Spikes fall 6-4 to Batavia

From staff reports

BATAVIA, NY-Andrew Sohn played a part in bringing home two runs, helping the State College Spikes to battle back from a four-run deficit before the Batavia Muckdogs held on to take a 6-4 decision on Tuesday night at Dwyer Stadium.

Sohn led off the scoring for State College (11-7) in the second inning with a grounder that Batavia (12-8) was ruled to have erred upon to allow Rowan Wick to cross the plate. In the sixth, Sohn’s bases-loaded RBI single was the catalyst in starting the Spikes back from down 5-1.

After another Muckdogs error allowed a pair of runs to score and cut the margin to 5-4, the Spikes put the tying run on base twice more, but could not push another runner home.

Darren Seferina and Brian O’Keefe each collected a pair of hits. Seferina reached base a total of four times by drawing two walks, while O’Keefe added a double.

Wick went 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch. The North Vancouver, British Columbia native also scored a pair of runs on Canada Day.

State College starter Dewin Perez (1-1) took the loss by allowing five runs, four of them earned, on seven hits and a walk over five innings. Perez struck out four batters in defeat.

Kyle Grana pitched a nearly spotless two innings of relief for the Spikes, as he retired six straight batters, three via strikeout, after allowing a leadoff double by Eric Fisher in the sixth.

Fisher went 3-for-4 at the plate for Batavia, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. The Marlins’ 17th-round draft choice in 2014, Fisher also smashed a solo home run to right field in the eighth inning that gave the Muckdogs an insurance run headed into the ninth.

Brian Anderson also added two hits for Batavia, including an RBI triple.

Muckdogs starter Gabriel Castellanos (1-1) earned the win. The left-hander allowed one unearned run on one hit, five walks and one hit batsman while striking out three over five innings of work.

Josh Hodges earned a six-out save, his third of the season, yielding two hits and striking out two batters in the process.

The loss puts Batavia one game ahead of State College for the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division lead.

The Spikes will look to jump back into a tie for first in the division as they face the Muckdogs in a 7:05 p.m. matchup on Wednesday night at Dwyer Stadium. State College is scheduled to send hard-throwing right-hander Fernando Baez (0-0) to the mound for his second start of the year. Batavia has not yet announced a starter on the hill for Wednesday’s game.