By The Post-Journal
NILES, Ohio - Errors played a major role in the ninth-inning defeat of the Jamestown Jammers in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League on Wednesday night.
The Jamestown Jammers (32-38) committed two errors to set up the winning single by Francisco Mejia in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Mahoning Valley (31-39) a hard-fought 8-7 victory before 2,l20 spectators at Eastwood Field.
That concluded an outstanding performance by Mejia as he drove in five runs with four hits.
The game was deadlocked at 7-7 entering the ninth after the Jammers had overcome a 6-1 deficit to take a 7-6 advantage in the top of the sixth inning.
Eric Karch (1-3) was on the mound in the ninth and was in his second inning of work. After the first batter was retired, Bradley Zimmer reached on shortstop Tyler Filliben's error, stole second and went to third on catcher Taylor Gushue's errant throw. That brought up Mejia, who hit a ground-ball single to right field for the winning hit.
Mahoning Valley jumped ahead by the score of 2-0 in the first inning when Mejia's two-run triple plated Greg Allen and Zimmer, who both walked against Alex McRae.
The Jammers got a run back in the second when Filliben doubled home Dave Andriese to cut the deficit to 2-1.
In the third, the Scrappers widened the gap to 5-1 with three runs. Mejia again drove in a pair of runs with a double and Taylor Murphy singled in the final run.
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The fourth inning saw the margin go to 6-1 with the Scrappers scoring a run on Austin Fisher's first home run of the year.
The Jammers picked up a run in the fifth on Jordan Luplow's RBI single, but Elvis Escobar was picked off first base by Mejia, the catcher, and Michael Suchy was gunned down at third base by right fielder Greg Allen.
In the sixth, the Jammers came through with five runs against Anthony Vizcaya and Cortland Cox. Andriese led off with a double off Vizcaya and with one out it was Trace Tam Sing singling home a run.
Erik Forgione stroked a double to put runners on second and third followed by Escobar's sacrifice fly. Luplow walked to end Vizcaya's night. Cox was greeted by an RBI single by Gushue to make it 6-5 and then Suchy hit a two-run triple to put Jamestown ahead at 7-6.
For Gushue, it raised his RBI total to 29 for the season and for Luplow it increased his total to 27 for the year.
The Scrappers got even at 7-7 in the seventh against Miguel Rosario. Steven Patterson led off with a single and eventually scored on Murphy's infield out.
Dominic DeMasi and winning pitcher J. P. Feyereisen (3-0) set down the Jammers in order the last two frames.
The Jammers, now 1-3 on their final road trip, meet Mahoning Valley at 7:05 p.m. today before heading to Williamsport for games on Friday and Saturday.
The Jammers play at Diethrick Park at 4:05 p.m. Sunday and for the final time at 1:05 p.m. on Labor Day to end the 75th season of the league.