Spikes win, close in on division lead

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – The State College Spikes did not get a runner past first base through the first eight innings, but scored the only runs of the game in the ninth to beat the Jamestown Jammers, 2-0, on Friday night at Russell Diethrick Park and get within a game of first place in the New York-Penn League’s Pinckney Division.

State College (32-23) halved Jamestown’s (33-22) lead in the division with the win, and remains in first place in the NYPL Wild Card standings.

Steven Ramos keyed the Spikes’ late surge by beating out a bunt single with a headfirst slide as the leadoff man. Jammers catcher Andrew Dennis then erred on a pickoff throw to first, sending Ramos to third. After Cesar Valera was hit by a pitch, Brett Wiley knocked in the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly.

Valera then added an insurance run as he moved to second on a wild pitch, to third on David Washington’s single up the middle, and took home on a double steal.

Spikes reliever Jacob Booden (4-0) put the first two Jamestown runners on in the bottom of the ninth, but escaped with an infield fly rule putout, a strikeout and a groundout to preserve the shutout win for State College.

Booden struck out five batters and gave up two hits over 2 2/3 innings of work to get credit for the victory. Starter Willy Paulino went five innings, allowing two hits and three walks while also striking out five for the Spikes.

Jammers starter Shane Carle was outstanding in the pitchers’ duel, tossing seven shutout frames in the longest outing of his professional career. Carle allowed four hits and a walk while recording four strikeouts.

Washington was the only Spike with multiple hits.