Posted: Saturday, June 20, 2015 3:00 am
All managers preach it time and time again — walks will kill you.
West Virginia proved that point well Friday night by taking advantage of numerous opportunities from walks and hit-batsmen with timely hits to defeat Butler 10-6, sweeping the two-game series Friday at Linda K. Epling Stadium for their third win in a row.
The win was big for the Miners, who move to within a half-game of first place in the Prospect League East Division.
“I was very pleased with the game. I was pleased with our timely hitting. We played really good,” stated Miners manager Tim Epling
The Miners applied the pressure early after Miners starter Kiefer Musiel quickly retired the BlueSox.
Dylan Harvey led off the Miners half of the first with a walk. The quick Harvey was looking to steal when BlueSox starter Connor Coward fired the ball to first on a pickoff play. As Harvey scampered to second, it looked like an easy out before the throw from first base went wide and Harvey rolled safely into second.
The rattled Coward then hit Dom Iero with a pitch and walked Justin Paul to load the bases, bringing clean-up hitter Zach Steery to the plate to a hitter’s dream.
Steery was up to the challenge as he drilled a double to score two runs for the Miners. The Miners then played small ball with Jonathan Weeks laying down a perfect squeeze bunt to build a 3-0 lead after one inning.
The Miners second inning mirrored the first as Coward continued to struggle with a lead-off walk and another hit-batsman. After a double steal, the Miners were in business and looked to blow the game open. However, Coward buckled down and pitched out of the jam, holding the Miners scoreless in the inning.