STATE COLLEGE - Riding the strong right arm of Chris Perry, the bats of Jimmy Bosco and Ronald Castillo and numerous physical and mental errors by Jamestown, the State College Spikes cruised to a 6-0 win over the Jammers Monday night before 2,408 fans at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
When a team jumps out to a big early lead, sometimes the tendency is to get a little complacent, but fortunately for the Spikes, that didn't happen.
"We talked quite a bit about the possibility of that (complacency) happening, but it didn't happen tonight," Spikes manager Oliver Marmol said. "If a team gives you an advantage, you have to take it."
Sentinel photo by CHRISTOPHER?SHANNON
State College’s Jimmy Bosco is congratulated by Manager Oliver Marmol while rounding third base after hitting a home run against the Jamestown Jammers Monday at Medlar Field.
Although the season is in its infancy, Marmol and his staff like what they see from the guys.
"I am very excited," Marmol said. "Our staff is very excited about this group. I don't think they settled in yet which is quite exciting, but they still have managed to do some good things. Once the whole team settles in to show what they are capable of doing, it is going to be a fun season."
The Spikes jumped all over the Jammers in the first inning as they batted around and came away with four runs.
Sparking the offense for State College was David Washington with a two-run single, Ronald Castillo with a sacrifice fly and Matthew Young with an RBI double.
In addition to the three hits, the Spikes took advantage of a costly error, some loose play that didn't show up in the score book and two hit batsmen to get the job done.
Not to be content with the four-run lead, the Spikes added on with single runs in the third and fourth innings.
In the third, Washington singled to right, moved to second on a passed ball, advanced to third on a wild pitch by Alex Diaz and scored on a RBI single to right by Castillo.
"When you have a lead, continuing to add on can be very important," Marmol said. "Castillo did a nice job of adding on with his RBI and we just took advantage of their mistakes. The important thing is that we didn't stop (scoring) and that was nice to see."
In the fourth, Bosco picked on a 1-0 offering from Shane Carle and deposited it over the fence in right field for a solo home run.
"I wasn't looking for anything in particular. All I was hoping for was something to drive, gap to gap" Bosco explained. "Obviously it wasn't that I was looking to hit a home run because I am a lead off hitter. I got the barrel of the bat on the ball and was able to drill it pretty good. As for the pitch, it was a fastball, in."
While the Spikes were providing him with a half dozen runs, Perry was cranking up a strong effort. Perry worked seven strong innings, allowing no runs on just two hits. He struck out two and walked nobody.
"We really wanted to establish the fastball today and I was able to do that," Perry said. "I knew that I was going to have to pitch to the inside half of the plate and I had a real good feel about the command of my fastball. Really all I did was keep the ball down (in the strike zone) and let my defense do the work behind me."
So why was it so important for Perry to work inside?
"We felt they (Jammer batters) got a little bit extended in the last game with the bats and as a result, they drilled some balls," he said. "I knew that if I could keep from elevating the ball and make them hit it on the ground, my defense would take care of things."
One area that Perry handled very well was in throwing first-pitch strikes.
"I just wanted to keep attacking them and once we got the lead I just wanted to keep the ball in play," Perry said. I didn't want to give them any free passes and make them earn their way around the base paths."
With the game well in hand, Mitch Harris and Kyle Webb came on in the eighth and ninth innings to mop things up and seal the deal as the duo combined to retire all six Jammer batters they faced.
"Perry threw somewhere around 70 or 71 pitches in his seven innings of work and his effort tonight was unbelievable," Marmot said. "He did a nice job of locating his fastball, mixing in all of his pitches and that kept them off balance. He had early contact and overall, he was very efficient with his pitch count."
The same two teams will wrap up the three-game series tonight with a single game set for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.
Jamestown will send Cody Dickson (0-0) to the bump while State College will counter with Kevin Herget (1-0).