The Blacksburg JV Team traveled to Patrick County to play its new Conference 32 foe, the Patrick County Cougars. The JV team came away with an impressive 13-3 win behind the pitching of Michael Olszewski, the hitting of Justin Snyder, and being patient at the plate by drawing eleven walks.
The Bruins jumped on the Cougars right out of the gate, scoring three runs in the top of the 1st inning. Justin Snyder led off the game by drawing a walk and after a ground ball out, CJ Linares and Hunter Radford both drew walks to load the bases. A player was caught stealing home and then Brad Shelton drew a walk to re-load the bases. Wes McCoy drew an RBI walk, scoring Linares (1-0). Olszewski then drew the Bruins sixth consecutive walk, resulting in another run (2-0). Jordan Shockley reached on an error, which permitted Shelton to score (3-0). A strike out ended the inning for Blacksburg.
Since Varsity didn't have a game, Olszewski was brought down to get some reps pitching, and immediately showed his value by retiring the Cougars quickly. One player did reach base via an error.
Blacksburg picked up another run in the top of the 2nd to extend their lead to 4-0. Snyder lead off with a double and Ryan Anderson singled, advancing Snyder to 3B. Linares hit an RBI ground out to SS, scoring Snyder. A player was caught stealing and then a fly out ended the inning for the Bruins.
Olszewski faced just four batters in the bottom of the 2nd and did not permit a run.
Both teams were held scoreless in the 3rd.
Blacksburg got its offense going again in the top of the 4th. Shockley led off with a double and then Jayme Bibbens drew a walk. Snyder was HBP, which loaded the bases for the Bruins with no outs. Anderson drew an RBI walk, scoring Shockley (5-0). Linares then doubled to LF, and registered two RBIs by bringing home Bibbens and Snyder. (7-0) Radford hit a sac fly RBI, which scored Anderson (8-0). Shelton hit an RBI ground out to SS, scoring Linares (9-0). A line out then ended the inning for Blacksburg.
In the bottom of the 4th, Patrick County scored two runs on two singles and an infield error to narrow the score to 9-2.
Blacksburg was held scoreless in the top of the 5th. Olszewski reached base on an error and Shockley was HBP with no outs, but then two strikeouts quickly changed momentum of the inning. Anderson drew a walk to load the bases for the Bruins, but a strike out ended the inning and stranded all three runners.
The Cougars picked up a run in the bottom of the 5th on three walks and a single (9-3). But, Blacksburg immediately responded in the bottom half of the frame, scoring four more runs to extend their lead to 13-3. Radford led off the inning with a single to CF and then Shelton drew a walk. McCoy drew a second consecutive walk to load the bases with no outs for Blacksburg. Olszewski then helped himself by singling to LF, scoring Radford with the RBI. Shelton took home an errant throw from the outfield. After a pop up and a strike out, Snyder hit a ground ball single, scoring McCoy. Olszewski was able to take home on another errant throw by Patrick County. A fly out ended the inning for the Bruins.
Austin Nickle was inserted to pitch the 6th inning and shut down the Cougars to end the game 13-3.
Michael Olszewski got the win on the mound for Blacksburg. He pitched five innings, scattering three hits, walking six, and struck out give batters. He gave up just two earned runs. Austin Nickle pitched the last inning and did not surrender a hit. He walked two batters and struck out one.
Offensively, Blacksburg scored 13 runs on 7 hits. Justin Snyder led the Bruins with a 2/2 effort at the plate, 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI. Ryan Anderson, CJ Linares, Hunter Radford, Michael Olszewski, and Jordan Shockley each added a hit for the Bruins. Linares had 2 RBIs.
With the win, the Blacksburg JV team improves to 5-1 on the season. Head Coach Jonathan Hagee said “we played pretty well. Another good win for us, especially after the long drive to Patrick County. We felt fortunate to have Michael Olszewski with us today and he pitched very well. This is a great opportunity for him to get reps.
“We played much better defensively this game. We have finally been able to get a stretch of time outdoors and a lot of reps helped us tighten some things up. I really like this team. We’re getting better and better and we’re going to be tough to beat if we keep improving like we are.”
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