State College loses rain-delayed contest to the Jammers, 6-5

STATE COLLEGE – Bruce Caldwell hit his first home run with the State College Spikes to bring them within a run late in the game, but the Jamestown Jammers held on to take a 6-5 victory in a back-and-forth affair at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Sunday night.

The game was delayed 1 hour, 45 minutes at the outset by lightning in the vicinity of the ballpark, but once the action commenced, both teams wasted no time getting on the board. Jodaneli Carvajal led off the game with a triple to right field for Jamestown (5-2), and the former State College (4-3) infielder scored on a Jin-De Jhang single two batters later.

The Spikes struck back in the bottom half, however, beginning a pattern of Jamestown taking the lead and State College responding. Jimmy Bosco, who ended up 2-for-5 in the game, also led off with a triple and scored on Cesar Valera’s groundout to tie the game.

Jamestown put up three more runs in the second inning to grab the lead again, with former Spike Yhonathan Barrios plating a run with a sacrifice fly to right and Michael Fransoso adding an RBI single sandwiched around an errant catch attempt by State College left fielder Ronald Castillo that would have ended the inning.

The home club chipped away with solitary runs in the next three frames, though. Luke Voit brought in a run with an RBI single in the second, and David Washington notched a sacrifice fly to center with the bases loaded in the third to bring the Spikes within a run at 4-3. After Carvajal reached on an infield single in the fourth and scored on an error and a double play ball to add a Jamestown run, Valera came right back with an RBI single to make the score 5-4 headed into the fifth.

The Jammers tacked another run on in the seventh inning as Jimmy Rider, another 2012 Spike, doubled in Dan Collins to bring the lead to 6-4.

Caldwell’s long ball was a solo shot with a count of 0-1 in the seventh inning, and gave the Spikes hope heading into the final two frames. However, the Jammers nailed down the win as yet another player who spent 2012 in State College, Kevin Kleis (1), recorded the final six outs in a row for the save.

Bosco was the only Spike with multiple hits in the game, and Valera reached base twice to go with his two runs batted in.