Scrappers use big sixth for win over West Virginia

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers scored all five runs in the sixth inning to help them past West Virginia on Sunday evening

NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers rallied from a 1-0 deficit with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pick up a 5-1 win over the West Virginia Black Bears at Eastwood Field. With the win the Scrappers get the series win and also secured their first winning record at home since 2011.

West Virginia would strike first with an unearned run in the top of the third inning. With one out, Nick Young would reach second on a two base throwing error by Gavin Collins. Then with two outs, Sandy Santos would single to drive in Young for the 1-0 West Virginia lead.

After twice stranding runners at third, the Scrappers would break through in the bottom of the sixth inning. Gabriel Mejia started the inning with a triple to left. Silento Sayles followed an infield single putting runners at first and third. Nate Winfrey would then tie the game with an RBI single to score Mejia. With two outs and two on base, Gavin Collins walked to load the bases. Mitch Longo and Logan Ice followed with back to back bases loaded walks to break the tie. Alexis Pantoja capped the scoring with a two run single to score Collins and Longo to push the lead out to the final of 5-1.

After Shane Bieber set the tone with three dominant innings on the mound, Luis Jimenez and Alsis Herrera followed with a combined six innings of three hit, shutout baseball to secure the win.

Bieber took a no decision in 3.0 innings of work. He allowed one unearned run on one hit. He struck out one. Jimenez (1-4) earned the win with 5.0 innings of relief. He walked one and struck out five. Herrera finished the game with one inning of work allowing just one hit.

The Scrappers (34-33) will now head to Williamsport to start a three game series with the Crosscutters (34-32) on Monday night at 7:05. Aaron Civale will get the start for the Scrappers.


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