Adams went 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run, a double, two RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Trailblazers to a 16-5 romp over Gate City, Va., in five innings at the FCA baseball tournament at Tennessee High School.
His teammate Ben Allen also went 3-for-4 with three runs scored as the Trailblazers finished with 18 hits, five for extra bases. For Adams, who ended with seven total bases, it was a matter of being patient at the plate.
“We had been struggling a little. It felt good to have some good at-bats and make good contact today,” Adams said. “We had struggled with discipline lately and we wanted to focus on getting the right pitch to hit. That’s what we did.”
That message had been preached to the Trailblazers all week by coach Rob Hoover. They listened and consistently got ahead on the counts. After plating one run in the first inning, they opened up a scoring spree with four, four, three and four runs over the next four innings.
Lead-off batter Brody Goodman had two RBIs and scored three runs, while Chase Chandler knocked in three runs.
KC Vicchio and Colby Backus had two-hit efforts, which included a double for each.
“When we get those offensive counts, the 2-1, the 3-1, we’ve got to make the pitcher come across with the fastball in those situations and take advantage of that,” Hoover said. “The last 4-5 games, we’ve not done that and put a lot of hard balls in play.
“Tonight was a huge difference. We have to be aggressive when it’s time to be aggressive and when it’s two strikes, we’ve got to know the situation too.”
Starting pitcher Preston Miller threw 10 strikeouts over four innings in just his third varsity outing. Robbie Storen closed the game by sitting down three straight Blue Devils in the fifth inning.
Isaac Vincent was the offensive leader for Gate City, going 2-for-2 with two runs scored, while Jon Compton finished 2-for-3 with a double. Tyler Hamm added a two-run single.
Down 9-0, the Devils showed some determination by scoring two runs in the third and three in the fourth.
“We weren’t ready to play. The first two innings we were sleepwalking,” Gate City coach Jonathon Salyer said. “Their pitcher was throwing strikes and we were just swinging through. We weren’t ready to make plays in the field.
“In high school baseball, you have to make people make plays and that’s what they did to us tonight. We didn’t and we struck out 10 times in 15 at-bats.”