The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest Sports

July 22, 2013

Another shutout as Miners blast Ironmen

BECKLEY — You know things are going well for a pitcher when he lowers his earned run average — which was already well below one — in his shortest outing of the season.

Jaesung Hwang, on a strict pitch count, didn’t make it out of the fifth inning. But he continued a season-long trend, not allowing an earned run in the West Virginia Miners’ 10-0 win Sunday that completed a two-game sweep of the Lorain County Ironmen.

Hwang was on a 75-pitch limit, and his walk of Nate Langhals with two out in the fifth came on his 74th. He exited without qualifying for the win, but his ERA tumbled to 0.36.

“He’s on a pitch limit, so we’ll talk about some things,” Miners manager Tim Epling said. “He threw (nearly) five good innings. He doesn’t know this, but we may have to move him to middle relief (because of the pitch count). If he’s throwing 75 pitches a game, get him in the fifth, sixth inning and keep riding it out. He can do both.”

Hwang, a rising junior at Lipscomb University, allowed three hits over 4 2-3 innings. He struck out six and walked two.

Josh James (1-0) relieved Hwang and got the win in his Miners debut. The Western Oklahoma State College right-hander struck out two and walked one without allowing a hit in 1 1-3 innings.

The Miners’ streak of innings without allowing a run ran to 26. They have posted three consecutive shutouts, and lead the league with nine.

“Those zeroes look awful nice, I’ll tell you that,” Epling said. “I’m enjoying the ride.”

The streak appeared in serious jeopardy in the top of the seventh when West Virginia reliever Will Thomas walked the first three batters he faced. But he got Scott Splett to pop out to first, struck out Isaac Smith looking and got Billy Salem to fly out to center field and preserve the streak.

Smith had words for home plate umpire Dan Bishop and was ejected after striking out, and could face disciplinary action from the league — he flipped his bat, which ended up at Bishop’s feet.

Thomas retired nine of the last 10 batters he faced to close out the game.

The Miners (32-16), who have won five straight, are five games ahead of Butler in the Prospect League East Division standings. The BlueSox (27-21) defeated Richmond 4-0 Sunday.

West Virginia’s magic number to clinch the division is eight.

Chillicothe (25-21) is in third place, six games behind West Virginia, after a 7-3 loss at Slippery Rock. The Paints have lost four straight.

West Virginia’s offense more than complemented the pitching this time around. The Miners pounded out 13 hits, four of them for extra bases.

“If you take a look, we’re hitting doubles,” Epling said. “We weren’t trying to pull the ball. We were trying to hit it backside and find the gap. We weren’t trying to do too much, just hit the ball solid. I’m glad to see that.”

Pat Kregeloh’s two-run double put the Miners ahead 2-0 in the first. Kenny May scored on Kaeo Aliviado’s double to the right field corner to make it 3-0 in the third.

Lorain County starter Jake Post was chased after not being able to get an out in the fifth.

Evan Potter singled to right to lead it off and scored on a double by Douglas Votolato. May then doubled to score Votolato and end the night for Post.

Ironmen reliever Andrew Fanning got two straight outs, but walked Kregeloh and allowed a run-scoring single to Nick Paxton to make the score 6-0.

Post (1-3) struck out five and walked one, but allowed seven hits and was charged with six earned runs.

Aliviado’s bases-clearing double highlighted a four-run sixth for the Miners.

May reached base in all five of his plate appearances. He was 2-for-3 with two walks and reached on a fielder’s choice in the eighth.

The Miners are off today before starting a four-game road trip Tuesday at Richmond. The first of the two-game set will start at 7:05 p.m., with Ryan Perez (2-0, 2.84 ERA) the probable starter.

— E-mail: gfauber@

Text Only
Latest Sports
  • Herd lands ‘Other D’Antoni’

    Danny D’Antoni hasn’t been a West Virginia resident in nearly 40 years. That will soon change, and his family could not be happier.
    D’Antoni will be introduced as Marshall’s new head men’s basketball coach at a press conference at 2 p.m. today. Athletic director Mike Hamrick announced the hiring via Twitter Thursday afternoon.

    April 24, 2014

  • 042514 thompson Shady’s Thompson clearing hurdles with ease

    A fall while running hurdles can be a dangerous thing.
    Unless you’re Shady Spring’s Lyndsey Thompson.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • It’s time for spring cleaning inside my crowded cranium

    My head has been filled with more thoughts than a Hallmark store and more nuggets than a McDonald’s freezer in recent days, so I decided it was time to clear them out and get at least some of them in print.
    Here goes.

    April 24, 2014

  • Treadway Memorial wooden bat tournament begins today

    It’s time to break out the sticks in Coal City.
    The Jeff Treadway Memorial Wooden Bat Tournament will be held tonight and Saturday when the host team Independence, welcomes visitors Bluefield, Greenbrier West and James Monroe to Joe Goddard Field.

    April 24, 2014

  • Dan D’Antoni will be next Marshall men's basketball coach

    Dan D’Antoni will be named the new head men’s basketball coach at Marshall, a source with direct knowledge of the hiring confirmed to The Register-Herald on Thursday.

    April 24, 2014

  • Hamrick deserves praise for pursuit of D’Antoni

    Sometimes gambles don’t pay off, but some risks simply have to be taken.

    April 23, 2014

  • Gettin’ ready for gobbler season: Step 5 — safety

    My brothers in camo, I could not do this series on preparing for gobbler season without talking to you about the aspects of turkey hunting safety. If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I have trouble calling myself an expert on anything. Unfortunately, however, I do have a lot of experience in this area.

    April 23, 2014

  • 042414 woodrow 2 Woodrow hangs on to knock off No. 5 Patriots

    What was supposed to be a pitchers duel turned into anything but Wednesday at Woodrow Wilson High School, but there was not shortage of drama in the Class AAA baseball showdown between No. 8 Woodrow Wilson and No. 5 George Washington.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • WVU post-spring depth chart filled with few surprises

    Although the contents brought about as much of a surprise as a over the hill balloon at a 40th birthday party, there were a few interesting nuggets in the post-spring depth chart that West Virginia University sent out Wednesday morning.

    April 23, 2014

  • Herd staffer completes Boston Marathon

    As Travis Epling watched the events of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings as they were unfolding, he couldn’t help feeling a connection.

    April 23, 2014