Washtington’s bat not enough for Spikes

From staff reports

BATAVIA, N.Y. – David Washington produced the eighth four-hit game for a State College Spikes player in 2013, but two big innings were the difference as the Batavia Muckdogs took a 10-5 decision on Sunday evening at Dwyer Stadium.

Washington went 4-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored and two runs batted in to lead the way for State College (20-19). The big man combined with Bruce Caldwell to have a hand in every Spikes run, as Caldwell contributed three hits, including a double.

The Spikes took a 4-0 lead in the game after three innings, but saw the advantage evaporate after a five-run fourth inning from Batavia (19-19). After Washington knocked in the tying run in the fifth for State College, the Muckdogs produced four more runs in the sixth to establish a deficit the Spikes could not overcome.

Three different Batavia players notched multiple RBI, including catcher Michael Vaughn, who posted three hits on the night.

State College fell despite outhitting Batavia, 12-11, and seeing the Muckdogs commit four errors in the game.

Reliever Kyle Webb (1-2) took the loss for the Spikes after allowing three of Batavia’s sixth-inning runs on a total of two hits and a hit batsman while striking out two over 1 2/3 innings. State College starter Willy Paulino exited the game in the fourth following the Muckdogs’ initial surge, but did not factor in the decision. Paulino yielded five runs on a total of six hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings.

The 10 runs allowed by the Spikes were the most in any game this season. State College had not allowed more than seven runs in a game prior to Sunday.

Batavia right-hander Justin Jackson (4-1) picked up the win in relief after five innings in which he allowed one run on four hits and two walks. Jackson also struck out three batters.

Monday, the Spikes complete their two-game excursion to Batavia with a 7:05 p.m. matchup against the Muckdogs at Dwyer Stadium. State College will go with a “piggyback” setup on the mound, with right-hander Nick Petree (1-1) starting. Left-hander Jimmy Reed (1-1), who tossed six one-run innings last time out in his longest professional outing, will follow Petree on the mound.

Batavia is slated to start right-hander Max Garner (0-1), who was originally scheduled to start on Sunday before a rainout on Saturday in Mahoning Valley changed the rotation.


Spikes 2, Doubledays 1

STATE COLLEGE – Cesar Valera’s bases-loaded walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth, his fourth hit of the game, gave the State College Spikes a 2-1 victory over the Auburn Doubledays on Saturday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Valera’s four-hit game was his second of the season after a 4-for-6 night on June 18 at Williamsport. The State College shortstop upped his average to .302 on the year, becoming the fifth Spikes regular to crack the .300 barrier.

State College trailed 1-0 going into the ninth, but got its rally started with Luke Voit’s one-out infield single. Michael Schulze then ran for Voit and moved to second on Matthew Young’s walk. Steven Ramos followed with another infield single to load the bases and set up Luis Perez’s game-tying hit by pitch. On the very first pitch he saw, Valera stroked a base hit to right field to score Young and win the game.

The Spikes’ bats had largely been stifled until the ninth, with just six hits over the first eight innings. State College did leave seven runners on base over the sixth through eighth frames, but the Spikes were unable to score until the late rally.

Jacob Booden (1-0) earned his first Spikes victory in relief with two scoreless innings in which he struck out five while allowing one hit and one walk. State College starter Arturo Reyes was also effective, yielding just one run on four hits and two walks while striking out two over five innings of work.

Auburn (12-27) reliever L.J. Hollins (0-2) took the loss after allowing both Spikes runs on a total of four hits, one hit batsman and two walks, one of them intentional, over one inning on the mound. Austin Voth started for the Doubledays and tossed five shutout innings with six strikeouts. Voth gave up two hits during his tenure on the mound.

Wilman Rodriguez went 3-for-4 and scored Auburn’s only run on an RBI double by Jimmy Yezzo in the second inning.