Blacksburg JV hosted Patrick Henry on Tuesday for the second game of their season series. After winning the first game in Roanoke, the Bruins looked to make it a clean sweep of the minutemen.
Blacksburg ace, Michael Olszewski, took the mound for Blacksburg and held PH scoreless in the top of the 1st. He struck out the lead off batter, but then hit a batter and surrendered a single. With two runners on and just one out, Olszewski battled back and forced two straight ground outs to end the inning for PH.
Meanwhile, the Bruins jumped on PH right out of the gate with their first turn at bat. Seb Cianelli led off with a single, but two quick fly outs on just two pitches didn't look promising for Blacksburg. However, Cianelli stole both 2B and 3B and then scored on an RBI single from Andrew Roberson to right field giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead. A line out ended the inning.
Olszewski was perfect in the top of the 2nd inning. He retired the PH side in order on fourteen pitches.
Blacksburg continued well offensively by scoring two more runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. With one out, CJ Linares was HBP and then Justin Snyder reached base on a fielder's choice, forcing Linares out at 2B. Hunter Radford doubled to center field, scoring Snyder (2-0). Back at the top of the order, Cianelli had his second hit in as many at bats, scoring Radford (3-0). A strike out ended the inning, stranding Radford.
In the top of the 3rd, Olszewski continued his dominance, retiring the side in order for the second consecutive inning in a row. It took just nine pitches to strike out the lead off batter, and produce a line out and ground out.
The Bruins offense continued to be hot in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, Roberson had his second hit of the day, a single. After a second out, Pete Quinn doubled to left field, scoring Roberson with the RBI (4-0). Quinn advanced to 3B on the errant throw from the outfield, which allowed him to score (5-0). Linares reached base via an infield error, but a ground out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Olszewski retired the PH side in order once again, this time on four pitches! He only threw two pitches to force a fly out, one pitch for a ground out, and one pitch for a second ground out.
Blacksburg tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the 4th to run the score to 7-0. With one out, Cianelli was HBP. He stole 2B and 3B and scored on Ryan Anderson reaching base due to an PH infield error. After a second out, Roberson drew a walk and then Billy Quinn singled to left field, scoring Anderson (7-0). A fly out in foul territory ended the inning for the Bruins.
In the top of the 5th, PH recorded only their second hit of the night, with a lead off double to left field. The runner advanced to 3B on an infield error, which allowed the hitter to reach 1B. However, Olszewski forced a double play ball for two quick outs, but the runner on 3B scored an unearned run (7-1) on the play. A ground out ended the inning for PH.
Blacksburg continued it's offensive assault in the bottom of the 5th, scoring in every inning thus far. This time, the Bruins added two more runs to extend their lead to 9-1. With two outs, Radford singled to left field and then Cianelli recorded his third hit of the game, a single to center field. Anderson singled to left field, scoring Matt Larkin, who was inserted as a courtesy runner for Radford. Cianelli stole 3B for his 5th stolen base of the game and then Jack Madigan reached 1B on a PH infield error. Cianelli scored on the play (9-1). A ground out to short stop ended the inning for Blacksburg.
CJ Linares was inserted to pitch in the top of the 6th. CJ immediately forced a ground out for the first out of the inning, but then walked the next batter. He got the next batter to line out and then a dropped 3rd strike on a strike out would have ended the inning, but the batter beat out the throw to 1B. After a walk, Linares struck out the next batter for the fourth out of the inning.
Blacksburg put the game away in the bottom of the 6th, via the 10 run rule, and successfully scoring in every inning of the game. With one out, Jayme Bibbens drew a walk and then Linares reached on a fielder's choice error, advancing Bibbens to 2B. After a second out, Radford singled to left field, scoring Bibbens (10-1) and Linares advanced to 3B and then home (11-1) on the errant throw in from the outfield. With just one out, the game ended via the 10 run rule.
Michael Olszewski got the win for Blacksburg, pitching a two hitter over five innings. He gave up just one run, which was not earned. Olszewski struck out three batters and did not walk anyone. CJ Linares pitched the 6th inning in relief, walking two and striking out two batters. He did not allow a hit.
Offensively, Blacksburg had eleven hits and scored eleven runs, six of which were earned. Incredibly, Blacksburg scored ten of it's eleven runs with two outs in the respective inning. Seb Cianelli was 3/3 to lead the Bruins and he had one RBI. He also scored three runs. Hunter Radford was 3/4 with two RBIs and one run scored. Andrew Roberson was 2/3, with one RBI and one run scored. Ryan Anderson, Billy Quinn, and Pete Quinn each had one hit.
With the win, the Bruins JV improved their season record to 11-3. Head Coach Jonathan Hagee had high regards for his team as usual, "It was a great game for us offensively. We did everything that we game planned to do. We put the ball in play hard, stayed on top of the baseball, hit line drives, and were able to take advantage of our athleticism on the base paths."
"Mike Olszewski threw the ball extremely well for us. You can't say enough about what our pitching staff has done for us all season. C.J. was able to come in and throw a quality inning for us as well. Seb and Drew had big days offensively, as well as Hunter Radford. It can't be overstated how valuable Hunter has been to this team. Whatever we've asked him to do he's done well and with a smile and a yes sir attitude."
"This is just a roster full of great team guys who are all interchangeable and I think that is reflected in the results they are getting. We are looking forward to playing a quality program in Cave Spring on Friday."