Spikes claim 6-2 victory

From staff reports

NILES, OH Nick Thompson and Danny Diekroeger drove in two runs apiece to lead the offense as the State College Spikes defeated the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 6-2, on Tuesday night at Eastwood field.

With the win and the Tri-City ValleyCats’ loss on Tuesday, the Spikes (42-27) are now tied with the ValleyCats for the second seed in the New York-Penn League playoffs with six games remaining in the regular season. Both teams are two games back of Hudson Valley for the best record in the league.

Diekroeger, who delivered two doubles to extend his franchise-record hitting streak to 20 games, opened the scoring by driving in a pair of runs in the third inning. In the sixth, Thompson increased his RBI total on the season to 41 with a two-run single. State College then plated two more runs in the eighth inning on Brian O’Keefe’s single and Brett Wiley’s groundout.

Robelys Reyes scored two runs for the Spikes and reached base three times on two walks and a time hit by pitch.

Dewin Perez (6-2) earned the win for State College by starting and yielding two runs on six hits and two walks over five-plus innings of work. Perez also struck out three batters in the victory.

Mahoning Valley (30-39) starter Cameron Hill (1-2) took the loss after giving up two runs on one hit, two walks and a hit batsman while striking out two over five innings.

Yonathan Mendoza was the only Scrapper with multiple hits, and brought in Mahoning Valley’s first run with his single in the fourth.

The Spikes now head home to start a four-game homestand at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Tuesday night with the first game of a two-game mini-series against the Williamsport Crosscutters (Philadelphia Phillies). State College will send left-hander Austin Gomber (0-2) to the mound for the 7:05 p.m. matchup, while Williamsport will go with right-hander Alejandro Arteaga (1-7).