of 15 runs in the inning. Wesley McCoy then had an RBI single and re-loaded the bases. Davis Roberson then hit a grand slam to push the 6th run across of the inning, and the 12th overall, and there were still no outs.
With the bases now clean, Jacob Lucas and Grant Johnston both singled, and then Craig Weaver hit a RBI single, scoring Lucas. Cordell Croy bunted for a hit to load the bases again. Luke Goforth then hit a deep RBI sac fly, scoring Johnston, while Weaver and Croy advanced one base. Ben Freel then hit a 2 RBI double, scoring Weaver and Croy. Cole Epperley then bunted for a single. McCoy hit a 2 RBI single, driving in Freel and Epperley. Roberson and Johnston would both draw walks to load the bases for the fourth time in the inning. Weaver was then HBP, which scored a run and kept the bases loaded. Cordell Croy then hit a ball up the middle to score Roberson. The bases were loaded yet again. Grant Johnson would score on a wild pitch for the 15th run of the inning.
In the bottom of the 2nd, Grant Johnston struck out 2 batters and allowed no runs.
In the top of the 3rd, Blacksburg would add one more run to their total. Epperley was HBP. McCoy and Roberson both drew walks to load the bases. Jacob Lucas then hit a sac to score Epperley.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Farmville picked up 3 runs, to make the final score 22-6.
Grant Johnston pitched two innings, with 3 Ks, 3 walks, and scattered 5 hits. The youngest player on the team, Matt Freel, who is only league age 8, pitched the 3rd inning, allowing 3 hits, but uncharacteristically poor Blacksburg defense behind him yielded 3 runs.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Davis Roberson who went 2/2 with a grand slam HR, and a double and reached base four times with two walks. Other multiple hit players were Wesley McCoy, Grant Johnston, and Cordell Croy, all with two singles.
Tag(s): 9-10 Minors