Early runs give Scrappers first win


Staff report

Morgantown, w.va.

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers and West Virginia Black Bears once again locked horns in a pitching duel on Tuesday night. One night after being shut out by Black Bear pitching, the Scrappers would get two runs in the second and would lean on the pitching staff to make it hold up. Four Scrappers pitchers would combine to hold West Virginia to just three hits as the Scrappers picked up the 3-1 win.

With two outs in the top of the second inning, the Scrappers would get their first runs of the season on the board. Jonathan Laureano doubled to center to score Gianpaul Gonzalez for a 1-0 lead.

Elvis Perez then followed with a second straight two out double to drive in Laureano to push the lead out to 2-0.

West Virginia would cut the Scrappers lead in half in the bottom of the inning. With one out and the bases loaded, Yoel Gonzalez drove home Sandy Santos on an RBI fielder’s choice to pull the Black Bears to within a run at 2-1. It was as close as West Virginia would get.

box score

scrappers 3, black bears 1

ScrappersWest Virginia

abrhbiabrhbi

Taylor 2b4000Brown lf3010

Gonzalez lf4011Siri 2b4000

Jones 3b3000Suchy rf3000

Cantu 1b4020DeLaCruz 3b3000

Gonzalez c3100Santos cf4110

Benson rf4000Nagle dh4010

Lureano dh4221Fuentes 1b2000

Perez ss4031Gonzalez c3001

Nelson cf3010Walker ss3000

Totals33393Totals29131

Scrappers020000001—3

West Virginia010000000—1

E— Jones 3 (3, fielding, throw, fielding), Gonzalez (1, pickoff), Schlaback (1, pickoff), 2B—Laureano (1), Perez (1), Cantu (1), Nagle (1), CS—Brown 2 (2), Suchy (1), Team RISP — Scrappers 2-15; West Virginia 0-4. LOB—Scrappers 8, West Virginia 5.

IPHRERBBSO

Scrappers

Hockin421123

Mingo W, 1-0210010

Jimenez H, 1200002

Valladares S, 1100002

West Virginia

Schlabach L, 0-1432205

McDonald120000

Meyer110001

Kemp231124

Eusebio100001

WP—Schblach 3, Kemp. HBP—Taylor (by McDonald), Nelson (by Kemp), Fuentes (by Hockin), Umpires—HP: Kyle Nichol; 1b; Jake Botek. T—3:06. A—2,511.

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