WAPPINGERS FALLS,-The Jamestown Jammers are off to their best start in the New York-Pennsylvania League in several years.
Jamestown made it eight wins in its last 10 outings to increase its record to 16-8 with a 5-2 win over the Hudson Valley Renegades (13-12) on Thursday night at Dutchess Stadium.
The Jammers were on the brink of their fourth shutout of the season when the hosts scored twice in the ninth inning to break up the whitewash job.
Jamestown broke on top, 2-0, in the second inning off Austin Pruitt (0-1). Harold Ramirez singled and moved to second on a sacrifice by Mike Fransoso, Edwin Espinal was safe on a fielding error and Ramirez scored the first run. Jeff Roy singled and then Adam Frazier and JaCoby Jones were hit-by-pitches with Jones forcing in the second run.
The winners added a run in the fourth as Espinal had a leadoff single, newcomer Erich Weiss sacrificed and Roy singled Espinal to third. Roy swiped second on a throwing error by catcher Omar Narvaez and that allowed the third run to score.
Meanwhile, Chad Kuhl, Justin Topa and Kevin Kleis blanked Hudson Valley for eight innings on seven hits.
In the top of the ninth, the Jammers pushed across two needed runs, as it turned out, against Andrew Hanse, the third Hudson Valley hurler.
Roy cracked his third single to lead off followed by another single by Adam Frazier and a walk to Jones to fill bases. Jhang contributed by hitting a sacrifice fly for his 16th RBI of the season and Harold Ramirez drove home his 17th run of the year with his fourth single for a 5-0 lead.
Kleis started pitching in the ninth and gave up a lead-off double to Julian Ridings followed by a wild pitch and then he hit Ariel Soriano. After Tyler Young was retired on a infield fly, Kleis threw his second wild pitch and then he hit Johnny Field to load the bases.
Kleis was replaced by Roberto Espinosa. Narvaez greeted Espinosa with an RBI single to reload the bases.
Espinosa bore down and fanned Jonathan Quinonez for the second out, but walked Ryan McChesney to bring Soriano home.
That brought Pat Blair to plate with the tying runs on base, but Espinosa was able to strike him out to end the game and gain his second save of the season.
Jamestown goes for the sweep tonight at 7:05 before heading to Lowell for another three-game series beginning on Saturday.