GRANVILLE, W.VA (WDTV) - (Black Bears game release):
GRANVILLE, WV – The West Virginia Black Bears defeated the Brooklyn Cyclones 7-3 Tuesday night. This home stand against Brooklyn will be the only series against the Cyclones for the Black Bears this season.
Chris Sharpe lead the bottom of the first inning off with a single and was brought home by Dylan Busby to make the score 1-0. The Black Bears found their way on the scoreboard again in the bottom of the fourth when Raul Hernandez hit a sac-fly to left field scoring Raul Siri.
With a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning, the Black Bears extended their lead to 5-1 when Lucas Tancas blasted a three-run home run to left field. The offense continued to tack runs on the scoreboard in the seventh inning. Dylan Busby drove in Jared Oliva with an RBI single and Tristan Gray drove in Busby with a sacrifice fly to set the final score at 7-3.
Sergio Cubilete improved his record to (3-3) in Tuesday’s victory. The Black Bears (29-19) will take on the Cyclones again tomorrow night at 7:05 PM.
GRANVILLE, WV – 2B Tristan Gray, OF Bligh Madris, C Deon Stafford Jr., P Ike Schlabach, and P Adam Oller have been selected to represent the West Virginia Black Bears as members of the South roster in the 2017 New York-Penn League All-Star Game.
The 13th annual Late Summer Classic will be hosted by the Tri-City Valley Cats in Troy, New York on August 15, 2017.
Tristan Gray 2B
Tristan Gray has been one of the Black Bears most consistent hitters in their 2017 campaign. Gray has proven to be a versatile hitter, finding success at the plate no matter which spot in the lineup he dons. The second baseman is hitting .286 with four home runs and 21 RBIs this season. Gray was red-hot in the month of June, hitting an astonishing .353. The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Gray in the Thirteenth Round of the 2017 MLB Draft out of Rice University. Gray played three years for Rice, hitting .313 in his final season and helped lead the Owls to the Conference USA Championship.
Bligh Madris OF
Clutch is the word that comes to mind when you think of Bligh Madris. It seems that Madris always finds a way on base in the late innings when West Virginia needs a hit or run when the game is on the line. Madris delivered in crunch time with a walk-off single in the 12th inning on July 21. The Black Bears star outfielder is hitting .293 with 18 RBIs and three home runs. The outfielder leads the team in Hits (36) and Total Bases (58). A former outfielder for Colorado Mesa, Madris had a successful collegiate career leading the Mavericks to the semi-finals of the Division II College World Series.
Deon Stafford C
The Pittsburgh Pirates picked a statistical monster with their Fifth-Round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft in Deon Stafford Jr. Following an All-American freshman season at Saint Joseph’s University, Stafford Jr. hit .395 and set program records for most home runs (18) and hits (85) in a season. After playing three seasons for the Hawks, Deon finished with 28 career home runs and 189 career hits. Stafford Jr. has excelled at the plate for the Black Bears this year, leading the team in batting average (.303), RBIs (23) and doubles (8).
Ike Schlabach P
Every successful pitching staff needs an ace and Ike Schlabach has been just that for the Black Bears this season. Schlabach has been one of the most dominant pitchers on the Black Bears excellent pitching staff. The pitcher out of Timber Creek High School was selected in the 19th Round of the 2015 Draft and has had a good career in the Pirates organization thus far. His season has consisted of mowing down batters with 31 strike outs and has tallied four wins. Ike has the fifth lowest ERA in the NYPL (2.31) and has the third lowest WHIP (1.01).
Adam Oller P
Every bullpen needs a lights-out reliever on their staff. That pitcher just happens to be Adam Oller for the West Virginia Black Bears. In 12 appearances, Oller has a low ERA of 1.00. He has a record of (2-2) and has fanned 28 batters in 27 innings pitched. The trusty reliever is called in when the Black Bears need someone to get big outs for them. The former Northwestern State Demon was selected in the 20th Round of the 2016 Draft and will be a great choice to bring in for relief in the NYPL All Star Game.