As the Gobbler Country writer who is not a baseball fan, I feel obligated to write a column about a Virginia Tech sport I never thought I would write about; Baseball. Virginia Tech's baseball team lost in disappointing fashion to North Carolina in the ACC title game in Durham, North Carolina Sunday by the score of 4-1.
I followed the updates via Twitter, and like most fans, I could not help but get sucked into the excitement of seeing reports that Virginia Tech were having their way in Pool B of the ACC Baseball Tournament, first dominating Virginia, then with a walk-off home run over Florida State, and surviving against Georgia Tech. Ultimately, winning it all was not to be, as the Hokies lost to powerhouse North Carolina.
Throughout the tournament, Tech's head baseball coach, Pete Hughes, was lobbying hard for Blacksburg to be the spot to host a regional for the NCAA Tournament, and it paid off.
The NCAA Selection Committee gave Blacksburg the nod, and suddenly, Virginia Tech has a chance at history. They have the players and the coaches to guide them through the regional. If the Hokies were to survive the regional, they would face the winner of the LSU's regional, and then from there, who knows?
All that matters right now is that Blacksburg, for a short time, will be the springboard for championship. Perhaps, it is fitting, that Virginia Tech gets to host regional, on their own turf, and they must defend it well. Fans of the Chicago Maroon and Burnt Orange will be there to cheer on the "Hammering Hokies" at the English Field.
The pitching must be sharp, the defense must stays on their toes and the bats need to stay sizzling hot. Clutch performances need to continue. Above all, the fans need to fuel the Hokies to by victories to utilize the home field advantage.
Who knows, maybe the Hokies will stun the world by winning it all...and it all would have started in a tiny town nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains.