NILES, OH- West Virginia put up 6 runs in the fourth inning to guide the Black Bears to a series opening victory. West Virginia brought the lumber in game one, putting up 15 hits in the ballgame, including 2 home runs in the victory.
During the 6 run fourth inning for West Virginia, Ryan Hernandez hit a solo shot to left to get the Black Bears started. All with 2 outs, the Black Bears had 4 hits and 5 consecutive runs to take a 6-0 lead. The Scrappers came back with a solo run in the bottom of the fourth inning, with an RBI single by Jarficur Parker.
Mahoning Valley scored 2 more runs in both the 5th and 6th inning’s to make it a 7-5 game after 6 innings of play. West Virginia blanked the Scrappers in the last 3 innings to take the series opening victory by a final of 7-5. The winning pitcher for West Virginia was the reigning MLB Draft League pitcher of the week, Jeremy Cook. He tossed 5 innings, while giving up just 4 hits and 7 strikeouts. The Black Bears and the Scrappers play again tonight at 7 P.M.