The Blacksburg JV team hosted Carroll County on Tuesday for the second of a two game series this season. The JV Bruins were looking to the series, and as it turned out, both games were near mirrors of one other.
Blacksburg sent Jack Madigan to the mound, and he promptly retired the side in order in the top of the 1st.
The Bruins jumped on the Cavaliers immediately, scoring six runs in the bottom half of the frame. Carroll County walked the bases loaded with Seb Cianelli, Ryan Anderson, and Jack Madigan, each getting on base. Andrew Roberson then made the Cavaliers pay with an RBI single, scoring Cianelli. Billy Quinn drew an RBI walk to push another run home, 2-0. Pete Quinn then singled, scoring Madigan (3-0) with the RBI hit. CJ Linares followed with a RBI hit of his own, a single to center field, scoring Roberson (4-0). With bases still loaded, Justin Snyder hit an RBI ground out, scoring Billy Quinn (5-0). After an out, Cianelli batted for the second time in the inning and reached on an error, scoring Pete Quinn (6-0). A ground out ended the inning, but not before Blacksburg had made a major statement going up 6-0 after the first inning of play.
In the top of the 2nd, a walk, a single and another walk loaded the bases for Carroll County. But Madigan got himself out of the jam by forcing a fly out and then picked a runner off at 2B. Madigan forced a ground out to end the inning.
Blacksburg was retired in order in the bottom of the 2nd and in the top of the 3rd, Madigan faced just four batters, with one Cavalier reaching on a infield error.
In the bottom of the 3rd, the Bruins busted the game open, scoring seven more unanswered runs to extend their lead to 13-0. Pete Quinn led off with a single to right field and then Linares reached base on a infield error, putting two Bruins on base with no outs. Snyder singled to right field to load the bases. Matt Larkin hit a RBI ground out, scoring Pete Quinn (7-0). Cianelli reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Linares (8-0). Anderson then doubled to left field, scoring Snyder (9-0) and advancing Cianelli to 3B. Madigan hit an RBI ground out, scoring Cianelli (10-0) and advancing Anderson to 3B. With two outs in the inning, Roberson reached on an infield error, scoring Anderson (11-0). Billy Quinn took advantage of the extra out provided by Carroll Counting, doubling to left field, advancing Roberson to 3B. Pete Quinn then hit an two RBI single to left field, scoring Roberson and Billy Quinn (13-0). Linares kept things going with a single of his own, but then a line out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Brad Shelton was inserted to pitch in the top of the 4th. After giving up a single, he forced a fly out and then two singles loaded the bases for Carroll County for the second time in the game. However, Shelton forced a fly out and a ground out to get two outs in the inning. The player on 3B stole home, scoring a run for the Cavaliers. Shelton then forced a ground out to strand two Carroll County runners on base.
In the bottom of the 4th, Matt Larkin reached on an infield error, but then was stranded with three consecutive Bruin outs.
Shelton was dominant in the top of the 5th, retiring the side in order on just seven pitches. Blacksburg did not bat in the bottom of the 5th as the game ended due to the 10 run rule.
Blacksburg scored thirteen runs on nine hits. Offensively, the Bruins were led by Pete Quinn, who was 3/3. CJ Linares added two hits, and Ryan Anderson, Andrew Roberson, Billy Quinn, and Justin Snyder each had a hit.
Jack Madigan pitched the first three innings, giving up just one hit and getting the win for Blacksburg on the mound. He walked two and did not give up a run. Brad Shelton pitched two innings in relief, scattering three hits, and only giving up one earned run.
After the game, Head Coach Jonathan Hagee said "I was extremely excited about the way our guys came out and jumped on them early. We came out with confidence and a sense of expectation. I was really pleased with how Jack Madigan and Brad Shelton threw the ball. We have really been playing well offensively and I'm excited to see how we finish here at the end of the season. We have a chance to have a very special season. I just can't say enough about this group. We are looking forward to Pulaski on Friday."
With the win, the JV Bruins improve to 8-3 on the season and travel to Pulaski County on Friday.