On Sunday April 14th, Tazewell visited BHS or a double header with Blacksburg Middle School. Tazewell is a traditional quality overall baseball program, as their varsity team is a regular post-season VHSL participant. The visiting Bulldogs did not disappoint as they battled the Bruins in two highly contested games.
The first game of the DH would prove to be a very competitive pitchers duel, with Blacksburg winning 2-1.
Blacksburg Starting Pitcher Jared Madigan dominated Tazewell for the first two innings retiring the side in order in the top of the 1st and allowing just one single in the top of the 2nd.
Blacksburg couldn’t get much going offensively either, but did get a few runners on base. Ryan Anderson drew a walk in the 1st inning and CJ Linares hit a single in the 2nd. Both runners were stranded, however.
Tazewell struck first, scoring a run in the top of the 3rd to pull ahead 1-0. A lead off walk put a first runner on base, and then a second walk put runners on 1B and 2B. The next hitter hit safely to RF, but an alert Ryan Anderson threw out the runner at 2B, covered by Sebi Cianelli, resulting in a FC. Another hit to RF Anderson, resulted in a second FC, this time to 1B. The runner on 3B scored, however. After a walk, P Jared Madigan got the next batter to ground out to end the inning.
The Bruins battled right back, striking for two runs in the bottom of the 3rd. Chris Wysocki led of by drawing a walk, and then advanced to 2B on a passed ball. After an out, Sebi Cianelli hit a single, advancing Wysocki to 3B. Wysocki scored on a wild pitch, tying the game 1-1. Ryan Anderson hit a RBI single, scoring Cianelli, and what would prove to be the game-winning run. A Bruin ground out ended the inning.
Madigan hit his stride in the in the top of the 4th, facing just four batters. A lead off batter reached on an error, but Madigan forced two groundouts and struck out a batter to end the inning.
Blacksburg didn’t get much going offensively in the bottom half of the frame, also sending just four batters to the plate. Jared Madigan did reach on an error.
In the top of the 5th, Madigan shut the door on Tazewell, retiring the side in consecutive order, three up and three down. He struck out the lead off batter, and then got both the one hole and two hole batters to ground out to preserve the win for Blacksburg.
With the win, Blacksburg improved to 10-6 on the season. Madigan held Tazewell to just one hit and one earned run. He struck out three batters and walked three.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Ryan Anderson, who was 1/1 with 1 RBI. His two key defensive plays in RF resulted in two huge outs on safely hit balls. Sebi Cianelli and CJ Linares also had hits for Blacksburg.
Game two of the DH produced much more offense for both teams as Blacksburg came out on top 8-6 and thus, sweeping Tazewell in the DH.
Tazewell jumped out on top in the first inning 2-0. The lead off batter of the game reached on an error, advanced to 2B on an overthrow. Starting pitcher CJ Linares forced a ground out and struck out the #3 hole batter. The ground out, advanced the lead off batter to 3B, and later scored on a passed ball to score Tazewell’s first run of the game. The next batter was walked and stole second, and advanced to 3B when the runner from 3B scored. He also would score on a passed ball. Two more walks put runners on, but did no damage as Linares got the next batter to ground out to end the inning.
Blacksburg Middle promptly responded, scoring two runs of their own to tie the game 2-2. Seb Cianelli drew a lead off walk, advanced to 2B and then 3B on passed balls. Justin Snyder hit a RBI single, scoring Cianelli. After an out, Snyder advanced to 2B on a passed ball and then took 3B on a single by CJ Linares. With a 1st and 3rd situation, Linares stole 2B. Jared Madigan then hit line drive single, scoring Snyder and advancing Linares to 3B. Madigan would steal 2B, and Chris Wysocki drew a walk, but a strike out ended the inning, stranding Snyder and Wysocki.
In the top of the 2nd, Linares got the lead off batter to ground out for the first out of the inning. The second batter was HBP and then Linares got the next batter out on a short ground out. A walk advanced the runner on 1B to 2B. Then, a RBI single scored the runner from 2B. Linares then got the next hitter to pop up to the infield to end the inning.
Blacksburg responded yet again, scoring a run to re-tie the game 3-3. Will Justus reached via an error and then stole 2B. He was sacrificed to 3B, and scored on a Tazewell error at 3B. Sebi Cianelli drew a walk and then advanced to 2B on a passed ball. Cianelli would steal 3B, but was stranded after a Bruin strike out and a ground out. After two complete innings, the game was tied 3-3.
Seb Cianelli was inserted to pitch, and only faced four batters. A lead off single produced a runner, and after a walk, runners were on 1B and 2B. But, Cianelli forced a ground out and then a line drive to 2B CJ Linares, who doubled up the runner to end the inning.
Amazingly, Blacksburg would score 4 unearned runs in the bottom of the third without a having a hit. With one out, Jared Madigan drew a walk and then stole 2B. Hunter Radford also drew a walk to put runners on 1B and 2B. Davis Roberson reached on an error overthrow, scoring Madigan from 2B. Radford advanced to 3B. Blake Davis was HBP and Roberson advanced to 2B. Brad Shelton reached via an error, scoring Radford and advancing Davis to 3B. Christian Vance reached on an error, scoring Roberson and advancing the other runners one base. Sebi Cianelli reached on a RBI FC, scoring Davis. The next Bruin grounded out to end the inning, but not before Blacksburg plated four runs to take the lead 7-3.
In the bottom of the 4th, Tazewell drew a lead off walk. A batter was HBP and a single loaded the bases. A double cleaned off the bases, producing 3 RBI. Cianelli buckled down and forced a pop up, and struck out the next two batters to end the inning and most importantly, keep the lead 7-6.
In the bottom of the 4th, Ryan Anderson led off with a double. An out advanced Anderson to 3B. Jared Madigan reached 1B on a FC as the Bruin runner was tagged out at home. Madigan stole 2B and then Hunter Radford hit a hard single to score Madigan. Radford would advance to 2B on a passed ball, but a line drive out ended the inning for Blacksburg. After four complete innings, Blacksburg led 8-6.
Cianelli was strong in the top of the 5th, facing only four batters. Despite the lead off runner reaching via an error, Cianelli struck out the next two batters, and then got the third batter to ground out to end the game and sweep Tazewell.
Sebi Cianelli got the win for Blacksburg, pitching 3 innings in relief. He only gave up 2 hits, struck out 4, and walked 1 batter. He was credited with 3 earned runs. Starting pitcher CJ Linares pitched two innings, giving up just 1 earned run off 2 hits. He struck out 1 batter, but walked 5.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Jared Madigan, who was 1/2 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. Justin Snyder, Ryan Anderson, CJ Linares, and Hunter Radford each had a hit, with Anderson ripping a double.
With the win, Blacksburg Middle improves their regular season record to 11-5 on the season. Up next for Blacksburg is the “Pulaski Jamboree” at Randolph Park the weekend of April 20th.
Tag(s): Blacksburg Middle School