In the Semi-Final game vs. Christiansburg, both teams battled back and forth, with the Blue Demons coming out on top in the end.
Christiansburg jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st after Blacksburg walked the bases loaded with two outs. A Two RBI single scored the two runs to put the Blue Demons on top 2-0.
The Bruins didn’t get much going in the bottom of the inning, sending just four batters the plate. Ryan Anderson did reach 1B, after getting HBP.
In the top of the 2nd inning, Blacksburg starting pitcher Jared Madigan settled in and retired the side in order, striking out two batters.
Blacksburg remained scoreless in the 2nd. Jared Madigan drew a lead off walk, but then a strikeout, FC and fly out, ended the inning.
Madigan continued his strong pitching in the top of the 3rd, retiring the side in consecutive order.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Blacksburg rallied to score two runs and tie up the game 2-2. Will Justus led off by drawing a walk. Davis Roberson sacrificed bunted Justus to 2B. CJ Linares then drew a walk and Justus advanced to 3B on a passed ball. Linares took 2B as well. Justin Snyder hit a RBI ground out to score Justus from 3B and Linares advanced to 3B. Ryan Anderson then delivered a big, two out line drive RBI single, scoring Linares. The next Bruin grounded out to end the scoring threat, but not before Blacksburg was able to tie up the game 2-2 after three complete innings.
Christiansburg promptly responded, scoring two runs in the top of the 4th to retake the lead 4-2. A lead off single got things going for the Blue Demons. Madigan struck out the next batter to record the first out of the inning. Another single put two runners on, and then a single scored both runners. A FC forced the runner out at 2B and then a fly out ended the inning for Christiansburg.
Not to be outdone, Blacksburg battled right back with two runs to re-tie the game 4-4. Jared Madigan drew a lead off walk, followed by a pop up out by the next Bruin in the batting order. Madigan advanced to 2B on a passed ball, and Brad Shelton also drew a walk to put two runners on base. Christian Vance was inserted to run for Shelton. Chris Wysocki delivered a RBI single, scoring Madigan. Vance advanced to 2B. After a strike out, Davis Roberson drew a walk to load the bases. CJ Linares drew a RBI walk to score the tying run and re-load the bases. Unfortunately, the next batter hit a ground out to end the scoring threat and strand all three runners on base.
In the top of the 5th, Christiansburg re-took to the lead, scoring a run to pull ahead 5-4. After a lead off out, a Blue Demon hit a single to get on base. After another fly out for the 2nd out of the inning, two consecutive walks loaded the bases for Christiansburg. A run scored on a passed ball. The next hitter was retired on a ground out to 1B.
Blacksburg tried to rally in the bottom of the 5th, but came up short. After a lead off out, Hunter Radford hit a single to get the tying run on base. However, a fly out and ground out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Brad Shelton was inserted to pitch the 6th inning. A lead off double put the runner at 2B. A sac bunt moved the runner to 3B. The next batter reached 1B on a FC as Blacksburg made an infield error attempting to get the runner out at home. The next batter hit a line drive to 2B Chris Wysocki who very nicely doubled up the runner on base to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 6th, Brad Shelton led off and was HBP. Christian Vance was inserted as a courtesy runner. After an out, Will Justus reached 1B on a FC as Vance was forced out at 2B. The inning and game ended with the next Bruin flying out to CF.
A well-played game by both teams as Blacksburg came up just short, losing 6-4.
Jared Madigan pitched well, scattering 5 hits over 5 innings. Of the 5 runs scored, 4 were earned. He struck out three batters, but walked 5.
Offensively, Blacksburg only had 3 hits, one each by Ryan Anderson, Hunter Radford, and Chris Wysocki. CJ Linares, Justin Snyder, and Ryan Anderson each had an RBI.
With the split on the day, the Bruins record now stands at 12-7.
Tag(s): Blacksburg Middle School