Paints rock Miners with Big Fourth

From staff reports

Hunter Prince and Grant Miller hit run-scoring doubles in the fourwth inning to lift Chillicothe to a 6-1 victory over the West Virginia Miners Friday night.

Pitchers Jason Byers and Steve Huber combined on a three-hitter, holding first-half East Division champion West Virginia to a solo run in the eighth inning.

Just seven days earlier West Virginia had rocked Huber for three runs in a 4-3 comeback victory. They were the first runs surrendered by Huber in the season at that point.

Byers (5-1, 1.86 ERA) started that game and did not allow a run through seven innings. This time around he allowed one earned run and two hits, walking two and striking out three before giving way to Huber in the eighth.

Huber allowed one hit, walked one and struck out one to nail down the win.

Starter Tyler Whitlach faced just 18 batters in his debut for West Virginia. He gave up the double by Prince, plus a triple by Derek Hug, singles by Ryan Callahan and Matt Eppers and a walk to Jordan Godman before giving way to reliever Calvin Coker with one out in the bottom of the fourth.

Whitlach (0-1) surrendered five runs, all earned. Coker and late reliever Jarron Monroe combined for six strikeouts.

The Miners got on the scoreboard in the eighth when Jesus Villalobos singled to left, advanced to third on walks to Ray Lopez and James Keller and raced home on a sacrifice fly by Stone Osborne.

Callahan and Prince had two hits apiece for Chillicothe. Villalobos also had two hits in his second game with the Miners.

West Virginia will return home to face Butler at 7:05 p.m. today at Linda K. Epling Stadium.

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