STATE COLLEGE - The decisive game in the best-of-three semifinal playoff series in the New York-Pennsylvania League will be played at 7:05 p.m. today between the Jamestown Jammers and the State College Spikes on Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Jamestown had a chance to sweep the Spikes on Saturday night, but after taking a 2-0 first-inning lead the Spikes rallied for a 12-4 victory to tie the series at 1-1.
The winner of the series can look forward to playing the Tri-City ValleyCats in the championship round. Tri-City eliminated Aberdeen, 3-0, to sweep the series.
The Jammers came out strong in the first inning against Jimmy Reed by scoring twice. Elvis Escobar led off with a triple to center field and Adam Frazier delivered him with an RBI single. That was followed by singles by Austin Meadows and Edwin Espinal. Espinal's single brought in Frazier.
Danny Collins walked to fill the bases, but Reed got out of the jam by fanning Mike Fransoso.
Dovydas Neverauskas started for the Jammers and after a scoreless first inning ran into trouble in the second when the Spikes tied the game, 2-2. Jimmy Bosco and Luis Perez singled in runs for the Spikes.
Neverauskas never did get out of the third as the Spikes tallied twice for a 4-2 margin. Michael Schulze and Mason Katz had RBI singles and the hosts were ahead to stay.
In the Jamestown fourth, Fransoso slugged a solo home run to right field to slice the deficit to 4-3 off reliever Chase Brookmire. After that, Francisco Aponte singled and Harold Ramirez was hit by a pitch. Later, both runners had a double steal of second and third, but Frazier struck out to end the threat.
The Jammers could get only one more run with that coming in the seventh inning when Wyatt Mathisen singled in Ramirez, who had also singled.
State College got one run in the fifth inning when Carson Kelly led off with a home run to left field to bring it to 5-3.
The Spikes wrapped it up in the sixth inning with four runs to raise the count to 9-3.
Roberto Espinosa relieved for the Jammers, but, after one out, walked two batters and gave up a single to Luke Voit to fill the bases.
Andy Otamendi relieved and he was tagged for a two-run double by Kelly and a two-run single by Schulze, who had four hits for the Spikes.
State College scored a run without a hit in the seventh inning against Otamendi and Jackson Lodge. Steve Ramos walked and Cesar Valera was hit by a pitch from Otamendi and that brought on Lodge.
Lodge walked Voit, who had four walks, and David Washington to force home the 10th run with Washington gaining the RBI.
The Spikes added insurance runs with two runs in the eighth when Valera brought in the final two runs with a double. Prior to Valera's hit, Luis Perez and Ramos had singled.
State College's 12 runs were the most the Jammers have given up all season as it bettered the 11 scored by Tri-City in an 11-5 loss on Aug. 5.
Each team stranded 13 runners with the Spikes stroking 16 hits compared to the Jammers' 12. There was also 23 strikeouts with Jamestown having 15 in the game that lasted 3 hours, 40 minutes.
Jamestown has Cody Dickson scheduled to pitch against State College's Andrew Pierce in today's decisive game.