Tyler Barry nailed a two-out game winning single on the first pitch in the bottom of the seventh to give Blacksburg a 5-4 non-district baseball win over visiting Radford Wednesday afternoon.
Radford (2-2) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Luke Phillips reached on an error, moved to second on a single by Deion Baylor, and the two of them advanced to second and third on a sac bunt by James Williams. Eli Facemire scored Phillips on an infield single. The Bobcats extended their lead to 2-0 in the third inning on a lead-off single by Drew Cox, one out walks to Hunter Marshall and Luke Phillips, and a sacrifice fly by Facemire.
Blacksburg (3-1) threatened in the fourth on a two-out single by Ben Fraley followed by a double by Tyler Barry (first Blacksburg hit of the game) to put runners on second and third, but they were stranded. The Bruins tied the score in the fifth. Casey Herman led off with a single and moved to second on a walk to Thomas Hughes. Alex Pickrell laid down a sac bunt and the ball was thrown away at third allowing Herman to score. Colin Ball’s one out sac fly to right scored Hughes to tie the score at 2-2.]
The Bruins took the lead in the sixth. Ben Fraley led off with a double and scored on a double by Tyler Barry. Barry moved to third on a sac bunt by Alex Shimozono and scored on Casey Herman’s infield grounder to take a 4-2 lead.
In the top of the seventh, Joey Sutphin and Paul Parcell led off with singles, chasing starting pitcher Alex Shimozono who was relieved by Thomas Hughes. Drew Cox followed with a bunt single to load the bases. Anthony Miano singled to score Sutphin and Hunter Marshall singled to score Parcell to tie the game at 4-4. With the bases loaded and no outs Hughes retired the next three batters to keep the score 4-4.
In the bottom of the seventh, John Hamborsky drew a one-out walk. John Hinson’s infield single put runners on first and second. Ben Fraley grounded into a fielder’s choice, moving Hamborsky to third and Fraley to first. Tyler Barry followed with a two-out game winning single on the first pitch to give the Bruins the 5-4 win.
Shimozono for BHS and Parcell for Radford both pitched six strong innings. Hughes got the win in relief and Jones took the loss for the Bobcats.
Tyler Barry was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs and Ben Fraley was 2-for-4 with a double to lead Blacksburg.
Drew Cox was 3-for-4 for Radford.
“I was proud of our effort today. Early in the game we had so many balls we hit hard right at someone. We had a lot of clutch at bats in the later innings and some big defensive plays when Radford had guys in scoring position. It was a very good high school baseball game," said Blacksburg head coach Jim Shockley.