Walking off with style

STATE COLLEGE – After a battle with Mother Nature that lasted 1 1/2 hours, Williamsport and State College finally got on the field at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park to play some baseball Thursday night.

But the Spikes had no reason to feel sorry about the delayed start.

After taking the game into the 11th inning, Jimmy Bosco connected on a two-out, walk-off single against Williamsport’s Josh Warner to bring Carson Kelly home from third, lifting State College to a 4-3 victory and giving the Spikes sole possession of first place in the Pinckney Division

It was clear early that the game would feature a pitcher’s duel between Drew Anderson of Williamsport and Willy Paulino of State College.

That duel was interrupted in the top of the fourth with two outs when Williamsport’s Samuel Hiciano picked on a 2-1 offering from Paulino and hit it well over the left-field fence for a solo home run. For Hiciano it was his seventh home run and fourth solo shot of the season.

The 1-0 Williamsport lead was short-lived, as David Washington led off the bottom of the fourth by bouncing the first pitch from Anderson off the Cutters’ bus in deep right field.

For Washington, it was his tenth home run of the season, giving him 44 RBI, which ties the all-time Spikes record.

With the game still deadlocked at 1-all, the Cutters regained the lead and they did it in non-conventional style.

With one out, Paulino walked Andrew Knapp and promptly hit Zach Green and Logan Pierce to juice the sacks. On the third pitch to Hiciano, Paulino uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Knapp to sprint home with the second Williamsport run.

After a walk to Gustavo Martinez, Chase Brookshire replaced Paulino on the bump and promptly walked Sam Dove to push Green across the plate with the third Cutter run.

Obviously upset with some of the ball and strike calls from plate umpire Kyle Wallace, Spikes manager Oliver Marmol was ejected.

The Spikes tied the game with a pair of runs in the sixth inning and they did it with two outs as they strung four hits together to get the job done.

Ronald Castillo doubled to left and Carson Kelly followed with an RBI single to center field. Mason Katz singled to left, Kelly moving to second and Luke Voit plated Kelly with a sharp single to left.

With the game still tied heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Spikes went down 1-2-3 to send the game to extra innings.

The game then remained locked up at 3-3 until Kelly singled to center and moved to second on a passed ball. Mason Katz then walked and Luke Voit flew to deep right to advance Kelly to third. From there, Bosco came through with his game-winning hit.

The Spikes will continue their current homestand tonight with a single game against the Auburn Doubledays. First pitch for that game is set for 7:05 p.m.

While the Spikes continue to enjoy the home field, the Cutters head back to Bowman Field for one with Jamestown before heading to Diethrick Field for two more games with the Jammers.