The Blacksburg Minors lost to Pulaski 16-13 in a high scoring affair. The Bruins came out swinging and had the offense it needed to win, but in the end, made too many mistakes to hold the lead.
Pulaski drew first blood, scoring two runs in the top of the 1st. Blacksburg responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Four of the first five batters scored, with key RBI singles from Davis Roberson and Jacob Lucas. Hunter Radford had a key two out single, which drove in two runs. After one inning, the Bruins led 4-2.
Pulaski scored six runs in the top of the 2nd, scoring six runs on five hits. Blacksburg then responded with four runs of their own. Cordell Croy, Grant Johnston, and Tiquest Terry led off the inning with three consecutive walks to load the bases. Jared Madigan then drove them all in with a triple. Madigan would later score on a RBI single by Cole Epperely. After two innings, the score was tied at 8-8.
In the top of the 3rd, the lead off Pulaski batter reached via an error and later scored to give the Cougars a 9-8 lead. Blacksburg responded with more offense. Blacksburg loaded the bases via a walk and two Pulaski errors. Madigan then hit a two RBI single to score Radford and Craig Weaver. Eric Wiles then scored via a RBI sacrifice by Cole Epperely. Madigan would score on a RBI single by Dom Hughes. After three innings, Blacksburg led 13-9.
Pulaski scored two runs in the top of the 4th to close the gap to 13-11. The Cougars took the lead 15-13 with four runs in the 5th. Pulaski added one more run in the 6th for the final score of 16-13.
Starting pitcher Jared Madigan pitched three innings and Dom Hughes pitched three innings in relief.
Offensively, Blacksburg was led by Jared Madigan who was 4/4 with a triple, 3 singles, 5 RBI, and 3 runs scored. Cole Epperley and Dom Hughes added two hits each. Epperley had two RBI as did Hunter Radford. Ben Freel scored two runs.
Defensively, Grant Johnston made a great play in the 3rd inning by throwing out a runner at 2nd base from right field that limited the Pulaski damage. in the end, however, several defensive miscues by the Bruins were too much to overcome.
Pulaski advances to the State Tournament in Madison Heights, VA. Blacksburg returns 8 of the 12 all-stars next Spring in the 9-10 age group.
Blacksburg was awarded the coveted Sportsmanship Award, which Dixie Youth Baseball considers equal to any championship trophy. This is the fifth time Blacksburg has been awarded the trophy.
Tag(s): 9-10 Minors