The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 2, 2014

7 Miners elected to PL All-Star game

BECKLEY — A nine-game win steak to end the first half may not have been quite enough for the West Virginia Miners to catch Chillicothe and secure a playoff spot. It did, however, make everyone feel better about a season that appeared to be spiraling out of control.

All-star voters took notice of the Miners’ turnaround, selecting seven West Virginia players to the Prospect League All-Star game. Results were posted to the league website just before 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Voting was conducted by league managers, front office personnel and media.

None of the Miners voted in will start the game July 8 in Terre Haute, but seven is the most of any East Division team. Danville and the host Rex lead the way with 10 each.

Elected from West Virginia were pitchers Chase Boster, Dalton Curtis and Kolin Stanley; third baseman Mike Brosseau; shortstop Grant Massey; and utility players Ryan Perkins and David Martinelli.

Boster (3-2) is the league leader in earned run average (0.44), batting average against (.101) and WHIP (0.53) and is the co-leader in strikeouts with 44. He has issued just eight walks in 41 1/3 innings.

Curtis is tied for the league lead with six saves and has a 0.43 ERA in 10 2/3 innings.

He shares closer duties with Stanley, giving West Virginia a formidable 1-2 punch in the ninth. Stanley, a three-time Miner making his first all-star appearance, has not given up a run and has 13 strikeouts in nine innings.

Perkins plays second base, meaning three of West Virginia’s four infielders were chosen. The Miners have the best statistical defense in the Prospect League.

Martinelli, the starting center fielder for the Miners, leads the team with a .355 batting average. He has two of the team’s five home runs and 12 runs batted in.

Brosseau has stabilized the third base position. He is hitting .257 with 11 RBIs.

Massey has nailed down the leadoff spot in the order, walking 18 times in 111 plate appearances. He is batting .297 and has also driven in 11 runs.

Perkins combines with Massey to give the Miners one of the league’s best middle infields. He is hitting .300 with four doubles.

Chillicothe’s Travis Lakins, who pitched a perfect game against the Miners on June 20, will start for the East. Opposing him will be Danville’s C.J. Burdick, who tossed a no-hitter last month.

Chillicothe manager Greg Cypret will lead the East, while Bobby Segal of host Terre Haute will manage the West.

The winning side will get homefield advantage in the league championship series in August.

The Miners start a two-game series with the Paints tonight. First pitch will be 7:05 p.m.

Swampfox Motorsports and Beckley Honda will be on hand for The Great Outdoors Game.

— E-mail: gfauber@register-herald.com and follow on Twitter @GaryFauber.

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