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Builders Blank Trojans 9-0

Builders Blank Trojans 9-0

FINAL SCORE: Apprentice School 9, Virginia State 0

RECORDS: Apprentice School 21-10, Virginia State 19-15

LOCATION: War Memorial Stadium/Hampton, VA

IN BRIEF: Three Apprentice School pitchers combined for a seven-hit shutout as the Builders defeated NCAA Division II Virginia State University 9-0 on Friday afternoon.



  • Each team had a pair of hits in the first inning and left both runners on base.  In the second both teams went 3 up and 3 down.
  • The Builders broke the scoreless run in the bottom of the third inning as with two outs, Brock Harris drew a four-pitch walk and stole second before Chris Aldridge reached on a two-base error to plate Harris for a 1-0 lead.
  • In the fifth, the Builders put three runs on the board.  Chris Perry started off reaching on an error and went to third as Trevin Wilson doubled to left center.  After a walk to Harris, Aldridge singled to left center to score Perry.  Brian Belvin drove in Wilson with a sacrifice fly to right field.  Harris scored on a wild pitch later in the inning to give the hosts a 4-0 advantage.
  • The next inning the Builders scored one early as Mark Labrador tripled to right field and scored on a Lee Rossi sacrifice fly to lead 5-0.
  • Apprentice School broke the game open with four more runs in the eighth inning as Labrador opened with a double and scored on a Rossi single through the left side of the infield.  After advancing to second on a wild pitch, Rossi scored as Aldridge reached on an error.  Pinch-hitter Jordan Cowles then smacked a double to center field to score Jacob Countiss who had reached on a fielders choice to go up 8-0.  The final run was scored by Aldridge on a wild pitch.




  • Taylor Gomer earned his fifth victory of the year throwing seven innings and allowing four hits while striking out four. 
  • He retired 12 batters in a row from the second through the fifth innings before a double from Jamison Griffin snapped that run to start the sixth inning.
  • Colton Copeland pitched the eighth inning and gave up three hits, but worked out of a two-on, two-out situation by forcing a groundout to close that threat.
  • Sam Massie threw the ninth inning and got a pair of groundouts to end the ballgame.
  • Labrador was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Aldridge and Belvin had a pair of hits each.
  • Seven different Trojans had a hit each for Virginia State who fell to 19-15.


NEXT UP – Thomas Nelson CC

The Builders continue their every-other-day playing run as they'll host Thomas Nelson CC on Sunday afternoon at 1 pm at War Memorial Stadium.

The first USCAA Coaches Poll was released on Friday afternoon and the Builders sit fifth in the rankings.

The defending champions University of Cincinnati-Clermont lead the first poll with Lindenwood University-Belleville (IL) a close second.  Selma University (AL) is third with Penn State Greater Allegheny one point behind in fourth and the Builders in fifth.

1. University of Cincinnati-Clermont-176 points
2. Lindenwood Univ.-Belleville-173
3. Selma University-167
4. Penn State Greater Allegheny-166
5. Apprentice School-162
6. Victory University-156
7. Rochester College-150
8. St. Joseph's College-Brooklyn-149
9. Penn College-147
10. Briarcliffe College-143
11. WVU Tech-139
12. NHTI-138
13. University of Dallas-136
14. Penn St. Beaver-129
15. SUNY Canton-121
16. Ave Maria University-106
17. Penn St. Brandywine-90
18. Tennessee Temple-89
19. Robert Morris-Springfield-84
20. Southern Maine CC-57
Others: Clark State CC (54), Southern Va. (29), Maine-Presque Isle (27), Nashua CC(26)