Just three days removed from a very unusual 7 inch April snow storm unexpectedly hit the area, the undefeated Christiansburg Demon Middle School team came to Blacksburg with perfect record and left with a blemish, as the two teams split the double header @ BHS. Blacksburg won the first game 8-6 to snap the Blue Demon winning streak, while Christiansburg won the second game 10-3.
In game one, Christiansburg got off to a quick start, scoring three runs in the top of the first to pull ahead 3-0. Three consecutive singles put runners on, but Blacksburg starting pitcher Brad Shelton buckled down and got a strike out and forced two other outs.
Not to be outdone, Blacksburg Middle responded by batting through the entire order, scoring six runs of their own to take the lead 6-3. Seb Cianelli led off with a single, followed by Justin Snyder drawing a walk. Hunter Radford hit a single to load the bases. Then Ryan Anderson hit a hard 2 RBI single to CF to score two runs (Cianelli and Snyder). CJ Linares kept things going by hitting a RBI FC, scoring Radford. Brad Shelton hit a fly ball out, but got an RBI on the play, scoring Anderson, who had advanced on Christiansburg throws. Blake Davis reached on an error and then Will Justus drew a walk. Jared Madigan then sacrificed both Davis and Justis over a base. Chris Wysocki responded by hitting a RBI single, scoring Davis, but a Bruin runner was caught going home to end the inning.
Christiansburg picked up a run in the top of the 2nd to close the gap to 6-4. A lead off single produced a run when he came around to score after a Bruin error and another single.
Blacksburg got the run back in the bottom of the 2nd to extend their lead 7-4. Seb Cianelli led off with a single and after an out; Hunter Radford had his second single of the day to advance Cianelli to 3B. Ryan Anderson delivered another clutch RBI single, scoring Cianelli. Linares drew a walk, but two consecutive outs ended the inning, and stranded Anderson and Linares.
Seb Cianelli was inserted to pitch in the top of the 3rd inning. A lead off single followed by an out and a walk; put runners at 1B and 2B. Cianelli got the next batter to fly out for the 2nd out of the inning, but then a Bruin error pushed the unearned run across the plate, to pull within two runs at 7-5. Cianelli retired the next batter via a ground out.
Blacksburg only sent four batters to the plate in the bottom of the 3rd, with Jared Madigan getting a base hit.
In the top of the 4th, Cianelli only faced four batters, walking one while forcing back-to-back groundouts, and a fly out to 2B.
In the top of the 4th, Blacksburg’s Justin Snyder led off with a single. Hunter Radford then sacrificed him to 2B. A ground out recorded the 2nd out of the inning, and but CJ Linares came through with his 2nd RBI single of the day, scoring Snyder. The next Bruin batter struck out to end the inning. After four complete innings, Blacksburg led 8-5.
In the top of the 5th with their perfect season on the line, Christiansburg rallied but came up short. A lead off walk advanced to 2B on a single by the next Blue Demon batter. Another walk loaded the bases for Christiansburg. However, Jared Madigan was inserted to pitch and worked out of the jam by recording a fly out, a FC, and then a second fly out. While the inherited runner scored on the FC, it was not enough as Blacksburg ended Christiansburg’s undefeated streak by winning 8-6.
Brad Shelton got the win for Blacksburg, while Jared Madigan recorded the save. Meadows was the losing pitcher for Christiansburg.
Offensively, Blacksburg scored 8 runs on 10 hits. The Bruins were led by Hunter Radford, who was 2/2 and he scored a run. Ryan Anderson was 2/3 with 3 RBI and 1 run scored, while Seb Cianelli was also 2/3 and scoring 2 runs. CJ Linares was 1/2 with 2 RBIs.
In the second game of the DH, Christiansburg rebounded and beat the Bruins 10-3. The Blue Demons jumped out to a 2-0 lead and then Blacksburg responded with two runs of their own to tie the score 2-2. After a lead off out, Justin Snyder hit a single and Hunter Radford drew a walk. Ryan Anderson reached on a Christiansburg error to load the bases, and then CJ Linares drew a RBI walk to score Snyder and re-load the bases. After an out, Blake Davis drew an RBI walk, to score Radford. A Bruin player was caught stealing home, recording the 3rd out and leaving bases loaded.
The Bruins struggled pitching in the top of the 2nd, as the Blue Demons scored two runs off just one hit. The Bruins walked the first two batters, and then a FC advanced the runner to 3B while the Bruins got the force out at 2B. An RBI single scored a run and then a Christiansburg batter was HBP to load the bases. The Blue Demons drew a RBI walk to score their 2nd run of the inning and then a strike out and a ground out ended the inning.
The Bruins sent only four batters to the plate in the bottom half of the inning as Christian Vance drew a walk, but was stranded.
The Bruin pitching staff buckled down in the top of the 3rd, retiring the Christiansburg batters in consecutive order. However, the Bruins could not capitalize on the momentum change. Justin Snyder led off by being HBP, but a strike out and two FCs ended the inning.
In the top of the 4th, Christiansburg got their bats going, scoring five runs to take a commanding 9-2 lead. After a lead off strike out, the Blue Demons reached base on a bunt, and then a single, double, two consecutive walks, another single, a walk and a RBI FC produced all five runs. Interestingly, the same Blue Demon who started the inning by striking out, also ended the inning with a strike out.
Blacksburg picked up a run in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 9-3. Brad Shelton led off by drawing a walk, and the Blake Davis was HBP. Will Justis hit a single to LF to load the bases, and then Jared Madigan had a RBI FC, scoring Shelton. The next two Bruin batters were retired in order to end the inning.
Christiansburg led off the top of the 5th with a srike out, but then a single and double produced a run to extend their lead to 10-3. The next two Blue Demons were retired in order.
Blacksburg tried to rally in the bottom of the 5th when Justin Snyder and Hunter Radford both hit consecutive singles. However, the next three Bruins were retired in order to end the game, and preserve the win for Christiansburg.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Justin Snyder, who was 2/2 with a run scored. Hunter Radford and Will Justis were both 1/2. Blacksburg produced 3 runs off 5 hits.
Christiansburg scored 10 runs off 9 hits.
By splitting the DH, Blacksburg’s record is now 4-5 on the season. The Bruins face Pulaski in a DH on Saturday, April 13th and Tazewell on Sunday April 14th.
Tag(s): Blacksburg Middle School