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Black Bears Bounce Back to Take Game Two

June 16, 2021 - Major League Baseball Draft League (MLBDL) - West Virginia Black Bears News Release

GRANVILLE, W.Va. - After dropping the first game of the series, the West Virginia Black Bears defeated the Trenton Thunder 9-3 in game two of the three-game home series on Wednesday night. Powered by newcomer Max Wright's night in the box, West Virginia scored nine runs on 10 hits, while allowing Trenton only six hits in tonight's victory.

Despite a scoreless beginning, things began heating up for West Virginia in the bottom of the fourth with a double to left field by RF Garrett Spain. The next at-bat, 3B Kaeber Rog followed suit with a single to left field that advanced Spain to third. Rog, who went 2-for-3 on the evening, made the run to second base to put two Black Bears in scoring position. After 1B Ryan McCoy's walk to first loaded the bases, LF Max Wright recorded his first hit and RBI as a Black Bear when his hard hit single drove in Spain and Rog. Though the next two batters struck out swinging, West Virginia finished the inning with a 2-0 lead.

Then in the fifth, the Black Bears caught fire. With the bases loaded, Rog hit a single to left field to plate Jeron Williams. Trenton gave up another hit to 1B Ryan McCoy who recorded his 10th RBI of the season when a single drove home CF Amari Bartee. Another walk by Trenton's pitcher scored Spain to bring the lead to 5-0 with no outs. Adding to his already impressive offensive outing, Wright hit a single to right field to bring home Rog and McCoy, making the score 7-0.

In the bottom of the seventh, a single from Jake Reinhardt gave Wright his first run of the game and extended the Black Bears lead to 8-0. However, a pitching change in the top of the eighth inning allowed Trenton to finally get on the board, though the Black Bears defense held them to three runs before ending the inning.

West Virginia looked unfazed as the team entered the bottom of the inning, as PH Freylin Minyety drove in the final run of the game on a double, to bring the score to 9-3. The Black Bears ended the game in the top of the ninth with two strikeouts from closing pitcher Michael Hobbs.

In his first start for the Black Bears, RHP Lane Flamm's (1-0) commanding performance kept the Thunder off the board through five innings. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native allowed only two hits with five strikeouts before exiting in the top of the sixth.

The Black Bears prepare for the rubber match of the series as they look to take game three against the Thunder tomorrow night at Monongalia County Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. For more information, please visit

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