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Linda K. Epling Stadium hosted the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic conference tournament today and Miner's head coach Tim Epling was happy to be asked to hold the event.

"It's the last year that the conference is going to be available to the community and the state because the teams are changing conferences next year so it's a big honor for us to host the tournament."

Teams from all over drove to Beckley for the tournament.  Seton Hill, the number one seed drove 4 hours to compete.  

"It's something you look forward to the entire year.  For all 15 teams in our conference this is what they work for, to get a bid to this tournament and have an opportunity to win the championship," said head coach Marc Marizzaldi.

Fairmont State's head coach George Yanchak has a special connection with this event since he's been a part of it in the past.  "I am very excited I got to play in it as a player way back in the older days in the 80's and 90's, so the WVIAC has been special to me and my family and being able to bring my team here has been great since it's the last year of the WVIAC."

Coach Yanchak also talked about the contributions of two former Shady Spring players, Corey Lilly and Tyler Lucas, who were suited up for the Fighting Falcons.

"Tyler has been our starting 3rd baseman all year and Corey has been pitching for us and is one of our top four starters so they've had great years for us," he said.

The tournament will continue through this weekend and is important to both coaches and players because winner will hold the WVIAC conference baseball title forever.