Hidden Valley JV visited Blacksburg on Wednesday to play a game postponed from a day earlier due to inclement weather.
Billy Quinn took the mound for blacksburg and retired the Titans in order in the top of the first. He struck out the lead off batter and then forced a ground out and fly out.
Blacksburg's Ryan Anderson singled to left field with one out and then Seb Cianelli singled to put two runners on with just one out. Anderson moved to 3B on a passed ball and then Jack Madigan hit a RBI sacrifice fly to score Anderson to take a early 1-0 lead in the game. Cianelli advanced to 3B on the play. However, a ground out ended the inning and the scoring threat for the Bruins.
Hidden Valley broke the game open in the top of the 2nd, scoring four runs to take 4-1 lead. The Titans scored the four runs off of five hits, a walk, and a Bruin error.
Blacksburg was held in check in the bottom half of the frame, sending just four batters to the plate. Pete Quinn reached base after being HBP, but was stranded.
Quinn was effective again in the top of the 3rd, facing just five batters, and not allowing any runs. He did give up two singles, but worked out of the jam by forcing a ground out and a fly out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Blacksburg continued to struggle at the plate, sending just four batters to hit. Anderson reached base for his second time in as many at bats, drawing a walk. Cianelli recorded his second hit of the game, advancing Anderson to 2B, but both were stranded.
In the top of the 4th, Hidden Valley blew the game open, scoring 9 runs to extend the game to 13-1. As irony would have it, the Titans JV scored 9 runs in the exact same inning as the Varsity Bruins scored 10 against the Titan varsity. And, just like in the varsity game, the JV Titans hit a HR in the inning to bust the game open. Quinn recorded two outs and then Brad Shelton was inserted to pitch. The Titans racked up 10 runs on just five hits, but the Bruins made two costly errors, walked two batters, and hit a batter with bases loaded.
Blacksburg got two runners on base in the bottom of the inning, with Matt Larkin and Billy Quinn both drawing walks. However, juts as in the prior innings, they were stranded.
Hidden Valley scored one last run in the top of the 5th, extending their lead to 14-1. The lead off batter hit a single, and after Shelton recorded two ground outs, a single scored the lead off batter who had move himself around bases on the two ground balls. Shelton struck out the next batter to end the inning.
Blacksburg tried to rally in the bottom of the 5th, putting two more runners on base again, but both were stranded yet again. Anderson reached via an error, and Cianelli drew a walk. But a ground out ended the inning and the game.
Seb Cianelli led Blacksburg, going 2/2 with two singles and also drew a walk, thus getting on base all three times he was up at the plate. Ryan Anderson had the other hit for Blacksburg and scored the only run for Blacksburg. Jack Madigan had the lone RBI.
Blacksburg stranded one runner in each of the first two innings, and then two runners in each inning thereafter, or eight runners overall.
Head Coach Jonathan Hagee said "We started off strong. Billy had a great first inning and I thought offensively in the first inning we strung together good quality at bats. As the game progressed we had a chance to make some plays defensively to help Billy out but we didn't capitalize. Hidden Valley is the kind of team you have to maximize your opportunities against and can't give them extra outs. Hidden Valley is a great team from a great program but we feel like if we make a play here or there it's a totally different game later on. We are going to go back to work and get after it today and prepare ourselves to go respond with a win at Carroll County tomorrow heading into a little break before we play Christiansburg."
With the loss, the Blacksburg JV team is now 4-2 and travels to Carroll County on Friday.