Blacksburg JV traveled to Christiansburg on a beautiful sunny Tuesday in an attempt to sweep their cross county rivals on the season series. Just like the first game they played against one another, the game came down to the end in determining the outcome.
Blacksburg was held scoreless in the top of the 1st, sending just four players to the plate. With one out, Michael Olszewski singled, and Jack Madigan followed with a single, but a player was picked off and another was caught stealing to end the inning for the Bruins.
Jack Madigan took the mound for the Bruins and kept Christiansburg scoreless as well. In the bottom of the 1st, he allowed a single and a walk, but then forced a ground out, struck out a Blue Demon, and then forced another ground out to strand both Christiansburg runners.
Blacksburg scored two runs in the top of the 2nd to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Andrew Roberson led off by drawing a walk and then Billy Quinn drew a second walk. With two runners on and no outs, Pete Quinn reached on a fielder’s choice, forcing Billy Quinn out at 2B. After a second out, Justin Snyder ripped a two RBI triple to right field to score both Roberson and Pete Quinn to put Blacksburg up 2-0.
Madigan retired the Christiansburg side in consecutive order in the bottom of the 2nd on just eight pitches.
The Bruins broke the game open in the top of the 3rd, scoring six runs to extend their lead to 8-0. Seb Cianelli led off the inning and was HBP. Olszewski singled to center field, advancing Cianellii to 2B. Madigan drew a walk to load the bases for the Bruins. Roberson drew an RBI walk, forcing home Cianelli (3-0). Billy Quinn reached on fielder’s choice, forcing Olszewski out at home plate. With the bases re-loaded again, Pete Quinn drew an RBI walk, scoring Madigan (4-0). With the bases still loaded, CJ Linares hit a single, scoring Roberson (5-0). Snyder hit a sac fly to right field, permitting Billy Quinn to score on the tag up from 3B (6-0). Hunter Radford then made Christiansburg pay for their walks when he ripped a double to center field, recording two RBIs, and scoring Pete Quinn and Linares to run the score to 8-0. Cianelli was HBP, and then a strike out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Christiansburg stormed back in the bottom of the 3rd, scoring five runs to pull within 8-5. With one out, two players reached on consecutive infield errors putting two runners on base. Instead of a scoreless inning, those two errors set the Blue Demons up for a big inning. A single then loaded the bases for Christiansburg. A second single scored the Blue Demons first run (8-1) of the game. Madigan then forced a line out, for the second out of the inning, which should have ended the inning for the second time. The next batter drew an RBI walk, forcing home a run (8-2). Another single scored two more runs for Christiansburg (8-4). The runner on 3B scored on a passed ball (8-5) and after a walk, Madigan forced a ground out out, or the fifth overall out in the inning. All five Christiansburg runs were unearned.
In the top of the 4th, Blacksburg sent five batters to the plate and did not score any runs. Madigan and Roberson both drew walks, but were stranded.
Christiansburg would fight back in the bottom of the 4th to tie the game at 8-8. Two consecutive singles put runners on base, and then a triple scored a run (8-6). The second runner was thrown out at the plate. The next batter reached base, scoring the runner from 3B (8-7). The runner at 1B was out advancing on the play. A single and a player reaching via an error put two more runners on base and then a single scored the tying run for Christiansburg (8-8). The runner advancing to 3B was thrown out to end the inning.
In the top of the 5th with one out, Radford drew a walk to get on base. After a second out, Olszewski reached on an error, advancing Radford to 3B. However, a fly out ended the inning for Blacksburg, stranding both runners, and the score was still tied at 8-8.
Madigan pitched through the 5th inning and held Christiansburg scoreless. The first two players reached on errors, but then Madigan forced a double play to quickly change the momentum. After a third player reached via an error, Madigan got the next Blue Demon to fly out to end the inning and prevent any unearned runs from scoring.
Blacksburg took the lead in the top of the 6th. With one out, Billy Quinn doubled to put himself in scoring position. After another out, Linares singled to center field, scoring Quinn (9-8). A line out ended the inning for the Bruins.
Billy Quinn came into pitch for Blacksburg and faced just four batters, walking one and keeping the Blue Demons scoreless.
Blacksburg loaded the bases in the top of the 7th, but could not push a run across. Radford led off with a walk, and then after two outs, Madigan was HBP. Roberson drew a walk to load the bases for the Bruins, but then a foul ball fly out ended the scoring opportunity for Blacksburg.
Quinn kept Christiansburg scoreless in the bottom of the 7th to preserve the win for Blacksburg. He forced a line out and then a infield fly to register two quick outs. A single put a runner on base, but then Quinn forced a ground out to Cianellli at short stop to end the game.
Blacksburg was able to overcome six errors with eight hits to win 9-8 and sweep Christiansburg JV on the season. Christiansburg had ten hits, and one error.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by CJ Linares, who was 2/4. Michael Olszewski was 2/5 while Jack Madigan, Billy Quinn, Justin Snyder, and Hunter Radford each added a hit.
Jack Madigan pitched very well, scattering nine hits and giving up just two earned runs. Most of the hits happened after innings should have ended due to defensive errors. He walked three batters and struck out two Blue Demons.
Billy Quinn got the win for the Bruins, pitching the last two innings for Blacksburg. He allowed just one hit and walked one batter.
Head Coach Jonathan Hagee said "This team is tough as nails. They are the best I've been around at coming through for each other and picking each other up. Justin Snyder and C.J. Linares were big again for us all night offensively. Billy and Michael Olszewski had big hits too. Jack and Billy both gave us great efforts on the mound. I'm just really proud of this group and how they seem to just pull more and more out of themselves each game. For us to be 10-3 at this point is a testament to them and their commitment to Bruin baseball. Honestly, words don't do this team justice; to understand what a special group this is you have to witness them on the field. I'm just blessed to have been given the opportunity to guide them.”
With the win, the Blacksburg JV team improved to 10-3 on the season and host PH on Tuesday in Blacksburg.