Baseball was back at Mon County Ballpark on Friday night for the Black Bears season opener but despite a valiant comeback effort, West Virginia fell to Mahoning Valley, 5-4.
The Black Bears trailed by three entering the ninth inning but rallied for two runs in the frame and brought the winning run to plate. However, Tim Herrin retired Nick Patten to end the game.
The Black Bears return to action tomorrow against the Scrappers at 7:05 p.m. at Mon County Ballpark.
The 11th ranked prospect in the Pirates organization, right-handed pitcher Braxton Ashcraft made his debut on Friday night. The 19-year old allowed 3 runs in the first inning, but settled down throwing the next four innings scoreless and finished with three strikeouts.