The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 3, 2014

Miners fail to get key hit in 6-1 loss

BECKLEY — No matter how hard West Virginia battled back, Chillicothe outfield kept making the plays.

The Miners spotted the Paints a 6-0 lead early, then had to play catch-up in a 6-1 loss Thursday at Linda K. Epling Stadium.

West Virginia (1-2 Prospect League second half)) finished with six hits, but would have had at least five more, some in key situations, if not for the play of Chillicothe’s outfield trio of Ronnie Dawson in left field, Zack Jacobs in center and Chad Sedio in right.

Dawson was brilliant, chasing down both hard-hit liners and bloops just beyond the outfield. Jacobs and Sedio came up big as well.

They were key as the Miners stranded 10 baserunners.

“Their outfielders covered a lot of ground,” W.Va. manager Tim Epling said. “There were balls hit that against most teams, we would have gotten hits.”

Chillicothe (2-0) jumped on Miners’ starter Cody Smith (3-1) from the outset, as he walked three batters in the first inning and gave up a double to Kurt Hoekstra and a single to Dawson.

The Paints chased Smith with no outs in the second as Jacob Britt walked and John McLain drew a walk. Cody Pope replaced him and held Chillicothe to two runs on eight hits over the next seven innings. He walked one and struck out seven.

“It was just one of those days for Cody Smith. He had a rough, rough start,” Epling said. “Cody Pope came in and did a good job.”

Hoekstra finished with three hits, while Greg Rhude had two. But the Paints would not score again.

The Miners had just one hit, a single by Griffin Moore, through the first five innings. They slowly came to life, and loaded the bases in both the eighth and ninth innings.

But the key hit would not come.

“When you working from behind like that, it’s hard to catch up,” Epling said.

“If we’d got a key hit and scored a couple of runs, it might have changed the momentum. But it seemed we never got any momentum.”

Paul Trenhaile, who entered the game in the eighth inning, led the Miners with two hits. One was a run-scoring single in the eighth to plate Rob Youngblood, who had walked.

The Miners will host Lorain County at 7:05 p.m. today at Linda K. Epling Stadium. A big fireworks show will follow at the conclusion of the game.

“We’re expecting a good day tomorrow,” Epling said.

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Chillicothe 6, West Virginia 1

C:    312    000    000    —    6 11 2

WV:    000    000    010    —    1 6 0

C: Derek Moore, Matt Hopfner (4), Joe Hoscheit (6), Bryce Arledge (8), Mike Fulton (9) and Adam Gauthier. WV: Cody Smith, Cody Pope (2), Griffin Moore (9) and Read Brown. WP — Hopfner. LP — Smith. Hitting — C: Kurt Hoekstra 3-5 (2b, rbi), r, Zack Jacobs (r), Ronnie Dawson 1-4 (rbi, r), T.J. Diffenderfer (r), Chad Sedio 1-3 (2b, r), Adam Gauthier 1-5 (2 rbi), Greg Rhude 2-5, Jacob Britt (rbi, r), John McLain 1-4, WV: Grant Massey 1-3, Paul Trenhaile 2-2 (rbi), Mike Brosseau 1-4, Moore 1-3, Brown 1-4, Paul Youngblood (r).


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