The Blacksburg JV traveled to Pulaski for a rematch of their earlier season meeting in which the Bruins beat Pulaski 6-2 in Blacksburg.
Pulaski held Blacksburg in check in the top of the first, with Jack Madigan reaching via an error, but was stranded.
The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st inning. Blacksburg's starting pitcher, Michael Olszewski gave up a lead off single and then forced a line out for the first out. Olszewsk forced what would have been the 2nd out, but a Pulaski batter reached via an infield error. After a walk, the Cougars scored a run on a fielder's choice, which should have been the last out of the inning. Olszewsk struck out the next batter to end the inning, but not before Pulaski had gone up 1-0.
Both teams were retired in order in the 2nd inning and the score remained 1-0.
Blacksburg got things going in the top of the 3rd, scoring three runs to pull ahead 3-1. Justin Snyder lead off with a single to right field and then Hunter Radford singled to left field to put two runners on with no outs. Seb Cianelli reached on a fielder's choice, forcing Snyder out at 3B. After a fly out, Jack Madigan hit a clutch triple to left field, scoring Radford and Cianelli (2-1). Andrew Roberson reached on an infield error, permitting Madigan to score from 3B (3-1). A fly out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Pulaski would fight right back and tie the game in the bottom half of the 3rd, 3-3. They scored two runs on a single, a double, and then another single.
Blacksburg kept their rally going by scoring two more runs of their own in the top of the 4th to break the tie and go ahead 5-3. With one out, CJ Linares doubled to get things started. Snyder got his second hit of the night, a single to center field, advancing Linares to 3B. Radford flied out to center field, but Linares scored after tagging up (4-3). Cianelli reached on an error by the left fielder, permitting Snyder to score and extend the lead to 5-3. A ground out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Billy Quinn was inserted to pitch in the bottom of the 4th. He faced five batters, giving up a walk and a single, but then buckled down and got a ground out and struck out the next two batters.
The Bruins added a run in the top of the 5th to extend their lead to 6-3. With one out, Roberson drew a walk to get on base and then Billy Quinn drew a second walk to put runners at 1B and 2B. After an out, Linares came through with a clutch two out single to load the bases. Roberson was able to come home (6-3) on the throw from the outfield. A ground out ended the inning.
Pulaski would not quit as they scored a run in the bottom of the 5th to pull within two runs at 6-4. With two outs, the Cougars drew a walk and then a RBI double scored a run. Billy Quinn forced a infield pop up to end the inning.
Blacksburg kept pounding away and taking advantage of opportunities provided to them. With one out in the top of the 6th, Cianelli doubled to right field and advanced home on an infield throwing error when a Bruin lined out. A ground out ended the inning for the Bruins.
Quinn retired the Pulaski side in order in the bottom of the 6th on just nine pitches; a strike out and two ground outs.
Blacksburg busted the game open in the top of the 7th. Roberson led off getting hit by a pitch. Billy Quinn then drew a walk, followed by a Pete Quinn walk, which loaded the bases for Blacksburg with no outs. Linares drew an RBI walk to score Roberson (8-4). Snyder ripped his third hit of the night, a double to center field, scoring two runs by plating Billy Quinn and Pete Quinn (10-4). Radford then hit a RBI single to center field, scoring Linares (11-4). Two consecutive strike outs were recorded by Pulaski, but Radford had advanced to 2B on an inference call, stole 3B, and then stole home (12-4). A fly out ended the inning for the Bruins.
Billy Quinn retired the side in the bottom of the 7th. After giving up a lead off walk, he forced a double play ground ball for two quick outs. Then in fitting fashion, Quinn struck out the next batter to end the game for Blacksburg and record the win.
Quinn got the win on the mound for Blacksburg, pitching the last four innings for Blacksburg. He scattered two hits, and gave up one run. He walked four batters and struck out seven Cougars. Michael Olszewsk pitched the first three innings for the Bruins, scattering four hits, giving up just one earned run, walked one, and struck out three batters. The score was tied 3-3 when he left the game.
Offensively, Blacksburg scored twelve runs on nine hits. Justin Snyder was 3/4 with a double and two singles. Hunter Radford and CJ Linares both added two hits each. Jack Madigan and Seb Cianelli each had a hit for Blacksburg.
Head Coach Jonathan Hagee was pleased with the season sweep of Pulaski. "I'm really proud of this team, not just for the players they are but for the people they are and the way they've come together as a team. They are a team in every since of the word. I was glad to get Michael Olszewski back on the field and back in the flow. Billy came in and threw the ball very well. C.J. Linares set the tone for us offensively tonight with some big hits, I can't say enough about how well he's been playing offensively for us. I'm really proud of Justin Snyder and Hunter Radford who had big games too. Felt great to get our 9th win of the season. Honestly, we're just having a ton of fun from the coaches to the players. Proud of what we've been able to establish up to this point. It's just a great group, makes my job extremely fun day in and day out."
With the win, the Blacksburg JV team improves to 9-3 on the season.