If the Jamestown Jammers (42-32) are going to be the wild-card team in the New York-Pennsylvania League, they are going to have to finally defeat State College Spikes at 7:05 tonight at College Stadium or have Lowell (40-32) lose again at Aberdeen (39-32).
The Jammers reduced their magic number in the wild-card race, but lost again to State College (48-26), 3-1, in a Pinckney Division game at Diethrick Park.
But the Jammers got a big break when Aberdeen overcame a 7-4 deficit to defeat Lowell, 8-7, to win the McNamara Division title.
Another way that the Jammers can get in is to have them and Lowell both lose. If Lowell wins and the Jammers lose the Spinners will qualify by percentage points. Tri-City (44-32) has already wrapped up the Stedler Division title after battling Jamestown and Lowell for the wild-card.
Chad Dickson of the Jammers and Andrew Pierce of the Spikes pitched shutout ball for four innings with each allowing a hit.
Then Dickson set down the Spikes in order in his fifth and final inning.
Chase Brookshire (1-0) relieved Pierce in the fifth and the Jammers put together their only run. Austin Meadows and Edwin Espinal singled with Meadows taking third.
After Brookshire got Reese McGuire to fly out for the first out, Adam Landecker brought the run in with a fielder's choice. Landecker was caught stealing to end the inning.
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Jackson Lodge (4-5) replaced Dickman and after retiring the first two batters in the sixth inning, Cesar Valera ripped a solo home run to left field to tie it at 1-1.
After working a scoreless seventh, Lodge ran into trouble in the decisive State College eighth inning. Matthew Young singled and Vaughn Bryan cracked his first double of the season and Lodge was replaced by Jared Lakind.
Lakind got Steve Ramos on strikes and Valera on an bouncer to third baseman Landecker who threw Young out at the plate. Bryan took third and Valera stole second for the Spikes.
Luke Voit then got the most important hit of the game when he hit a two-run single to center field to knock in the decisive runs for the Spikes.
Kyle Webb relieved Brookshire for the Spikes in the eighth and left fielder Young dropped a fly ball by Edwin Espinal for a two-base error. McGuire grounded out and Landecker lined to second baseman Michael Schulze, who tagged Espinal for an unassisted double play.
Mike Fransoso started off the Jamestown ninth with a single of Webb. However, Myles hit into a double play, and an error by first sacker Alex DeLeon allowed Elvis Escobar to reach.
Webb then fanned Harold Ramirez to post his second save and hand the Jammers their seventh loss in the last eight games.
Jamestown has been beaten by State College the last eight times and the Spikes hold a commanding 8-1 margin in the series.
The Jammers' fortunes today are in the hands of Chad Kuhl, who is 2-4 with a 1.97 earned run average. He will be opposed by State College's Willy Paulino, who is 2-2 with 2.77 earned run average.