McIntosh Near Perfect in Black Bears Debut
By ETHAN BOCK
For The Intelligencer
GRANVILLE — West Virginia University senior catcher Paul McIntosh made his MLB Draft League and West Virginia Black Bears debut Tuesday against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
To say it was a good one would be an understatement.
McIntosh finished Tuesday’s game hitting 4 for 5 and driving in three runs. The Miami Gardens, Florida, native recorded a pair of doubles and a pair of singles.
“I was just seeing the ball really well and putting the barrel on it,” McIntosh said.
McIntosh’s big night began right away in the first inning. The right-handed catcher stepped into the batter’s box with the bases loaded with one out. The first pitch McIntosh saw, he was a little excited and missed. McIntosh’s bat flew into the summer night air and the upcoming senior picked it up and made up for it on the very next pitch.
McIntosh swung and sent the ball into deep left field, taking one hop until the ball ran into the fence. Black Bear teammates Tucker Mitchell and Garrett Spain scored on the play to give West Virginia a 2-0 lead.
“I thought it might be a rough day walking all the way to pick up my bat,” McIntosh said. “[He] kind of threw something similar that looked the same, just ran together with it and I was able to hook it down the left-field line.”
McIntosh drove in another run in the fourth with a single and then drove in his final run in the eighth with a double.
The Black Bears beat up on the Scrappers, 10-3.
McIntosh is all too familiar playing at Monongalia County Ballpark, patrolling behind the plate for the Mountaineers for the past three seasons. Yet playing in a different uniform didn’t feel that strange to him.
“No, not at all, because this is a ballpark that I’m really familiar with,” McIntosh said. “I’ve played it for three years, so, I mean it’s nothing really new. It’s just [now] I’m swinging with a wood bat and facing a little different competition.”
The current Mountaineer did enjoy the same love that is shown by the WVU faithful day-by-day.
“It’s awesome seeing all of the people that support and come out to the games and they remember you,” McIntosh said. “It’s good to just play for the state and the West Virginia pride.”