Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 22, 2007

Nearly none

Rays join to one-hit Orioles

PRINCETON — Matt Moore and Austin Hinkle combined on a one hitter in the final game of a doubleheader, as the Princeton Devil Rays swept the Bluefield Orioles Wednesday night at Hunnicutt Field 4-2 and 5-0.

The Baby Birds did not get a hit in the second game until the seventh and final inning when Kieron Pope singled to left. Moore worked three scoreless and hitless innings, struck out five, and walked three.

Hinkle worked the final four innings to get the win. He struck out three and walked none.

The Rays took the lead in the first inning when Michael Ross walked, stole second, went to third on a ground ball, and scored on a wild pitch by Bryan Lee. That would be all the runs Princeton needed for the night.

The Rays added three in the second, two charged to Lee and one to Tony Kirbis who came in mid-inning after Lee sustained an injury. Princeton’s final run came in the third inning.

In the opening game, the Rays scored twice in the sixth to claim a 4-2 win. Bluefield’s Jacob Julius started the scoring with a solo home run to right off Jeremy Hall in the third inning. Princeton tied the game in the fourth when Ben Humphrey went yard off Stephen Procner. The Rays forged ahead with another run in the inning.

Back-to-back sixth-inning doubles by Richard D’Oleo and Pedro Silveren drew the Birds even. Princeton took the lead for good in the bottom half of the sixth on Ross’s two-run triple.

Hall got the win, Chris Fessler worked the seventh to get the save, and Procner was dealt the loss.

Mercer County’s two teams meet for the final time this season tonight at 7 p.m. at Hunnicutt Field.

Game 1

At Hunnicutt Field

Bluefield....................................001 001 0 — 2 6 0

Princeton...................................000 202 X — 4 12 0

WP — J. Hall; LP — S. Procner. S — C. Fessler. HR — Blu: J. Julius (5); Pri: B. Humphrey (3).



Game 2

At Hunnicutt Field

Bluefield.......................................000 000 0 — 0 1 2

Princeton.....................................131 000 X — 5 7 2

WP — A. Hinkle; LP — B. Lee. HR — None.

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