NILES, OH- The Mahoning Valley Scrappers lost their second game in a row Saturday to the West Virginia Black Bears. The contest was sloppy all around, both teams combined for seven errors, four for West Virginia and three for the Scrappers. While mistakes proved costly for both sides
NILES, OH- The Mahoning Valley Scrappers lost their second game in a row Saturday to the West Virginia Black Bears. The contest was sloppy all around, both teams combined for seven errors, four for West Virginia and three for the Scrappers. While mistakes proved costly for both sides all night, they were what ultimately nailed the Scrappers’ coffin shut in the 7th inning.
West Virginia waited until the 3rd inning to break the 0-0 tie. Christian Lucio drove in the first run of the night when he singled home Breydon Daniel from second base giving them a 1-0 lead over the Scrappers.
It didn’t take the Scrappers long to answer back and tie the game up. After Sam Crail hit into a fielder’s choice, Bobby Sparling advanced him to third with a single up the middle. He’d score a few pitches later on a wild pitch that rolled all the way to the front of the Scrappers’ dugout.
In the 4th inning West Virginia’s Andrew Miller gave West Virginia the lead again when he blasted a 412 foot solo shot to right center for the 2-1 lead (
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The game, once again, would return to a tie. In the bottom of the 5th Jarrod Belbin slapped a single up the middle and advanced to second on a wild overthrow back into the infield by the center fielder. After Belbin tagged on a sac fly to left, Sparling drove him home with his third hit of the night, dumping the ball into left field, knotting the game at two a piece.
West Virginia took control in the 7th. After back-to-back walks to lead off the inning they double stole second and third. Scrappers’ catcher Duncan Hewitt attempted to throw the runner at second out but the ball skipped into center field allowing Jason Thomas to score and sent Justin Guyton to third. Guyton would score shortly after on a wild pick off attempt to first by the Scrappers’ pitcher. The inning full of blunders allowed West Virginia to double their run total and take a 4-2 lead without tallying a hit.
The Scrappers were able to bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the 9th but couldn’t capitalize. Jason Nall hit an opposite field single into left with two outs that brought Jarrod Belbin to the plate. With a full count and Nall on second he grounded out to short to end the game, keeping the final score at 4-2.
Despite the disappointing loss the Scrappers had some bright spots individually. Sparling went 3-3 with two singles, a double, a walk, and an RBI at the plate. Belbin also had three hits going 3-4 with three singles, hit by pitch and a run scored. Reliever Jarrett Orbin was electric out of the pen, he didn’t allow a hit in the 8th or 9th. He struck out two, and on top of not allowing a hit, he didn’t allow a baserunner.
The loss drops the Scrappers record at home below .500 at (12-13-2). Their record on the season drops to (23-28-2) and they are 10 games back in the MLB Draft League standings. The Scrappers will look to avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon against West Virginia at 4:05 p.m. at Eastwood Field.
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