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Blacksburg JV Sweeps Giles in Double Header

04/01/2014, 11:15pm EDT
By D. Gresh

Bruins win 12-2 and 10-0


The Blacksburg Bruin JV team traveled to Giles for a DH, which included a make up of a previously rained out game.  The Bruins scored early and then turned it on mid way through the game to end the contest early by slaughter rule.  

Blacksburg jumped on Giles in the top of the 1st to take a 2-0 lead.  Justin Snyder, Ceb Cianelli, and Jack Madigan all reached on errors to load the bases.  Snyder stole home for the first run of the game and then Andrew Roberson hit a RBI ground out to score Cianelli to put the Bruins up 2-0.  
Blacksburg starting pitcher Jack Madigan kept Giles scoreless, retiring the side in order.  
Neither team scored in the 2nd inning.  Madigan also kept Giles in check in the 3rd facing just 4 batters.  Blacksburg scored in the 3rd off a Michael Olszewski double.  He advanced to 3B on a ground out and then stole home to extend the Bruin lead to 3-0.
In the top of the 4th, Blacksburg busted the game open, scoring four more runs to extend their lead to 7-0.  Ryan Anderson started the inning with a single to center field and then Pete Quinn drew a walk.  Snyder drew a walk of his own and Cianelli reached on an error by the right fielder, which scored Anderson and advanced the two runners one base each to re-load the bases.  Quinn stole home to add a run for the Bruins and then a Bruin runner was caught stealing home.  Jack Madigan hit a two run home run to clear the bases.  Olszweski would single, but two ground outs ended the inning.  However, Blacksburg had made a powerful statement with the 7-0 lead.
Giles scored two runs in the bottom half of the frame to narrow the lead to 7-2.  With one out, the Bruin infield made an error and then two singles put two runners on; one scoring off the second single, and one stealing home.  
Blacksburg continued it's scoring ways in the top of the 5th, scoring five more runs to make the score 12-2.  With one out, Jayme Bibbens and Justin Snyder both walked.  Cianelli then drew a walk to load the bases.  After another out, the diligent Bruins refused to swing at bad pitches, and Blake Davis drew a RBI walk.  Snyder, CJ Linares, Matt Larkin, and Brad Shelton all drew RBI walks to score four more runs. 
Madigan shut down Giles in the bottom of the fifth, retiring the players in consecutive order.  Madigan got the win, going the distance for Blacksburg.  He pitched 5 innings, scattered 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2.  Of the two runs Giles scored, only one was earned.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Michael Olszewski, who was 2 for 2.  Jack Madigan had 2 RBIs and Justin Snyder reached base all three times.  
In the 2nd game of the DH, Blacksburg picked right up where it left off, beating Giles 10-0 in three innings.  In this game, however, the Bruin bats really came alive and led the way.  Brad Shelton took the mound for Blacksburg and retired the order 3 up and three down in the top of the 1st and put Blacksburg in a great early position.
Blacksburg wasted no time in jumping on Giles, scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st.  With one out, CJ Linares reached first on a dropped 3rd strike and then stole 2B to put himself in scoring position.  Andrew Roberson singled to left field, scoring the speedy Linares from 2B.  Jack Madigan then tripled to center field, scoring Roberson with the RBI.  Olszweski then singled to left field, easily scoring Madigan from 3B, and racking up another Bruin RBI.  A strike out ended the inning, but not before Blacksburg jumped out in front 3-0.
Shelton kept Giles off the board again in the 2nd inning.  With one out, two players reached via infield errors, and then Shelton came right back and got a strike out to turn the momentum back to Blacksburg.  A player was hit by a pitch, which loaded the bases and gave Giles some brief sign of life, but Shelton struck out the next batter to end the inning and the scoring threat.
Blacksburg scored two more runs in the 2nd to extend their lead to 5-0. With one out, Matt Larkin drew a walk.  Justin Snyder then hit an RBI double to right field, scoring Larkin.  Linares drew a walk and then Seb Cianelli doubled to right field, scoring Snyder.  A strike out and fly out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Shelton was dominant again in the 3rd, facing just four batters and striking out two of them.  The lead off batter did double, but was stranded.
Blacksburg put the game away in the bottom of the 3rd, scoring five more runs to end the game via slaughter rule 10-0.  Olszewski got the inning started with a single to center field and then Bill Quinn singled to advance Olszewski to 3B.  A Bruin runner was picked off a base, resulting in the first out of the inning.  Then, Hunter Radford drew a walk, followed by a Larkin walk, which loaded the bases.  Snyder was HBP, scoring Quinn and advancing the other runners one base each.  Linares singled to center field, recording two RBIs as Radford and Larkin both scored.  Cianelli drew a walk and then Andrew Roberson hit a walk off single to center field, scoring both Snyder and Linares.  
Brad Shelton pitched all three innings for Blacksburg and was nearly perfect, throwing a one hitter, striking out five batters, and walking no one. 
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Michael Olszewski and Andrew Roberson, who both went 2 for 2.  Roberson led Blacksburg with 3 RBIs, while Justin Snyder and CJ Linares both added 2 RBIs.  Snyder, Linares, and Matt Larkin all scored two runs each.  
With the DH sweep of Giles, the Blacksburg JV improves to 3-0 on the season.  Head coach Jonathan Hagee was very pleased after the DH.  He said "In the first game, Jack Madigan did well throwing a complete game and keeping us in the game early when we weren't hitting that well.  We did end up giving him good run support, but that early effectiveness was important. We were able to use our speed to steal a lot of bases.  In the second game, Brad Shelton was dominant.  He threw a lot of strikes and hit all his spots.  The whole team seemed to come alive in this game and the second game was definitely a carry over from the end of the first one.  Hunter Radford did well behind the plate, giving Michael Olszewski a chance to rest his legs.  Hunter does very well at first for us, but is valuable at catcher as well.  The kids really gave a lot of effort today and I was proud."   

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