By David Grimes Monday, July 09 2012 00:00
Blacksburg held Radford to just one hit in cruising to a lopsided 15-0 victory in the second game Sunday of the Dixie District 3 Baseball Tournament. The Radford loss eliminated the Bobcats from the tournament. The game was called after three innings due to the mercy rule.
Eli Monday led off the top of the first for Radford with a single. However, he was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double. The next two batters went down via strikeouts. Blacksburg came out clicking on all cylinders in its half of the inning. Cordell Croy led off with a walk, Sam Helton followed with a single and Luke Goforth then hit a two-run triple, to score Croy and Helton. Colin Colver was hit by a pitch and then stole second. Stephen Case nailed an RBI Single to score Colver. Tyler Vande Vord followed with a one-out single and advanced to second on a passed ball. Aiden Seeley drew a two-out walk, and then Blaise Butler laced an RBI single, Eric Heinze followed with an RBI single to help give Blacksburg a quick 7-0 lead.
The only highlight for Radford in the second inning was a walk by Caleb Sparks. Blacksburg struck again in the bottom of the inning. Helton hit a one-out single and scored on an RBI double by Goforth. Colin Colver followed with a run-scoring double. Case then singled to score Colver, Parker Epperley followed with a single and Vande Vord hit an RBI single to score Colver. When the dust finally settled, the Bruins had crossed the plate four times to extend their lead to 11-0.
In the top of the third, Austin Shepherd was the recipient of a two-out walk. However, he never made it past first. Blacksburg would put the game in the books in the bottom of the inning. Helton was hit by a pitch and Goforth walked. Case received a two-out walk to load the bases. Epperley reached on an error that scored Helton. Vande Vord thjen nailed a hit down the first base line that scored Goforth. Epperley would score on a Radford throwing error to end the game under the mercy rule, 15-0.
Eli Monday had the lone Radford hit.
Luke Goforth, Sam Helton and Stephen Case led Blacksburg with two hits apiece.
Goforth was the winning pitcher for the Bruins. He allowed one hit, walked one and struck out four in two innings.
Blacksburg plays Montgomery County at 6 p.m. tonight.
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