Rain halts Spikes; will finish today

STATE COLLEGE – Heavy rain and thunderstorms in the State College area forced the State College Spikes and Staten Island Yankees to halt their game on Sunday evening at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park just before the bottom of the third inning was to start with the score tied, 0-0.

The two teams will resume the contest on Monday as part of a makeshift doubleheader starting at noon, with the completion of the suspended game to be followed by a seven-inning game.

Dewin Perez had pitched three scoreless innings for the Spikes (21-8), yielding only a walk while striking out one. Jake Stone notched the only hit of the game before its suspension when he singled off Staten Island (15-14) starter Sean Carley in the second inning.

Perez and Carley are the current pitchers of record for the suspended game. The Spikes will be seeking their 11th victory in the last 12 games when the game resumes on Monday.

The probable starters for Monday afternoon’s game, which will now be a seven-inning contest following the completion of the suspended game, were right-hander Fernando Baez (1-0) for State College and right-hander Jordan Cote (0-1) for Staten Island.


Spikes 6, Staten Island 3

STATE COLLEGE – Will Anderson produced another strong start on the mound, and Rowan Wick increased his New York-Penn League-leading RBI total to 32 over the first 29 games of the year as the State College Spikes topped the Staten Island Yankees, 6-3, on Saturday night for their 10th victory in the last 11 games.

Anderson (3-1) won his third straight start after allowing three runs on six hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander from Cal State-Monterey Bay struck out three batters on the night as well. Anderson’s walk, which was given to Staten Island (15-14) leadoff batter Collin Slaybaugh in the first inning, was his first in 15 innings of work since June 24.

Wick doubled home the first of two State College (21-8) runs in the fifth inning, and went 2-for-4 to bring his average to .389 on the year. The North Vancouver, BC native still leads the NYPL with 12 homers as well.

The Spikes responded to the Yankees’ first-inning run with three of their own in the first, and never trailed the rest of the way. Jake Stone knocked in a pair of runs via groundout for his 11th and 12th runs batted in since July 2. Danny Diekroeger and Brian O’Keefe also produced RBI singles for State College.

The Spikes maintained first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division after leading Batavia by 2 1/2 games coming into Saturday night.