In the top of the 4th, Quinn kept the pressure on, retiring the side in consecutive order.
In the bottom half of the frame, Blacksburg got some momentum going with CJ Linares hitting a lead off single. Seb Cianelli then reached via an error to put runners on first and second with no outs. A Bruin was caught stealing, and then Andrew Roberson reached base on a pop up error. After a infield fly rule out, Michael Olszewski drew a walk to load the bases. However, a pop up ended the inning and the scoring opportunity.
Quinn retired Cave Spring in consecutive order yet again in the top of the 5th, holding the Knights hitless thus far.
In the bottom of the inning, Blacksburg worked hard and got a much needed run on the board to take the lead 1-0. Quinn helped himself in the pitching department by reaching base via an error. Pete Quinn then singled to left field, advancing Billy to 2B. Justin Snyder sacrificed Billy to 3B and Pete to 2B. After fly out, Seb Cianelli delivered a huge two out RBI single to score Billy Quinn from 3B. A Bruin was caught stealing home, which ended the inning, but Blacksburg had taken the lead 1-0 and given Billy Quinn some much needed run support.
Cave Spring responded right back and scored a run in the top of the 6th. The lead off batter drew a walk and after two ground outs, Cave Spring recorded their first hit of the game, a single, which broke up the no hitter. The single allowed the Knight on base to score as he had advanced from 1st to 2nd and then to 3rd on each of the two ground outs. The next Cave Spring batter reached on a infield error, but Quinn got the next batter to fly out to end the inning.
Neither team produced a hit in the 7th as both teams were scoreless, and the game remained tied 1-1 after regulation play.
The top of the 8th proved to be a very exciting inning if were a Bruin fan, and one you don’t see very often in the game of baseball. Cave Spring drew a lead off walk, and then put a runner on base via a Blacksburg infield error. Positioned well with two runners on base and no outs, Blacksburg had to play perfect baseball to keep the Knights from scoring. The Bruins did just that. Cave Spring tried to sacrifice each runner over one base. In doing so, the batter interfered with Blacksburg’s 1st baseman, Hunter Radford, who was fielding the ball. The ball got past Radford and went up against the fence. The runners who were advancing to 3B and 2B, now rounded their respective bases and headed home and to 3B. Radford hustled and alertly picked the ball up from foul territory and threw a strike to catcher Michael Olszewski, who tagged out the runner coming home. Olszewski then threw to 3B, and Andrew Roberson tagged the runner coming from 2B. The initial batter who was called for interference was called out by the umpire, thus Blacksburg had pulled off the improbable triple play!
In the bottom of the 8th and with one out, CJ Linares reached on an infield error and made his way to 2B as a result of the play. A ground out advanced Linares to 3B. Andrew Roberson then hit his second walk off single in as many days, to left field to score Linares from 3B. In doing so, the Bruins had won a hard fought game against Cave Spring, 2-1 and improved their season record themselves to 4-0.
After the game, Head Coach Jonathan Hagee was happy with his team’s effort and determination. Hagee said “Billy Quinn pitched perhaps the best game of his life. He had a no hitter through 5 2/3 innings and only gave up one hit, which was huge in giving our offense a lot of room for comfort. Cave Spring’s catcher was very good, had a good arm and I didn’t want to take too many chances on the base paths. With the game being so low in scoring, I knew base runners were going to be limited and at a premium. I am very proud of the whole team’s efforts and I liked how we battled throughout the entire game. We played well defensively, which was big given the low scoring game. In addition, I want to say that we are very happy to have Jack Madigan with us and he is going to make us that much better of a team.”
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Seb Cianelli, CJ Linares, Pete Quinn, and Jack Madigan, who each had one hit. Cianelli had an RBI for the Bruins.
Billy Quinn was dominant on the mound in getting the win for Blacksburg, He allowed just one hit, walked two batters, and struck out nine Cave Spring players.
Blacksburg JV travels to Salem on Friday to play in historic Kiwanis Field, in Salem, Va. The ball park is the former home of the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league team, the Salem Buccaneers and Colorado’s minor league team, the Avalanche. Salem’s current minor league team, the Salem Red Sox plays it’s games in their new ball park just down the road from Kiwanis Field.