Mahoning Valley Scrappers split doubleheader with Batavia
NILES, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers won the first game of a doubleheader, 5-0, before losing the second, 4-1, Wednesday.
In the first inning Sean Brady started off rocky for the Scrappers, but came back to play well.
His impressive pitching during the first game is what earned him appraisal from Manager Greg Hibbard.
"He was probably at his best we've seen this year,” Hibbard said. “He really settled in with his delivery."
Bottom of the first and Greg Allen for the Scrappers hit a ball in the gap between left field and center, getting him to first. He went on to steal second before Steven Patterson hit a ball right past center field making Allen available to score while he got a double. Taylor Murphy hit a ground ball to right field bringing in another run. By the end of the first inning the Scrappers were up, 3-0.
In the second inning, the Scrappers made three outs with no problem. Juan De La Cruz came up to the plate, swung and hit the Pepsi sign on the scoreboard for a home run in Mahoning Valley’s half. With Austin fisher on second, Patterson stepped up and hit a ground ball to right field, getting another run for the Scrappers.
"I've been out for a month, so I'm just trying to get back into the game,” Patterson said.
Allen got a walk to first base to start of game two, then turned and stole second while teammate Ordomar Valdezwas up. Leo Castillo hit a solid ball out to centerfield, bringing in the first run of the second game.
But the Scrappers streak ran short as the Muckdogs made a steady comeback and maintained it.
In the second inning Rodrigo Vigil for the Muckdogs hit a line drive g Allen and drove in the first run. Two more runs scored for the Muckdogs, which led to a 3-1 Batavia lead.
Hibbard said his pitching staff played well in both games, despite taking a loss in the second.
"We had a meeting a couple of days ago and we kinda just talked about command the fast ball down the zone and throw your breaking ball for strikes, and I mean the guys responded really well,” he said.
The doubleheader was played after Tuesday's game was postoponed due to poor weather.