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Interest grows as W.Va. Black Bear opener nears

Dominion Post photo by Michaela Michael The West Virginia Black Bears warm up on the field at the Monongalia County Ballpark on Tuesday.
Dominion Post photo by Michaela Michael
The West Virginia Black Bears warm up on the field at the Monongalia County Ballpark on Tuesday.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Matthew Drayer has become one heck of a juggler in recent days.

The West Virginia Black Bears general manager juggles office and cellphones that never quit ringing as the Friday, June 19, season opener, against Mahoning Valley, nears.

“Crazy,” Drayer said Tuesday, June 16, as he watched the Black Bears work out for the first time at Monongalia County Ballpark.

The call volume has increased dramatically since the parent Pittsburgh Pirates announced Monday, June 15, that first-round draft pick Kevin Newman would begin his professional career in Morgantown.

The former University of Arizona shortstop signed with the Pirates on Monday…

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