The Blacksburg minors lost to Pulaski on Monday night 5-4, after a late game rally by the Cougars. Pulaski now advances to play Radford.
In the top of the first, Blacksburg jumped out to a 2-0 lead on RBI sacrifices by Ben Freel and Davis Roberson, knocking in Jared Madigan and Cole Epperley, who reached base with a double and a single.
Blacksburg picked up a run in the 3rd and 4th inning. In the 3rd inning, Grant Johnston, who reached base on a single, stole third and home to notch Blacksburg's third run. Hunter Radford would score in the 4th after reaching on a fielders choice.
Blacksburg held Pulaski to two runs on one hit through four complete innings on pitching by Jared Madigan. After a pitching change in the 5th, Pulaski picked up three runs to make the score 5-4.
Two defensive highlights in the fifth inning were two Pulaski runners being thrown out at the plate. The first was a relay throw by CF Eric Wiles to SS Cole Epperely, who then hit C Ben Freel. The second was a direct throw from LF Dom Hughes to Freel. Both plays were key in keeping the Bruins within striking distance.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Jared Madigan, who went 3-4 with a double and two singles. Jacob Lucas added two doubles. The Bruin minors stranded 10 runners.
Blacksburg will now battle Christiansburg on Tuesday @ 6pm.
Tag(s): 9-10 Minors