BlueSox score playoff sweep
Eagle Staff Writer
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August 9, 2017
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Pavin Parks (13) of the Butler BlueSox puts a tag on West Virginia Mine runner Colby Johnson during a run down between second and third Monday night at Kelly Automotober Park. The BlueSox won the game, 6-5, to sweep their best-of-three Prospect League semifinal series.The league championship series begins Thursday.

Wyatt Daugherty usually shows very little emotion on the mound or off of it.

The Butler High graduate and Butler BlueSox relief pitcher is as steel- faced as they come.

But after coming into the game with runners on the corners with Butler clinging to a 6-5 lead in the ninth and striking out both hitters he faced, Daugherty pumped his fist and yelled.

The large crowd at Kelly Automotive Park Monday night was in full throat as the BlueSox swept the Miners in the best-of-three conference championship series to advance to the Prospect League championship series.

It’s the first playoff series win in club history for Butler. It certainly played the cleanest game.

West Virginia was dogged by four errors. The final two runs Butler scored — which ended up being vital — came on errors without the benefit of a hit.

After a rocky start, Butler left-hander Josh LaPiana was dominant.

LaPiana struck out 11 — including four in one inning — and walked just one in seven-plus innings. He gave up just three hits after the second inning when the Miners took a 2-1 lead.

But Butler scored three in the bottom of the second.