By Rodney Young
Blacksburg’s Tyler Davis stroked a two run double in the the third inning knocking in two runs and sophomore hurler Thomas Hughes pitched a complete game as the Bruins beat the Cougars 5-3.
The Cougars got a good pitching performances from senior Brayden Morris and Logan Alley, but offensively could get only six hits. Matt Melton went two for three at the plate knocking in two. Tyler Dotson had the other RBI, as he doubled scoring Tyler Blevins in the top of the fourth.
“We are not playing well enough to win,” said Cougar head coach Doug Dunavant. “You can’t win giving the other them four outs. We can’t win when we then strike out eight times. Its that kind of playing that’s getting us beat.”
The Bruins went up 1-0 in the second inning. With two on base and two outs Ethan Goforth hit a routine fly ball the Cougar outfielder dropped, allowing the run. They then scored three more in the third on Davis’s double and an Alex Pickeral single.
Down four to nothing, the Cougars finally got on the scoreboard in their half of the fourth to cut it to 4-1.
Alex Shimozono hit an RBI single for Blacksburg in the fifth to go up 5-1, scoring Davis.
With two outs in the sixth inning, Melton singled to score Blevins and Morris to put the score at 5-3. The top of the seventh saw Alley draw a base on balls and Jake Tabor single to right, but the pinch runner held up at first making sure the Bruins right fielder didn’t catch the ball. He didn’t, but he threw out the Cougar runner at second and the next two batters flew out and struck out to end the ballgame.
With the loss the Cougars fall to 5-6 overall and 0-4 in the district. Blacksburg is now 9-5 and 2-3.
Pulaski County is scheduled to play at home Tuesday against Salem and Friday against Christiansburg. Both games slated for 5 p.m. starts.
R H E LOB
BB 5 11 0 7
PC 3 6 1 6
BB – WP (HUGHES)
PC - LP (MORRIS)