Blacksburg beats Halifax 7-3 in finals of winners bracket

James Moyer Sports Complex, Salem VA, Monday, July 23, 2007 --- Blacksburg played in the finals of the winners bracket Monday, defeating Halifax County 7-3 to advance to the State semi-finals. Blacksburg is the only remaining unbeaten team while Halifax, Salem, and Charlotte County all have one loss. Blacksburg jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second, then added two more runs in third, and three in the fifth. Caden Croy, Hal Hughes, Adam Linkous, Morgan McCoy, and Thomas Hughes all pitched for Blacksburg. At the plate, Blacksburg was led by Thomas Hughes who went 2 for 3 with a double and single. He scored two runs, and had a stolen base. Thomas also pitched the last two outs in the top of the 6th to preserve the win. Andrew Guy went 2 for 3 and had 2 RBIs. After the game, Manager Mike Goforth said, "I'm very proud of everyone on this team. They all do their job. Some were asked to do things tonight that they aren't used to doing. The fan support continues to amaze me, but we still have work to do." Blacksburg plays Salem tonight at 8PM at Moyer Field. Halifax plays Charlotte County at 6PM in the opener.

The Blacksburg players wait their turn to play as they watch Charlotte County vs. Goochland.

National Director Leroy Floyd and State Director Charlie Green.

Many older Blacksburg players attend in support of their younger counterparts.

O-Zone All-Star coaches John Dascanio and Mike Barry made the trip to Salem to support the minors.

The Blacksburg team during player introductions.

Caden Croy fires to the plate in the first inning under the watchful eyes of the Blacksburg coaches.

Catcher Ethan Goforth has been dominant behind the plate.

Pitcher Caden Croy fields his position and makes the first out of the game.

Tyler Davis strokes a double to the gap and would later score the first run of the game.

The three Blacksburg coaches survey the field.

OF Jake McCoy.

Hal Hughes entered the game in the second inning and pitched two solid innings in relief, striking out two.

Morgan McCoy fields a ball from Thomas Hughes to force a runner at third and stop a Halifax rally.

Hal Hughes is excited about his pitching!

OF/IF Will Murray was productive again, getting on base and scoring a run.

Andrew Guy continues his hot hitting streak with a key single during a Blacksburg rally.

Sequence one: 3B Morgan McCoy fields a ball and flips to SS Thomas Hughes who covers third.

Sequence two: Thomas Hughes by a step! The Halifax coach uses body english as he watches the play.

Adam Linkous focuses on the plate upon entering in the fourth inning.

Sequence one: Manager Mike Goforth and team members are fired up over Adam's solid pitching.

Sequence two: That's what I'm talking about!

Sequence three: More support from Coach McCoy and Thomas Hughes. Great "team" effort!

John Hinson and Andrew Guy warm up between innings.

Blacksburg loads the bases in the 5th and would add to their lead.

Varsity baseball coach Scott Siburt surveys the potential 2012-2015 varsity baseball prospects.

One out away!

Blacksburg players exit the field to supportive family members and friends.

The Salem grounds crew has done an excellent job preparing the field for tournament play!

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