The Blacksburg JV team traveled to Carroll County of Friday, rounding out the second of two games for the Bruins. Earlier in the week had not been too kind to the Blacksburg JVs, but they rebounded in a huge way after their long trip to Carroll County. The Bruins pounded out 15 hits, and scored 13 runs in a rout of Carroll County 13-2.
The Bruins wasted little time getting started, scoring a run in the top of the 1st. Seb Cianelli led off the game with a single and after an out, Jack Madigan singled, scoring Cianelli and racking up an RBI. Madigan was stranded as two ground outs ended the inning for the Bruins.
Michael Olszewski started on the mound for Blacksburg. Carroll scored one run in the bottom half of the inning on two singles to tie game at 1-1.
Blacksburg’s offense was held in check in the top of the 2nd, with Pete Quinn reaching on an error and CJ Linares singling, but both were stranded.
Olszewski was dominant in the bottom of the 2nd, facing just four batters. One reached via an error, or the Cavaliers would have been retired in consecutive order.
Blacksburg blew the game open in the top of the 3rd, scoring four runs to extend their lead to 5-1. Cianelli and Olszewski singled to start the inning, and then jack Madigan reached on an error, scoring Cianelli in the process (2-1). Andrew Roberson and Ryan Anderson both hit ground out RBIs that scored Olszewski (3-1) and Madigan (4-1). Pete Quinn drew a walk and then Billy Quinn doubled scoring Pete (5-1). A strike out ended the inning for Blacksburg, but they had taken a dominant position in the game.
Carroll County scored a run in the bottom of the 3rd to narrow the lead to 5-2. A walk, a fielder's choice, and a single produced the run for the Cavaliers.
The Bruins kept their hitting going, scoring five more runs in the top of the 4th. Cianelli started the inning with a single and then Olszewski doubled, advancing Cianelli to 3B. Madigan hit a two RBI single to center field, scoring Cianelli and Olszewski (7-2). Roberson reached on an error and Madigan was able to come all the way around and score (8-2). After a strike out, Pete Quinn singled to right field, advancing Roberson to 3B. Roberson then stole home (9-2). Linares doubled to left field, scoring Quinn (10-2). A ground out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Olszewski continued on with his dominant form, facing just five batters. A player reached on an error and one was walked, but the other three were retired by a fly out and two strike outs.
In the top of the 5th, Blacksburg tacked on three more runs to extend their lead to 13-2. With one out, Olszewski drew a walk and Madigan reached on a fielder’s choice to the short stop. Roberson then singled, scoring Olszewski (11-2). Anderson hit a singled to center field, scoring Roberson with the RBI. Jayme Bibbens drew a walk and then advanced to 2B on a single by Billy Quinn. Anderson scored on the play to make the score 13-2. A ground out to SS ended the productive inning for Blacksburg.
Jack Madigan came in to pitch in relief in the bottom of the 5th and retired the Carroll County players in order. He struck out the first two batters, and then forced a fly out to end the game.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by CJ Linares, who was 3/3 with one RBI. Seb Cianelli as 3/4 and scored three runs. Michael Olszewski, Jack Madigan, and Billy Quinn each had two hits. Madigan had three RBIs while Andrew Roberson, Ryan Anderson and Olszewski had two RBIs each. Cianelli and Olszewski both scored three runs. Madigan and Billy Quinn scored two runs each.
Michael Olszewski was the winning pitcher, going four innings and scattering three hits. He gave up two runs, only one of which was earned. Michael had two strikeouts and walked three batters. Jack Madigan pitched in relief, facing the minimum three batters and striking out two of them.
After the game, Head Coach Hagee was very pleased with his team’s effort and performance. "I liked the way we responded from the last two games, especially the Hidden Valley game….To come out and beat someone the way we did. We got aggressive getting on base and created havoc with the way we run…Very athletic. Michael Olszewski was outstanding on his first start on the mound. Proud of the strides we made offensively…and the work the kids put in…Got things fixed and proud of the coaches. Seb had a big day offensively out of the lead off spot. He was playing sick and it was a huge gamer effort out of him and really proud of him for the way he stepped up for us. He’s been sick all week.
Going into spring break 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the River Ridge is a good start for our team. We have an eleven day break and looking forward to playing our rival Christiansburg and looking forward to second half of the season. We are going to get some rest here….Gotta be fresh going into the rest of the season.