Muckdogs bow to W. Virginia in extra innings

Contributed Story Posted 30 August 2019 at 8:56 am

MORGANTOWN, West Va. – The Batavia Muckdogs were involved in a  second straight exciting extra innings game in just a 13-hour span, but came out on the losing end of a 5-4 contest to West Virginia Thursday.

Batavia (39-33) has a half-game lead over West Virginia (38-33) after the loss to the Black Bears.

Batavia’s Albert Guaimaro continued his four-game tear, as he went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored. Guaimaro is 9-for-15 in the last four games with three home runs, a triple, 6 RBI’s and eight runs.

Catcher Dustin Skelton went 3-for-4 with a two-RBI double for Batavia.

In his last 10 games, Skelton is hitting .360. He is an 18th round Miami Marlins draft pick out of Mississippi State.

Andrew Turner had two hits as Jack Strunc and Troy Johnston (RBI) also had hits.

Lefty Easton Lucas had another strong start and has given up one hit his last two starts. He went three innings, struck out six and walked two without giving up a run. Jonakier Villalobos went two scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

Batavia returns home for a game Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and home Sunday at 5:05 p.m. before ending the season at Auburn on Monday. West Virginia has five games with Mahoning Valley.

Saturday is Fan Appreciation Night and fireworks.