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Miners shut out Bums twice in twinbill sweep

  • Kurt Heyer throws a pitch in the seventh inning of the second game Wednesday night.

    Kurt Heyer throws a pitch in the seventh inning of the second game Wednesday night.
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  • Kurt Wertz Jr.

    Kurt Wertz Jr.
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  • Romeo Cortina

    Romeo Cortina
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  • Joe Duncan

    Joe Duncan
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  • Kyle Davis

    Kyle Davis
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By Justin Walker
updated: 8/2/2018 4:13 AM

MARION -- Geno Encina and Kurt Heyer both pitched complete-game shutouts as the Southern Illinois Miners swept a doubleheader from the Traverse City Beach Bums, winning both seven-inning games by 2-0 scores Wednesday night at Rent One Park.

The wins put the Miners above .500 at 33-32 and just one game behind River City in the Frontier League's West Division standings, with Florence in betweeen at 35-33. Normal was also 33-32 after Wednesday's action.

The opener saw the Miners take a quick lead and hold on from there.

Joe Duncan reached on an error and stole second, then moved to third on a single by Nolan Earley and scored on a hit by Chance Shepard.

In the third, the lead doubled when Shepard hit a triple and scored on a two-out hit by Harrison Bragg.

Encina (3-6) gave up just three hits with three strikeouts and four walks over the seven frames.

In the nightcap, Romeo Cortina's two-run homer in the third inning accounted for all the runs.

Cortina went deep just inside the left-field foul pole after Max Dutto singled.

Heyer (6-5) gave up four hits with eight strikeouts and no walks.

The game ended in scary fashion as Heyer took a line drive off his right arm. The ball ended up in the glove of third baseman Kyle Davis and he made the final out as Heyer laid crumpled on the field.

Heyer got up and celebrated the win with his teammates in somber fashion.

The back-to-back shutouts marked the first time the Miners had accomplished that feat since early in the 2015 season.

The Miners went for a sweep of the Bums on Thursday, then traveled to Windy City for the weekend while the PONY Colt World Series takes over Rent One Park. They return and play games during the middle of the tournament against Evansville next Tuesday and Thursday.