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Blacksburg Varsity Sweeps Carroll County in DH

05/22/2015, 3:45pm EDT
By D. Gresh

Senior Day for the Bruins


Carroll County traveled to Blacksburg on Tuesday to play a double header; a regularly scheduled game and a make up from a previously rained out game.  Due to the DH and lack of lighting at Old BHS Field, both teams agreed to two five-inning games.  It was also “Senior Day” for the Bruins, in which each senior was recognized with a special large matted photo for their contribution to Blacksburg Baseball. 

In the first game, Sophomore Michael Olszewski pitched a complete five-inning 6-1 win over the Cavaliers.  After allowing a lead off single to start the game, Olszewski retired the next three batters in consecutive order. 

In the bottom half of the 1st, Blacksburg jumped on Carroll County to take a 5-0 lead.  Seb Cianelli led off with a single and Morgan McCoy drew a walk to get things started for the Bruins.  Ben Anstrom then singled to CF, scoring Cianelli (1-0).  McCoy advanced to 3B on a passed ball and then Ethan Goforth drew a walk to load the bases for Blacksburg.  McCoy scored (2-0) on another passed ball while the other two runners each advanced a base.  Adam Linkous then reached first base on an infield error, which permitted two runs to score for Blacksburg (4-0).  After a line out and a fly out, Tyler Davis singled to LF, scoring Linkous (5-0).  

Olszewski held Carroll to just one hit in the top of the 2nd and 3rd innings.  Anstrom and Cianelli both singled in the bottom of the 2nd, but were stranded.  In the bottom of the 3rd, the Bruins then picked up another run to extend their lead to 6-0.  With one out, Jake Schirmer reached base on an error by the pitcher, and then Davis singled to LF.  Olszewski also reached on an error, this time by the left fielder, which allowed Schirmer to score (6-0).  Two consecutive fly outs ended the inning for Blacksburg.

Carroll County produced two base runners in the top of the 4th on a single and a Bruin infield error, but both runners were stranded.  Anstrom and Verniel both singled in the bottom of the 4th, but neither was able to score.

In the top of the 5th, the Cavaliers scored a run after a batter was HBP, a single, and then another Bruin infield error.  Blacksburg did not bat in the bottom of the 5th as the game ended 6-1.

Pitcher Michael Olszewski gave up six hits over five innings, surrendered one earned run, walked one batter, and struck out six Cavaliers.

Offensively, Blacksburg scored six runs on eight hits.  One run was earned.  Ben Anstrom led the Bruins at the plate, going 3/3 with one RBI.  Seb Cianelli and Tyler Davis each had two hits while Jake Verniel had one hit. Adam Linkous had two RBIs. 


In the second game of the DH, Blacksburg started all the seniors and rallied in the bottom of the 4th to win 4-3.   Senior Ethan Goforth got the win on the mound for the Bruins. 

Carroll County scored a run in the top of the 1st to take an early 1-0 lead.  A double and then a triple brought the run home.  The Bruins were retired in consecutive order in the bottom of the 1st.   

Carroll added another run in the top of the 2nd to extend their lead to 2-0.  A lead off walk, then a single, and a runner stealing home pushed the run across. 

With two outs in the bottom of the 2nd inning, Adam Linkous tripled, but was stranded after the next hitter flew out. 

Carroll added a third run in the top of the 3rd inning.  A lead off Home run to LF pushed the score to 3-0. 

Blacksburg finally got some offense going in the bottom half of the frame, scoring a run to narrow the score to 3-1.  With one out, Michael Olszewski doubled to LF.  After a second out, Morgan McCoy hit an RBI double to LF, scoring Olszewski (3-1). 

The Cavaliers were held scoreless in the top of the 4th and the Bruins took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning.  With one out, Jake Verniel drew a walk to get on base and then stole 2B.  Linkous reached base on an error by the Carroll County SS, which advanced Verniel to 3B and then home on the error.  Jake Schirmer hit a ground ball single past SS and then Tyler Davis drew a walk to load the bases for Blacksburg. Olszewski hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Linkous (3-3).  Cianelli then drew a walk, which re-loaded the bases for Blacksburg.  McCoy drew an RBI walk, which forced in the winning run (4-3). 

Pitcher Ethan Goforth retired the side in consecutive order in the top of the 5th to preserve the win for the Bruins.  Goforth went the distance, scattering five hits over five innings.  He gave up three earned runs, walked one batter, and struck out six Cavaliers. 

Offensively, Blacksburg scored four runs on four hits.  Two of the runs were earned.  Morgan McCoy, Adam Linkous, Jake Schirmer, and Michael Olszewski each had a hit for the Bruins. 

With DH sweep of Carroll County, the Bruins improved to 12-7 on the season.   

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