PHOTO GALLERY | Yenzi’s RBI double in 8th lifts Mill Rats over Miners | Sports


JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — Damian Yenzi’s RBI brace to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Johnstown Mill Rats to a 3-2 win over the West Virginia Miners on Friday night in front of a crowd of 615 at Sargent’s Stadium at the point.

The Mill Rats’ three runs came with two outs.

Yenzi led Lukas Torres as Johnstown improved to 2-2 in the second half of the Prospect League season.

Yenzi and Pete Capobianco each had two hits. Capobianco added a brace. Torres stole two bases as the Mill Rats swept five bases as a team.

West Virginia’s Coby Tweten threw a solo home run to left field in the first half of the eighth to force a 2-up. The Miners were 1-2 in the second half.

In the third, West Virginia took the lead on Noah Canterbury’s RBI center fielder.

Johnstown responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half. DJ Alexander drove to Capobianco with an RBI single in the middle. Mackenzee Higuchi’s single on the left tackled Alexander to lead 2-1.

Alex Christie of West Virginia contributed two hits, including a double. Eddie Leon also added a double bagger.

Johnstown left 12 runners on base and struck out 12 as a team.

Johnstown starting pitcher Brennan Murphy allowed a run and struck out three of four strikeouts. Will Knight allowed a run and fanned four batters over four innings for the victory. Tim Crum struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth to make the save.

Brett Whiteman of West Virginia whipped up seven batters in 4 1/3 innings. Andrew Patterson walked three batters, but didn’t allow a run in 1 1/3 innings. Carlos Marquez landed a strikeout for his lone out, and Cole Peschl struck out two batters on two scoreless frames. Losing pitcher Charlie Joyce allowed a run in the eighth.

West Virginia hosts Johnstown at 6:35 p.m. Saturday. After a day off on Sunday, the Mill Rats host the Champion City Kings on Monday and Tuesday and entertain the Miners on Wednesday and Thursday. Those four games at Sargent’s Stadium at the Point begin at 7 p.m.


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