State College drops 12-inning contest to the Renegades, 3-2

FISHKILL, N.Y. – David Washington and Mason Katz each smashed solo homers for the State College Spikes, but a late flurry by the Hudson Valley Renegades forced extra innings and allowed the Renegades to take a 3-2 victory in 12 innings on Monday afternoon at Dutchess Stadium.

Washington’s fifth homer of the season, a solo shot to right field in the second inning off of Hudson Valley (17-12) starter Ben Griset, gave State College a 1-0 lead. The homer also put Washington back into a tie for first place in the New York-Penn League in runs batted in with 23.

Katz then added to the Spikes’ advantage with his first home run as a professional as he sent an Anthony Tzamtzis pitch over the left-field wall to make it 2-0 headed into the eighth inning.

However, the Renegades would plate two runs in that frame, and after the two teams blanked each other through the ninth, tenth and eleventh innings, Johnny Field doubled off the left-field wall in the twelfth to produce the winning run for Hudson Valley.

The Spikes had the leadoff man on base in every inning from the eighth on, but were unable to score any runs in that time.

Washington and Katz each had multiple hits for State College, as did Steven Ramos. Matthew Young contributed a double to the Spikes’ offensive cause.

Catcher Dante Rosenberg made his professional debut on Monday, going 1-for-2 with one hit by pitch and a sacrifice bunt while catching 11 of the 12 innings in 94-degree heat at gametime.

State College starter Willy Paulino tossed five shutout innings despite allowing three hits and four walks. Paulino got out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam with no damage in the second inning using two of his season-high six strikeouts in the process.

Mitch Harris (1-1) took the loss after yielding his first earned run of the season in the twelfth inning. Harris gave up a total of 2 hits and two walks while striking out two over 2 1/3 innings.

Hudson Valley reliever Rick Teasley (1-0) picked up the win after finishing the game with three innings of work. Teasley gave up two hits and a walk while recording three strikeouts. Griset put up a quality start for Hudson Valley with six innings of one-run ball in which he yielded four hits and a walk. The left-hander also struck out four.

Field, Jonathan Quinonez and Omar Narvaez each produced multi-hit games for the Renegades, with Quinonez adding a double. Ty Young also drove in a run with his eighth-inning triple.

The Spikes will enjoy the first off day on the New York-Penn League schedule today, then welcome the Lowell Spinners (Boston Red Sox) to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park for a 7:05 p.m. matchup on Wednesday. State College will send right-hander Nick Petree (0-1) to the mound as the first half of a “piggyback” tandem, to be followed by left-hander Jimmy Reed (1-1). Lowell has not yet announced a starting pitcher for Wednesday.