NILES, OH- Early in the day the sky cried, in the afternoon the ball flyed. Prior to the game things looked bleak with Niles being bombarded with a constant downpour. Sure enough the sky lightened up and allowed the Mahoning Valley Scrappers to finish their six-game homestand and
NILES, OH- Early in the day the sky cried, in the afternoon the ball flyed. Prior to the game things looked bleak with Niles being bombarded with a constant downpour. Sure enough the sky lightened up and allowed the Mahoning Valley Scrappers to finish their six-game homestand and avoid being swept by the West Virginia Black Bears. The offense saw the ball well tallying 13 hits and 10 runs. Along with their strong offensive output the Scrappers were helped greatly by West Virginia’s four errors and many wild pitches.
West Virginia jumped on the Scrappers early. They started off the 2nd with three straight hits, Eric Santiago singled, Jesse Pierce doubled and Jason Thomas drove them both in with a double. After back-to-back strikeouts Breydon Daniel was able to get Thomas home with an RBI single into left that gave them the early 3-0 lead.
The Scrappers answered quickly, cutting into West Virginia’s lead during the bottom of the 2nd. With a runner on first, Zaid Walker was able to sneak a 362 foot shot just over the right field wall, shrinking the lead down to 3-2.
The Scrappers’ offense was able to keep the momentum going and take the lead in the 3rd. Bobby Sparling got things started with a one out double. He’d be singled in by Jalen Jones tying the game at three apiece. Jones helped the Scrappers take the lead a few pitches later when he scored on a wild pitch.
Mahoning Valley’s lead wouldn’t last long as West Virginia added two in the 4th. The Black Bears’ rally didn’t begin until after there were already two outs. Amari Bartee tripled home Justin Guyton who singled earlier to tie the game. Guyton scored a f on a wild pitch shortly after, giving West Virginia the lead again.
Again, the Scrappers battled back. They were able to tie the game in the bottom of the 4th. Jarrod Belbin led off with a single just to the right of the second base bag. He’d advance to third after West Virginia’s catcher made a wild throw into center when he stole second base. It didn’t take him long to score from there, Jack Kelly dropped a fly ball into left that was dropped by the shortstop and allowed him to cross the plate, knotting the game at 5-5.
After tying the game in the 4th the Scrappers took the lead in the 6th. Trent “Buck” Anderson led the inning off with a single into right, his third hit of the day. He stole second, and was advanced to third by Sam Crail with one out. He’d score on a wild pitch to give the Scrappers a 6-5 lead heading into the final frame.
They’d add a few insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th. Crail singled Anderson home from second, giving the Scrappers a two run cushion. The real damage came when Jason Hinchman basted a no doubt three-run homer to extend the Scrappers lead to 10-5. His homer also gave him the league lead in RBI at 43.
West Virginia attempted to rally in the 9th scoring a run but wouldn’t be able to finish the job making the final score 10-6.
Anderson was named Baird Brothers Player of the Game, he was 4-4 at the dish with four singles, a stolen base and two runs scored.Sparling, the league leader in hits (58), extended his hitting streak today with hits. He has now had a base hit in 10 straight games and reached base in 16 straight.
Elijah Pleasants was borderline untouchable in relief. Pleasants threw a dominant three innings out of the pen, shutting down West Virginia for the 5th, 6th and 7th. He allowed one hit, struck out four, and faced the minimum.
After dodging the sweep and splitting the homestand at (3-3), the Scrappers will begin a six-game road trip in Williamsport to face the Crosscutters. After the three-game set the Scrappers will travel to West Virginia for another three-game set to wrap up the last road trip of the year.
The Scrappers will return home for their final four games of the season in a week. The homestand will begin with the Trenton Thunder Tuesday, August 10 at 7:05 p.m. at Eastwood Field.
The August 10 return will feature
TOPPS Tuesday; the first 1,000 fans will receive a 2020 Bowman sample card pack. It’s also the last Senior Discount Tuesday presented by Shepherd of the Valley, all of our friends 55+ can purchase half price upper box seat tickets. Offer valid at Chevy All-Stars Box Office. Along with the other promos it is All You Can Eat Tuesday presented by 570 WKBN. Get all you can eat hot dogs, Italian sausage, soft tacos, nachos, French fries, popcorn and fountain drinks through the 7th inning. Fans can purchase this wristband for an additional $15 per person or additional $12 per child, 12 and under. Lastly, it’s Fan Appreciation Night.