NILES OH- The Mahoning Valley Scrappers picked up the series win over West Virginia by a final of 12-5 on Saturday night.
West Virginia starter Cedric de Grandpré threw a gem through 4 innings for West Virginia. Grandpré fanned 7 batters while only giving up 1 run on 2 hits. West Virginia led 4-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, until the Scarppers exploded offensively, scoring 6 runs on 5 hits to take a 7-4 lead. Mahoning Valley put up another crooked number in the seventh inning, scoring 3 runs on just 1 hit. Black Bears reliever, Brandon Noriega walked 4 batters in the seventh inning, and the Scrappers capitalized on all 4 free passes.
Former Youngstown State pitcher Chad Cole’s came out of the pen to seal the deal, tossing 3 innings, and striking out 3 batters to keep the Scrappers unbeaten at 3-0. Xavier Carter led the squad for Mahoning Valley, going 2-4 at the plate with 3 RBI’s, including the go ahead single in the bottom of the sixth.
Anthony Romo and Richie Juliano caught up with manager Homer Bush and right fielder Xavier Carter following the win. Here are their thoughts to a great start below.
*Contributed By YSN’s Richie Juliano
Postgame Interview With Homer Bush:
Postgame Interview With Xavier Carter: