The Big Blues baseball team improved their record to 15-17 with a two game sweep over the Apprentice School on Friday, April 20th, at Pikeview High School in Princeton, West Virginia. BSC won game one by a score of 6-3 before completing the sweep in game two by a score of 10-5.
Apprentice jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Hendrickson singled to score Brumfield. BSC responded in the home half of the inning by scoring two runs of their own. Peyton Durham had a big RBI double to score Drew D'Angelo and later scored the second run off the inning off of an error made by the Builders' shortstop. Apprentice would score two more runs to retake the lead in the top of the fourth inning but the Blues would score one in the fifth and three in the sixth inning to complete the 6-3 win over the Builders. In the fifth inning, Tanner Ray doubled to score Cole Blocker. In the sixth, Durham homered to score D'Angelo and himself before Blocker would hit a sacrifice fly to score Tanner Brandon.
For the Builders in game one, Maxwell Burcham went 3-4 and Mike Brumfield went 2-4. For the Blues, Durham carried the big stick going 2-4 with 3 RBI's. D'Angelo, Brandon, and Logan Wriston all finished the game with 2 hits apiece. On the mound, Tanner Muovich went the distance, throwing seven complete innings, only allowing 7 hits and 3 runs, none of which were earned, and had 4 strikeouts.
In game two, Apprentice would again jump out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning but then would be held scoreless until the top of the seventh inning. Bluefield State put up multiple runs in the first, third and fourth innings to ultimately win the game by a score of 10-5. In the bottom of the first, Tanner Brandon hit a two-run homerun to score Drew D'Angelo and himself before Taylor Tibbs would single, scoring Cole Blocker. In the third inning, William O'Hara would pick up a RBI on a sacrifice fly before Logan Wriston doubled to pick up 2 RBI's, followed by a D'Angelo RBI single. In the fourth inning, Blocker homered, picking up 2 RBI's.
Dalton Dye led the way for the Builders, going 3-4 with 2 RBIs, while James Williams and Mike Brumfield each went 2-3. For BSC, D'Angelo, Brandon, Blocker, and Tanner Ray each went 2-4 at the plate. Brandon, Blocker, and Wriston would each pick up 2 RBI's in the win. On the mound, Austin Stambaugh got the win, pitching six and one-third innings. Stambaugh gave up 4 runs on 8 hits, struck out 4 and only allowed two walks.