Blacksburg JV hosted Pulaski in a make up from earlier in the season. Getting back on the field for the Bruins was important for the team as they not played in about ten days due to spring break and a couple rain outs. The layoff did not seem to effect the Bruins a tremendous amount as they beat Pulaski 6-2 behind the stellar pitching of Jack Madigan.
In the top of the 1st, Madigan gave up just one of this three hits on the day. He struck out two and forced a ground out.
The Bruins were a little slow out of the gate, perhaps due to their layoff. Four batters were sent to the plate. Seb Cianelli led off with a double, but was stranded.
Madigan retired the side in consecutive order in the top of the 2nd, with two by strike out.
Blacksburg got on the score board in the bottom half of the inning. Andrew Roberson led off with a single to center field and after an out, which advanced Roberson to 2nd, he went to 3B on a wild pitch. A sac fly by Pete Quinn scored Roberson from 3B to take a 1-0 lead.
Madigan was dominant again in the 3rd, striking out the first batter, but then gave up a single. However, he forced a double play ground ball to end the inning by throwing just nine pitches.
The Bruins busted the game open in the bottom of the 3rd, scoring three more runs to increase their lead to 4-0. Justin Snyder led off with a single and then Cianelli drew a walk to put two runners on base with no outs. Snyder advanced to 3B on an outfield throwing error. Michael Olszewski hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Snyder (2-0). Madigan then helped himself by ripping a double to right field, advancing Cianelli to 3B, who then went home on error by the 3B on the throw from the outfield (3-0). Madigan was able to come around to score as well (4-0). After a ground out, Roberson drew a walk, but then a ground out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Madigan retired the Cougar side in consecutive order in the top of the 4th, via two ground outs and a strike out.
Blacksburg would add a run in the bottom of the 4th to extend their lead to 5-0. With one out, CJ Linares singled to center field. After a strike out, Cianelli reached via an error, advancing Linares to 2B, but was able to advance to 3B and then home when the Cougars had some errant throws. Olszewski singled to left field, advancing Cianelli to 3B. However, a fly out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
In the top of the 5th, Madigan surrendered his first walk of the game. The runner did advance to 2B on a wild pitch, and then to 3B on a ground out, but Madigan struck out the next batter to end the threat.
Blacksburg would score another run in the bottom of the 5th. With two outs and no runners on base, Billy Quinn singled. Pete Quinn then singled to center field, advancing Billy to 3B. Billy scored from 3B on a throwing error by the center fielder. Pulaski caught Blacksburg stealing home to register the last out of the inning.
Pulaski scored two runs in the top of the 7th. with one out, two walks put runners on base and then a wild pitch advanced each to 2B and 3B respectively. A bloop single scored both runs. However, Madigan buckled down and struck out the next hitter and then forced a fly out to end the inning to preserve the complete game for himself.
Offensively, Blacksburg had eight hits by eight different batters: Seb Cianelli, Michael Olszewski, Jack Madigan Andrew Roberson, Billy Quinn, Pete Quinn, CJ Linares and Justin Snyder.
Jack Madigan went the distance for Blacksburg in picking up the win. He pitched all seven innings, scattering three hits, giving up just three walks, and striking out nine Cougars.
Head Coach Jonathan Hagee said. "Jack Madigan pitched really well for us. Very proud of him and tickled to death to have him back. This was really different than any game we’ve played thus far…Wasn’t easy for us. We had to grind it out. A couple sac flys….we ran the bases really well and took advantage of opportunities We got eight hits from eight different people which really showed it was a team effort offensively. Defensively, we played pretty solid. I was especially pleased with that because we haven’t played in a while or been outside much due to the rain. Was great to get outside and build towards tomorrow vs Hidden Valley….It’s a chance to see where we are as a bench mark as they are the only team who I feel has really beat us. We intend to put on a better game this next time and we’re excited to see how far we’ve come.
With the win, the Blacksburg JV team improved it’s record to 7-2 and faces perennial district power Hidden Valley on Friday in Roanoke.