Scrappers’ game postponed
By Steve Ruman
Mother Nature did what only one other New York-Penn League team has been able to do — shut down the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
Saturday’s game between the Scrappers and Auburn Doubledays was canceled due to inclement weather.
Several lines of heavy rain moved through Niles just past the scheduled 7:05 start. Though the showers subsided and the tarp was eventually pulled from the field, umpires ruled that conditions were not suitable for play.
The Scrappers and Doubledays will make up the game Aug. 15 as part of a doubleheader at Eastwood Field.
The postponement temporarily cooled off the hottest team in the NYPL. The Scrappers own a 7-1 record, including a 5-0 mark at Eastwood Field. As a team, the Scrappers’ offense is batting a league-high .288, nine points higher than second-ranked Brooklyn.
Scrappers shortstop Elvis Perez (.522) leads the NYPL in batting. He has two home runs and nine RBIs.
Tyler Freeman (.433 batting average) leads the team with 10 RBIs and is riding a six-game hitting streak.
Mitch Reeves, Angel Lopez, GianPaul Gonzalez and Jose Fermin are all batting above .300.