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Blacksburg JV Beats Christiansburg 6-5 in Extra Innings Thriller

04/23/2014, 1:30pm EDT
By D. Gresh

Bruins Rally with 2 outs in the Bottom of the 10th

 

Christiansburg JV visited Blacksburg JV for the first of their two inter county "rival" games this season.  In typical fashion, the game lived up to all the hype that it usually does, with Blacksburg coming from behind in extra innings to win 6-5.

Michael Olszewski started on the mound for the Bruins and retired the side in order in the top of the 1st inning.  

Seb Cianelli drew a walk for Blacksburg in the bottom half of the frame, but was stranded. 

Olszewski was perfect again in the top of the 2nd as he set the Blue Demons down in consecutive order.

Blacksburg jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd.  Billy Quinn singled to start the inning, followed by Pete Quinn singling to right field.  With two runners on and no outs, CJ Linares singled to center field to scoring both Quinn brothers for a 2-0 lead. After a ground out, Justin Snyder singled to center field, which advanced Linares to 3B.  Cianelli hit a RBI ground out to SS, allowing Linares to run home on the throw to 1B and extend the lead to 3-0.  A strike out then ended the inning for Blacksburg.

Olszewski faced only four batters in the top of the 3rd, allowing just one single.  Blacksburg put two runners on in the bottom half of the frame, Ryan Anderson reached on an error and Andrew Roberson doubled to center field.  However, a double play ball and a ground out ended the scoring opportunity for Blacksburg.

Christiansburg battled back in the top of the 4th, scoring two runs.  A player reached by an error and then a triple and single produced the two runs for the Blue Demons.

Blacksburg was held scoreless again in the bottom of the 4th.  With two outs, Snyder was HBP and Cianelli drew a walk, but both were stranded when the next batter flew out.

Neither team scored in the 5th, 6th, or 7th inning as each pitcher faced only one batter over the nine minimum possible, sending the game into extra innings.  

Olszewski was dominant for Blacksburg through the first seven innings, and also pitched the 8th inning as he retired the side in order.  Blacksburg was also retired in order in the bottom of the inning.

Billy Quinn came in for relief of Olszewski in the top of the 9th and only permitted one hit, in facing just four batters.

With two outs in the bottom of the 9th, Snyder singled to center field, but was stranded.

In the top of the 10th, Christiansburg scored two runs to take a 5-3 lead.  Two consecutive singles put runners 1st and 3rd and then a sacrifice bunt scored a run (4-3).  After a ground out, a batter was walked and then a single scored another run for the Blue Demons (5-3).  Quinn buckled down and struck out the next batter and then forced a ground out to end the inning.

The bottom of the 10th did not start well for Blacksburg with two consecutive outs.  With their backs against the wall and only one out left, Roberson drew a walk to get a runner on base and give the Bruins a sliver of hope.  Billy Quinn then doubled to left field, advancing Roberson to 3B, who then came home on a throw in from the outfield.  Billy Quinn then stole 3B and Pete Quinn singled to score his brother from 3B.  Pete stole 2B to get in scoring position, and then CJ Linares hit a walk off RBI double, scoring Pete Quinn to win the game in dramatic fashion 6-5.  With the win, the Blacksburg JV improves to 6-2 on the season.  

 
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by CJ Linares, who was 2/5 with 3 RBIs.  Pete Quinn, Billy Quinn, and Justin Snyder also had two hits each.  
 
Michael Olszewski pitching eight innings a scattering just five hits.  He walked on one batter and struck out four Blue Demons.  Billy Quinn got the win in relief, pitching the last two innings, surrendering three hits. He walked one batter and struck out a batter.  
 
Head Coach Hagee was very proud of his team after the come from behind win.  “I was really, really proud of how all the players hung in there and did what we preach in practice and that’s play untill the last out. Michael Olszewski was outstanding for us as we rode him for most of the game.  Billy Quinn did a great job in relief.  Andrew Roberson getting on base was big as that got things going for us and then the Quinn brothers following that up with their hits was huge.  And of course, CJ Linares timely hit won the game for us.  This group is emotionally invested in this team and when you have a great group of parents and players all working towards a common goal, good things happen."

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