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Cornett to Return to Miners in 2019

October 23, 2018 - Prospect League (Prospect) - West Virginia Miners News Release

Catcher Dalton Cornett will return to the West Virginia Miners for a second straight Prospect League season in 2019 according an announcement from the team on October 23.

Cornett's return to the Miners in 2019 will be following his spring sophomore collegiate season at Alice Lloyd College, an NAIA school that is a member of the River States Conference.

He joined the Miners last year midway through the 2018 Prospect League season and appeared in 25 games for the team. The left-handed hitter made good use of his time here as he hit .318 (28-for-88) with two doubles, a triple, and scoring 12 runs while also driving home an additional 12 runs.

The freshman collegiate season for the 6'0" 175-pounder concluded with a bang as he was named on May 15, 2018 as the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) National "Player of the Week." For that time period he turned in a phenomenal body of work that saw him hit .727 (8-for-11) with 5 homers on the week. Four of those homers were hit in a single game, a school record for the Eagles. Also the award-winning seven day period included him scoring 6 runs while driving in 7 more tallies. The final result for that week's worth of offense saw him finish with an astronomical slugging percentage of 2.182! He collected a postseason honor of being designated as a NCCAA first team All-Mideast Region member for 2018.

He is coached at Alice Lloyd by his father, head coach Scott Cornett, who will be leading the baseball program at the school for his 30th season in 2019 and prior to that logged two years as a professional player (also a catcher) in the Chicago White Sox organization.

Dalton Cornett set the table for his successful college freshman season by wrapping up his high school career with a bang in the spring of 2017. Playing for Knott County Central High School in his hometown of Pippa Passes, KY, he hit .536 on the season while also leading his team in hits (45), triples (5), homers (6), RBI (36), walks (22), and stolen bases (25).

The Prospect League is the premier collegiate wood bat summer baseball league in the Midwest. It has been operating in its current form since 2009 while serving the summer baseball needs of top collegiate players. The West Virginia Miners, who play at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley, WV, have been a member of the league since the beginning of the 2010 season. The team has reached the postseason playoffs in seven of their nine seasons in the Prospect League to date. These seven postseason appearances have included five trips to the league championship final series with three of the trips resulting with the Miners being crowned as Prospect League Champions (2012, 2013, 2016).

Season-long box seats and other ticket packages for the West Virginia Miners are already on sale for the 2019 Prospect League season. Persons needing more information on the Miners can contact the team either by e-mail at mktgwvminers@frontier.com or by telephone at 304-252-SAFE (7233).

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