Spikes hang tough, top Jamestown in 11 innings

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – The State College Spikes came back from an early deficit and withstood a late Jamestown rally that sent the game to extra innings before beating the Jammers, 6-4, in 11 innings Monday evening at Russell Dietrick Park.

State College (47-26) scored both 11th-inning runs without the benefit of a hit, as Jamestown (42-31) reliever Axel Diaz (4-3) walked four batters, hit one and threw a wild pitch to help the Spikes score twice with two outs. Pinch-runner Luis Perez scored the go-ahead run on the wild pitch, while Jimmy Bosco, who delivered three hits on the night, knocked in his second run with a bases-loaded walk.

Mitch Harris (4-1) stranded the winning run on third in the ninth inning and left runners at second and third in the 10th to earn the win for State College. Harris allowed two hits and a walk, but struck out two in the process. Jacob Booden (4) pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save.

The Spikes had gone to extra innings after yielding two runs to the Jammers in the eighth inning on an Edwin Espinal double and Jin-De Jhang sacrifice fly.

State College rebounded from an early 2-0 deficit to take the lead on back-to-back RBI doubles from Bosco and Alex De Leon in the sixth inning. David Washington then added to his league-leading RBI total with an infield single to knock in his 50th run of the year to extend the margin to 4-2.

Arturo Reyes started for the Spikes and went five innings on the mound, allowing two runs on six hits, two walks and one hit batsman. Reyes also struck out two batters.

Diaz took the loss for Jamestown, striking out one batter.

Despite State College’s victory, the Jammers remained in the New York-Penn League Wild Card lead by one game over Lowell. The Spikes will face the Wild Card team in the NYPL Semifinal Series starting Friday.

State College faces Jamestown Tuesday at 6:05 p.m.