The Blacksburg JV Bruins traveled to Radford on Wednesday and collected their second consecutive win, beating the Bobcats 10-9.
Blacksburg wasted little time getting their offense started, scoring two runs in the top of the 1st inning. Hal Hughes led off with a single, and stole 2B. Jake Sparrow was HBP and Hughes and Sparrow pulled off a double steal, each advancing to 3B and 2B respectively. After a strikeout, Jack Madigan hit a RBI single and then Sparrow scored on a Sam Noble RBI FC. A ground ball out ended the inning, but not before the Bruins would gain a 2-0 lead.
Blacksburg’s starting pitcher Jack Madigan retired the lead off batter, and after a walk and two singles, he struck out the next batter and worked out of jam by forcing a ground ball to keep the Bobcats scoreless.
In the top of the 2nd, Dylan Surface led off with a double and Hunter Wall hit a single. After a strike out, Hal Hughes hit a fly ball RBI, scoring Surface. Jake Sparrow then hit a RBI single, scoring Wall. He proceeded to steal both 2nd and 3rd base. However he was stranded when the next Bruin flied out. In picking up two runs, the Bruins led 4-0.
In the bottom of the 2nd, Madigan retired the first two batters, by strike out and ground out. After drawing a walk, the next batter was hit by a pitch and then a single loaded the bases. A Blacksburg error allowed Radford to score two runs, and then a single brought home two more Bobcat runs. Madigan retired the next batter via a fly ball. After two complete innings, Blacksburg and Radford were tied 4-4.
Jack Madigan led off the 3rd with a single and stole 2B. Sam Noble followed with a single and both runners stole 3rd and 2nd base respectively. Aaron Lucas hit a two RBI ground ball to score Madigan and Noble. Two consecutive fly balls ended the inning for the Bruins, but not before extending their lead to 6-4.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Madigan struck out the lead off hitter, and then a single put a runner on 1B. A Bruin fielding error allowed a Bobcat to reach safely. Both runners stole 2nd and 3rd Base. Madigan stuck out the next batter for the 2nd out. A single scored a run for Radford, and then another fielding error allowed a run to score and runner to reach base safely. A single and another fielding error put two more runners on, and then after a single scored another run, Blacksburg made a pitching change, and inserted Michael Olsewski. After a single, Olsewski got the next runner to ground out to end the inning. In picking up four runs, Radford took the lead 8-6.
Blacksburg produced a run in the 4th when Michael Olsewski led off with a single, stole 2B, and then scored later in the inning after two flyouts and a Radford error. With the run, the Bruins closed the gap to 8-7.
In the bottom half of the 4th, two consecutive Radford singles got runners aboard, but then a fly out and a tag out at 3B produced two quick outs. A strike out by Olsewski ended the inning.
The Bruins got things going in the 5th, taking the lead 9-8. Madigan led off the inning with a single, followed by a Sam Noble single. Lucas hit a 2 RBI single, scoring both Madigan and Noble. The scoring threat ended with two strike outs and a ground out.
In the bottom of the 5th, Olsewski settled in and retired the side in order, with a strike out and two fly balls. Blacksburg couldn’t produce anything in the top of the 6th, with a strike out, a ground ball and a fly ball.
Radford led off the bottom of the 6th with a single, but Olsewski found his groove retired the next three batters in consecutive order.
In the top of the 7th, Blacksburg got an insurance run and expanded their lead to 10-8. Madigan led off with a triple. A ground ball hit to the pitcher by the next hitter forced Madigan to stay at 3B, but Aaron Lucas hit a RBI double, scoring him with the next at bat. Dylan Surface was hit by a pitch and was awarded 1B, but a FC produced the second out and then a ground out ended the inning.
Blacksburg held Radford off in the bottom of the 7th, permitting one run via a lead off error, but Olsewski and the defense retired three of the next four batters to get the win.
Michael Olsewski got the win for Blacksburg on the mound, pitching 4 1/3 innings, scattering 5 hits, striking out 3, walking no batters and did not give up any earned runs.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Jack Madigan, who was 4/4, with a triple, 2 stolen bases, and scored three runs. Aaron Lucas was 2/4 with 5 RBI. Sam Noble was also 2/4, with 2 stolen bases and 1 RBI. Overall, the Bruins pounded out 13 hits.
Head Coach Thomas Reed said, "Overall, it was a good game. Radford gave us a fight but we were able to come out on top in the end. I am very pleased with the way we hit the ball and were able to move runners. Madigan had an amazing day at the plate and Olszewski came in and shut the door on Radford. We just have to eliminate the long innings and not give up the easy plays."
With the win, Blacksburg JV improves to 4-2 on the season and hosts Northside JV on Saturday @ Noon @ BHS. The BHS Varsisty game will commence immediately following the conclusion of the JV game.
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