Rain halts Spikes game after 4 innings

STATE COLLEGE — Rainstorms in the State College area rendered the field unplayable and forced the State College Spikes and Williamsport Crosscutters to halt their game on Thursday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park after four innings and State College leading, 3-0.

The game will now be resumed as part of a makeshift doubleheader on Monday at 5:35 p.m., with the completion of the suspended game to nine innings, followed by a seven-inning game between the two teams.

Tickets for Thursday night’s game can be redeemed for a ticket of equal or lesser value to any remaining Spikes home game in 2018, based upon availability.

Tickets for Monday’s scheduled game are now good for both games in the makeshift doubleheader.

The rain curtailed a historic effort for State College starting pitcher Jacob Schlesener, who tied a Spikes (26-31) single-game record with 10 strikeouts over the first four innings. Schlesener matched Will Anderson, Fernando Baez, Juan Perez and Daniel Castano in the franchise record book.

The right-hander gave up two hits and a walk while recording his first nine outs via strikeout.

State College took the lead with Nick Dunn’s third home run of the season, a solo shot to the right field bleachers, in the first, then tacked on two more runs in the opening frame on Kevin Woodall Jr.’s double and Alexis Wilson’s RBI groundout.

The Spikes will now hit the road to Ohio for a three-game series against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Cleveland Indians) starting tonight. State College will send right-hander Franyel Casadilla (2-1) to the mound for the series opener, which will start at 7:05 p.m.

Mahoning Valley is slated to go with right-hander Juan Mota (4-3) on the mound.