The State College Spikes walked away with a win over the Jamestown Jammers in the New York-Penn League on Sunday at Diethrick Park.
The teams were tied at 4-4 after 10 innings, but in the 11th inning State College scored two runs on bases-loaded walks to record a 6-4 victory.
With the loss, Jamestown (42-31) trails Tri-City, which also leads the Stedler Division, by half a game for the wild-card berth. The Jammers lead Lowell by half a game in the wild-card standings.
A State College base runner heads back to the bag while Jamestown Jammers first baseman Edwin Epinal awaits a pickoff throw during Sunday’s New York-Penn League game at Diethrick Park. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Jim Riggs
Jamestown scored first in the second inning.
Michael Fransoso doubled with one out, moved to third on a groundout by Erich Weiss and Candon Myles followed with an RBI single.
The Jammers added another run in the fourth with two outs and no one on base when Weiss doubled and scored on a triple by Candon Myles for a 2-0 lead.
The lead lasted until State College scored three runs in the sixth inning against Jamestown reliever Jerry Mulderig.
Luke Voit led off with a walk and moved to second on a passed ball with two outs. Carson Kelly reached on a fielding error by left fielder Myles and Voit scored while Kelly took second. Kelly went to third on a flyout by Mason Katz and scored on a double by Jimmy Bosco.
The Jammers brought in reliever Justin Topa to replace Mulderig and Alex De Leon doubled to drive in Bosco and the Spikes led, 3-2.
State College increased its lead to 4-2 in the seventh.
Cesar Valera singled with one out, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by Jammers' catcher Jin-De Jhang. After Voit walked, David Washington singled to drive in Valera.
However, in the bottom of the eighth the Jammers scored a pair of runs to tie the game against State College reliever Jeff Rauh.
Reese McGuire opened the inning with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a single by Austin Meadows. Edwin Espinal doubled to drive in McGuire and Meadows took third. Jhang followed with a sacrifice fly to knot the score at 4-4.
The game moved into extra innings and the Spikes scored the winning runs in the 11th against Jamestown reliever Axel Diaz.
With one out, Cesar Valera walked and was replaced on the bases when Voit grounded into a force out and Luis Perez came in to pinch run. Perez moved to second when David Washington was hit by a pitch and the runners moved up on a wild pitch. After Carson Kelly walked to load the bases, Mason Katz and Jimmy Bosco also walked to force in two runs for a 6-4 lead.
In the bottom of the 11th, State College reliever Jacob Booden put the Jammers down in order.
The teams play again tonight and Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Diethrick Park to finish up the regular season.