In game one, starting pitcher, Brad Shelton, made quick work on the visiting Cougars in the top of the first inning with two strike outs and a fly ball. The Bruins threatened quickly in the bottom of the first after a leadoff walk by Sebi Cianelli, a fielder’s choice, a single by Ryan Anderson, and a walk by Hunter Radford to load the bases with only one out. A strike out and ground out, however, left the three runners stranded.
In the second inning, an error led to an early baserunner for the Cougars, but a 6-4-3 double play by Cianelli, Jared Madigan, and Blake Davis erased the early mistake. After two consecutive singles, Nathaniel Remington scores an unearned run for the Cougars on a throwing error. Catcher, Hunter Radford then picked a baserunner off of third to end the inning.
The Bruins went 3-up and 3-down in the bottom of the second. After two complete innings, Pulaski led 1-0.
In the third inning, the Cougar starting pitcher, Trent Blankenship, reached first base on an error and later advanced to second after a walk. However, with consecutive fly outs to LF, CJ Linares, ended the threat.
A Blacksburg rally put two runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning. Davis Roberson led off with a walk, and Chris Wysocki was inserted as a pinch runner. A single by Cianelli, and bunt for hit by CF, Justin Snyder, loaded the bases. Ryan Anderson then scored Wysocki from third with a sacrifice fly, and Hunter Radford drove home Snyder with an RBI single. After three complete innings the Bruins led 2-1.
In the fourth inning, Shelton continued his strong outing. After a leadoff single, he retired three out of the next four batters to deny the Cougar any type of scoring threat.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Cougars made a pitching change, and the Bruins took advantage of the move. The first six batters reached base, starting with a leadoff single by Brad Shelton. Christian Vance entered the game to run for Shelton. A single by Blake Davis, a walk by Will Justus, a single by Jared Madigan, an RBI walk by Davis Roberson, and a 2-RBI single by Cianelli, led to three more Bruin runs. Ryan Anderson reached base on an error and pushed another run across before the Bruins were retired. After four complete innings, the Bruins led 6-1.
In the fifth inning, the Cougars had two runners reach base, but Shelton was able in induce a game-ending fly ball to close out his complete game.
Offensively, the Bruins were led by Sebi Cianelli, who had 2 hits and 2 rbi. Shelton pitched the entire game for Blacksburg, allowing 0 earned runs, 1 walk, and striking out 4.
In game two, Justin Snyder started on the mound for Blacksburg. Similar to Shelton in game one, Snyder struck out the first two batters of the game. A ground out by the third Cougar batter ended the top of the first quickly.
In the bottom of the first, however, the Bruins were unable to produce any offense, and the first inning ended with the score 0-0.
In the second inning, the Cougars had runners advance to 2nd and 3rd, but a strikeout by Snyder ended the rally.
In the bottom of the second, Chris Wysocki singled, but was left stranded. After two innings, the score was still a pitchers duel at 0-0.
Two Cougar batters reached base in the top of the third, but an Infield Fly Rule out, and a first-to-third put out by Davis Roberson and Will Justus ended the inning.
The Bruin bats broke the game open in the bottom of the third, sending 13 batters to the plate and scoring 9 runs. Contributing to the rally were singles by Cianelli (2), Ryan Anderson, Hunter Radford, Jared Madigan, Chris Wysocki, Davis Roberson, and CJ Linares, and walks by Linares and Christian Vance.
Pulaski County went 3-up and 3-down in the top of the fourth off of a total of six pitches.
After Blacksburg failed to score in the bottom of the fourth, the game went to the fifth and final inning with the Bruins up 9-1.
Snyder continued his strong performance in the fifth. After being inserted in the game at SS, Brad Shelton made all three outs of the inning on ground balls, and the game ended.
With the win, the Blacksburg Middle School Bruins improve to 9-6 on the season.
Five Bruins had two hits on the game including Ryan Anderson, Hunter Radford, Chris Wysocki, Davis Roberson, and Sebi Cianelli. Nine Bruins each scored one run to contribute to the win.
Snyder got the win for Blacksburg and finished the game giving up no earned runs and only one hit, while striking out six and walking only 3 over five complete innings.
The two pitching performances by Shelton and Snyder were clutch as the Bruin pitching staff needed a break from two games at Princeton two nights earlier, and with a double-header on deck against Tazwell tomorrow.
Tag(s): Blacksburg Middle School