State College takes two wins over Jamestown

STATE COLLEGE – The State College Spikes scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the last scoring on Cesar Valera’s third walk-off hit of the season, to defeat the Jamestown Jammers, 9-8, on Thursday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in the completion of a game suspended on June 25.

This marked the first win of the night for the Spikes, as an 8-2 victory in seven innings wrapped up the second scheduled game of the night.

In the first game it was tied 4-4 going into the ninth inning, but Jamestown (41-27) scored four runs in the top half, the first on a solo home run by Harold Ramirez, to stake the lead. However, the Spikes (43-25) came back with a two-run homer by Ronald Castillo and a solo homer by Carson Kelly to cut the deficit to 8-7.

Mason Katz then contributed a pinch-hit, one-out single to put the tying run on base. Following a flyout to center, Jimmy Bosco hammered a base hit to right field that was erred upon to allow Katz to score and knot the game at 8-8. One batter later, Valera singled to right field to allow the winning run to score with the Spikes’ eighth walk-off victory of the year.

Brett Wiley also homered for the Spikes, giving them a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning with a solo shot. Valera, Bosco and Wiley each contributed three hits.

Ramirez went 4-for-5 in the game for the Jammers. Adam Landecker also contributed three hits, including a double, and scored two runs while driving in two.

Jeff Rauh (2-0) picked up the win in relief for State College despite allowing four runs on five hits and a walk over 1 1/3 innings.

Kurt Yacko (0-1) took the loss after allowing the Spikes’ winning run, which was unearned, on two hits over 1/3 of an inning.

In the second game, Andrew Pierce took the win for the Spikes as they took the three-run lead in the bottom of the second, then added to it with five more in the fourth. The Jammers scored single runs in the third and seventh.

Today the Spikes host the Jammers with a 7:05 p.m. start.