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Blacksburg Middle Drops DH to Forest

05/05/2013, 8:25am EDT
By Admin

Hits scarce for the Bruins

Forest visited Blacksburg on Saturday May 27th for a DH at Blacksburg HS.  Forest had the hot bats for the day, beating Blacksburg 5-1 in the first game and 8-4 in the 2nd game.  The Bruins uncharacteristic errors also contributed to the loss in game 2.

In the first game, Forest jumped on Blacksburg quickly, scoring two runs in the top of the first.  The combination of two hits and two walks did the damage.

Blacksburg made a pitching change in the top of the second, going to CJ Linares, who kept Forest in check for the next two innings and not allowing any runs.

Blacksburg didn’t get any type of offense going until the bottom of the 3rd inning, when with two outs, Sebit Cianelli hit a double, Justin Snyder was walked, and then Ryan Anderson recorded a single to load the bases. A strike out ended the hope of scoring and left the bases loaded.

In the top of the 4th, Forest scored two more runs to extend their lead 4-0.  A lead off walk and then a player HBP, put two runners on.  A sacrifice advanced each player one base and then a second sacrifice scored a run.  A single then scored second run.  Blackburg endured another single and a walk before getting a ground out to end the inning.

The Bruins got on the board in the bottom of the 4th, scoring a run to narrow the game to 4-1.  With one out, Brad Shelton drew a walk (Christian Vance substituted), and then Blake Davis was HBP.  Jared Madigan drew a walk to load the bases for the Bruins a second time in the game.  Chris Wysocki hit a RBI FC to score a run, and and re-load the bases, but the next batter hit a line drive for an out to leave bases loaded once again. 

Forest scored an insurnance run in the top of the 5th and went on to win 5-1.   Cody Whitten was the winning pitcher, pitching 3 1/3 innings and only giving up one earned run. 

Blacksburg only had two hits in the game, the double by Cianelli and the single by Anderson.  Chris Wysocki had an RBI.  Christian Vance scored the lone run. 


In game two of the DH, both teams were held scoreless in the 1st inning as both starting pitchers came out of the gate strong, Jared Madigan for Blacksburg and Conner Tribett for Forest.

In the top of the 2nd, however, Forest picked up 6 runs.  Of the 6 runs, only two were earned.  Forest loaded the bases on a single, then an out, a HBP, and a bunt.  A successful bunt scored a run, followed by a walk scored another.  However, two consecutive infield errors with bases loaded permitted the other four runs to score. 

Blacksburg Middle battled back, however, scoring 4 runs of their own to pull within 6-4.  With one out, CJ Linares drew a walk, followed by Brad Shelton also getting a free pass.  Blake Davis hit a hard single, scoring Linares.  Christian Vance, who was inserted as the courtesy runner for Shetlon, advanced to 3B.  Davis then stole 2B on a first and third situation.  Jared Madigan reached 1B on a wild pitch, scoring Vance.  Davis advanced to 3B.  Madigan then stole 2B.  The next Bruin popped up for the 2nd out of the inning.  Will Justus reached bases on an error, scoring Davis and Madigan.  Justus then stole 2B and a ground out ended the inning.

Both pitchers pitched well in the 3rd, holding each team scoreless.  Madigan did give up a walk, but struck out the side.  Blacksburg was out in consecutive order.

In the top of the 4th, Forest picked up two more runs to increase their lead to 8-4.  A batter HBP, and two singles loaded the bases.  A fly out scored the first run, and a passed ball, scored the second run, both unearned. 

Blacksburg could not muster any more runs.  In the bottom of the 4th, CJ Linares drew a walk and Brad Shelton reached on a FC, but Shelton was stranded.  In the 5th, Will Justus hit a single, but was stranded. 

Jared Madigan pitched the first four innings for Blacksburg, giving up 4 earned runs off of just 4 hits.  He struck out 3 batters, but walked 5.  Sebi Cianelli pitched the 5th inning, walking one and striking out one, but did not give up any hits.

Offensively, Blacksburg only had two hits, one by Blake Davis and one by Will Justus.  Jared Madigan had an RBI.  CJ Linares, Blake Davis, Jared Madgian and Will Justus all scored a run. 

Blacksburg drops to 13-10 on the season.  They play Christiansburg in a crucial DH later this week. 

Tag(s): Blacksburg Middle School