West Virginia sweeps Stars at L.P. Frans

West Virginia finished strong in its first game against the Catawba Valley Stars on Friday and started off just as strong in game two.

The Wild (14-10) scored six runs in the final inning of the first game to earn a 6-3 comeback victory against the Stars (11-7).

West Virginia added to that win by scoring five runs in the top of the first inning of game two on its way to a 7-0 victory and a sweep of the Friday doubleheader.

Wild 6, Stars 3

Ricardo Velez scored the first run for the Stars in the bottom of the third inning. Velez singled to left field, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by Wild pitcher John Flack.

Later in the inning, a single from Miko Bernstine scored Adrian Rivera from second base.

With two outs in the eight inning, Velez hit a home run deep over the left field wall to extend the Stars lead to 3-0.

The Wild made a last-ditch effort to win the game with a strong third inning.

Despite giving up two hits in six prior innings, Stars starting pitcher Davis Henderson surrendered five hits and six runs in the seventh.

West Virginia’s Sean Williams and Dillon Sauers both drove in RBIs in the inning to bring the Wild within one run, 3-2.

However, a bases loaded grand slam to right field from the bat of Wild designated hitter J.C. Shepherd was the difference maker. That plated four runs and gave the Wild their first lead of the game.

West Virginia pitcher John Flack finished out a strong seven-inning game for the Wild, allowing one hit in the final frame of play.

Leading the Stars was Velez, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Bernstine was 2-for-4 and also drove in one RBI.

Wild 7, Stars 0

The Wild carried momentum from a game one victory against the Stars into the early stages of their second game at L.P. Frans.

West Virginia scored five runs off of three hits in the first inning, including a bases clearing double from Greg Juanarena.

Stars starting pitcher Taylor Moon, who attends Catawba Valley Community College, lasted just 0.1 inning on the mound.

It took until the top of the fifth inning for another run to score in the game two, but the Wild managed to plate a sixth run and add to their lead.

West Virginia’s Michael Cobb singled, which plated Shepherd.

The final run of the game was scored in the top of the seventh on a single from the Wild’s Casey Brighton. His single scored first basemen Brian Milliman.

Paul Handy pitched seven complete innings for the Wild, allowing no runs, six hits, walked four and struck out five batters.

Leading the Wild in victory was Juanarena, who went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

Cobb was 1-for-2 with a run and two RBIs. Ben Lott led the Stars with two hits.

The Stars return to L.P. Frans on Saturday for a doubleheader against the Tennessee Smokey Mountain Big Train. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.