Beckley, W.Va. – After defeating the Butler BlueSox 4-1 on Thursday night, the West Virginia Miners (1-0) travel home to host the Lafayette Aviators for a three-game set starting on Friday, May 27, at 7:05 pm at Linda K. Epling Stadium. The Miners were able to get strong efforts at the plate from shortstop Jordan Branz (4-4 with an RBI) and outfielder Keanan Locke, who provided the eventual game-winning two-RBI single. Reliever Cody Ballay recorded the win in three innings of work, and Beckley-native closer Chris Metrick notched his first save of the season. Pitcher Jake Belinda started the game throwing five innings of one run ball, but received the no decision.
Fans in attendance at the home opener will be treated to a fireworks show after the completion of the game. Also, the first 1,000 fans receive a 2016 West Virginia Miners magnet schedule courtesy of Chick Fil-A of Beckley. The Miners have 19 players present for this weekend’s contest. The Aviators, on the other hand, will have 14 available. The remaining players on both teams are still tied up with their schools with class or baseball. Lafayette comes into this weekend’s contests playing their first ever games in the Prospect League. The Aviators, located in Lafayette, IN, joined the Prospect League in October 2015 when MKE Sports & Entertainment announced the news of the Prospect League coming to their city.
Michael Syrett, a right-handed pitcher from Huntington College, is slated to start the home-opening tilt against the Aviators. You can listen to the West Virginia Miners locally on 560 AM radio or online at wjlsam.com throughout the season.