NILES -- Joe Ness and two relievers combined on a two-hit shutout, and P.J. Hiser hit his fifth home run of the season, leading the Mahoning Valley Scrappers to a 4-0 victory over the Auburn Doubledays Saturday night at Eastwood Field.
Ness pitched the first five innings, allowing just five base runners, on two hits and three walks.
Thomas Cowley pitched three hitless innings and Albert Vargas retired the side in order in the ninth.
Cowley (2-3) picked up the victory.
The Scrappers' pitchers were so dominant, no Auburn runner advanced past second base.
Hiser's home run, a solo shot, came in the eighth inning and finished the scoring.
The Scrappers broke a scoreless tie in the sixth. Evandy De Leon and Matthew Fornasiere led off the inning with back-to-back singles. After Hiser popped out, Auburn pitcher Randy Dicken uncorked a wild pitch.
Andrew Lytle then singled to right, scoring De Leon. Fornasiere then scored when Lytle got tagged out in a rundown between first and second.
The Scrappers extended their lead to 3-0 an inning later. With two outs, Jose Chavez and Jose Constanza drew walks, then De Leon hit an RBI single to right. The shutout was the Scrappers' third of the season and second against Auburn.
Shoffit 2b4010Constanza lf3000
Sena ss3000De Leon cf3121
Patton rf4000Fornasiere 2b3110
Patterson cf3000Hiser dh3111
Metropouls dh4000Lytle 1b4011
Bormaster c4000Clem 3b4000
Acey 3b2000Longworth rf4000
Thomas 1b1000Woodson c3000
Pettway lf3010Chavez ss2110
E--Shoffit. DP--Scrappers 1. LOB--Auburn 6, Scrappers 6. HR--Hiser. CS--Acey, Constanza, Lytle.
Dicken L, 3-2433215
Cowley W, 2-3300002
PB--Bormaster. Alfaro pitched to 2 batters in the 7th inning. WP--Dicken, Ness. Umpires--Home, Adam Harrel; First, Drew Ashcraft. T--2:41. A--3,435.