Harold Ramirez's two-out single in the bottom of the 12th inning scored Jeff Roy with the winning run, lifting the Jamestown Jammers to a 6-5 New York-Penn League victory over Auburn on Sunday afternoon at Diethrick Park.
The win means the Jammers took two of three from the Doubledays in the weekend series, improved their record to 7-5, and are tied with Williamsport for first place in the Pinckney Division.
Kurt Yacko recorded his first win of the season, working two innings, yielding one hit and becoming the beneficiary of Jamestown's two-out rally in the bottom of the 12th. Until Ramirez's clutch hit, the Jammers had been scoreless in nine straight innings and finished the game stranding 16 runners.
But give the hosts credit for perseverance.
Roy started the rally by coaxing a one-out walk from Auburn losing pitcher Silvio Medina. Michael Fransoso struck out for the second out, but Roy stole second base, setting the stage for Ramirez. The left-fielder, who had plated a run on a sacrifice fly in the first inning, lined a single to center field to score Roy with the winning run to end the 3-hour, 56-minute game.
The Jammers knocked out 13 hits - all singles - and everybody in the lineup had at least one. Roy, Fransoso, Elvis Escobar and Edwin Espinal finished with two apiece.
James Yezzo had four hits, Jean Carlos Valdez added three, and Bryan Lippincott and Wilman Rodriguez each had two for Auburn (5-8).
The Doubledays scored two runs in the first inning off Jamestown starter Cody Dickson, courtesy of RBI singles from Valdez and Yezzo, but the Jammers tied the game in the bottom half on sacrifice flies by Ramirez and Jin-De Jhang.
Jamestown tallied three more runs in the second inning, sending Doubledays starter Deion Williams out of the game after only 1 innings. Highlighting the rally were RBI singles by Jimmy Rider and Fransoso, and a run-scoring groundout by Roy.
Auburn chased Dickson in the third, scoring a pair of runs to trim the Jammers' lead to 5-4. Highlighting that rally were Yezzo's RBI single, which sent Dickson out of the game, and a bases-loaded walk issued by reliever Cesar Lopez.
Jamestown maintained its one-run lead until the top of the eighth when the Doubledays tied it off Justin Topa, the Jammers' fourth pitcher. Valdez led off with a single and, one out later, Rodriguez doubled to left to score Valdez. Jhang, the Jamestown catcher, prevented any further damage, however, when he picked Rodriguez off second base and Topa recorded the final out with a strikeout.
Both teams had chances to end the game before the 12th, but neither one could capitalize until Ramirez's clutch single.
The Jammers return to action today when they entertain Mahoning Valley at 7:05 p.m.