WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The lack of clutch hitting hurt the Jamestown Jammers in their quest for the Pinckney Division title of the New York-Penn League on Friday night.
The Jammers scored two runs and had the bases loaded with only one out in the ninth inning, but Wyatt Mattieson and Elvis Espinal failed to deliver and they lost to Williamsport, 5-4, to fall two games off the pace of red-hot State College at Bowman Field before 2,100.
Jamestown, which has lost two in a row, has a 37-25 record while State College, winners of eight straight, is 39-23. The Jammers lead Lowell (35-26), which lost 6-0 to Hudson Valley, by 1 games for the wild card berth.
Trailing 5-2 entering the ninth, the Jammers put together an uprising that left them just short at the end.
After Jonathan Musser fanned Danny Collins for the first out, the Jammers went to work.
Pinch-hitter Candon Myles walked as did Elvis Escobar and Musser was then relieved by Tyler Buckley. Adam Frazier singled off the glove of third baseman Zach Green to fill the bases.
Harold Ramirez recorded his 36th RBI by singling in the first run and the bases remained loaded. Buckley threw a wild pitch and suddenly the deficit was sliced to 5-4. The Jin-De Jhang was intentionally walked to fill the bases up again.
Buckley struck out designated-hitter Matieson on a swinging strikeout and got Espinal on a called third strike to end the game.
Jamestown scored in the first inning when Escobar singled, Frazier walked and a balk by starter Yacksel Rios moved both runners up to second and third. Jhang brought Escobar in with an infield out for his 29th RBI of the year.
Williamsport (29-32), which broke a three-game losing streak, scored all its runs with a five-run third inning against Dovydas Neverauskas (4-4).
Herlis Rodriguez singled to begin the inning and eventually scored on Justin Parr's infield out to tie things up at 1-1.
Andrew Pullin hit his third home run of the season to make it 2-1. Then walks to Andrew Knapp and Green set up Dylan Cozens three-run home run to center field for his seventh of the season.
The Jammers got to within 5-2 in the fifth as Erich Weiss walked and singles by Danny Collins and Escobar loaded the bases. All they could get out of that was a sacrifice fly by Frazier, who was on base four times but didn't score a run.
Jamestown had nine hits with two each by Frazier, Escobar and Collins but no extra-base hits and left 11 stranded.
Musser got his first win and Buckley his third save for the Crosscutters. who now come to Diethrick Park for games at 7:05 p.m. Saturday and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.