The Blacksburg JV Bruins hosted Lord Botetourt on Friday in Blacksburg, and lost 10-3. Head Coach Thomas Reed said “Overall, we gave up too many freebies at the plate. We have to throw strikes and let our defense play behind us. Roberson had a great day at the plate, as well as Madigan and Olszewski. We just have to shake this off and get ready to play Northside.”
Lord Botetourt jumped out in front in the top of the 1st to a 3-0 lead with a lead off single, and then a couple of walks and had a player HBP. The Cavaliers had two RBI walks and an RBI FC.
With two outs in the bottom of the 1st, Andrew Roberson and Jack Madigan both singled. However, a ground ball ended the scoring threat and stranded both runners.
Jack Madigan settled in during the 2nd inning, facing five batters, striking out one, allowing two hits, and forced a fly ball and a ground out.
Blacksburg could not get the bats going in the 2nd, as only four batters went to the plate, but Pete Quinn reached on an error.
Botetourt had a lead off double in the top of the 3rd, followed by a Jack Madigan strike out. The next batter reached via an error. The runner on 2B stole 3B. A RBI single scored a run for the Cavaliers, but after a fly out, Madigan was able to catch the runner off base, and get him in a run down.
In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Blacksburg would score a run to close the gap to 4-1. After two outs, Andrew Roberson hit a single, followed by a Madigan single, and some throwing mistakes, scoring Roberson. However, the next Bruin was retired via a ground out to end the inning.
Madigan found his groove in the 4th, facing just four batters, and giving up a lead off walk. However, he promptly retired the next three batters with fly outs.
In the bottom of the 4th, Blacksburg went three up and three down.
Botetourt had a lead off single in the 5th, but Madigan, retired the next three batters. A run scored on Bruin throwing errors.
Blacksburg would battle in the top of the 6th, picking up a run to close the gap to 5-2. Olszewski reached on an error, but scored by moving around the bases on ground balls, and a Botetourt error.
Blacksburg made two pitching changes in the 6th; one to start the inning, and then another change after just one out. Botetourt plated four runs on two walks, a single, and then three free passes. At the end of 6 1/2 innings, Lord Botetourt led 9-2.
The Bruins couldn’t get much going in the bottom half of the inning. After a lead off ground out, Jacob Sparrow hit a single, but a strike out and fly out ended the inning.
In the top of the 7th, Lord Botetourt led off with a double and come around to score after a walk, fly out, and two more walks. Pete Quinn struck out a batter, and picked off another to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 7th, Blacksburg scored a run after Micheael Olszewski singled with one out and he advanced on an over throw and a ground out. Hal Hughes reached on an error, and advanced to second on an over throw. He stole 3B to advance to third. However, he was stranded, after two consecutive ground outs.
Starting pitcher Jack Madigan, who got stronger as the game progressed, scattered 5 hits over 5 innings, striking out two, walking four, and surrendered 3 earned runs. The other two Blacksburg pitchers combined for two innings, giving up four hits, striking out one, but walking eight. All five runs were earned.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Andrew Roberson and Jack Madigan, who were both 2 / 4.
With the loss, Blacksburg JV falls to 2-1 on the season and faces Northside on Saturday with a make-up game in Roanoke.
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