Spikes remain unbeaten on the road
State College scores two in 10th in win
WILLIAMSPORT — After starting the season with a pair of games, Williamsport and State College returned to Bowman Field Tuesday night to continue the Sawbuck Series.
Unable to determine the winner in regulation, the two clubs gave the fans one inning of bonus baseball with the Spikes coming out on top 4-2.
“It was a good game and a nice win for us,” said Spikes skipper Jose Leon. “The guys got on top with a couple of runs and after they tied it they kept grinding until they had the win. We started pretty good, but then we gave up a couple of runs. In the extra inning, we had the runner on second base and we wanted the fly ball to get him to third and we were able to do that.”
The Cutters drew first blood in the second inning with two outs, when Dariel Gomez picked on a fastball from Cutter righthander Leonel Aporate and deposited it over the wall in center field.
The game featured a pitcher’s duel between Spikes lefty Jacob Schlesener and Cutter righty Leonel Aporte through the opening four innings.
For his strong effort, Schlesener surrendered two hits, walking two and striking out eight.
“He (Schlesener) pitched a strong five innings and then Blanco came on to wrap it up,” said Leon. “When they tied it up, we kept battling until we got the win.”
Leading 1-0, the Spikes tacked on a run on singles by Gomez and Luis Flores followed by an RBI double by Mosies Castillo.
The Spikes had another chance to put a run on the board when Carlos Soto worked Cutter reliever Michael Gomez for a free pass, but Gomez wiggled his way out of further damage when he fanned Andrew Warner for the final out of the inning.
Held off the scoreboard for the first six innings, the Cutters broke into the run column and they used the long ball — a solo home run by Logan Simmons — to cut the Spikes lead to 2-1 in the seventh
Not to waste the opportunity to get back even, one out after Simmons solo blast, Brayan Gonzalez ripped a double into the right field corner. Two pitches later, thanks to a stolen base and a passed ball, Gonzalez crossed the plate with the tying run.
In the 10th, the Spikes went on top 3-2, scoring the go-ahead run with two outs.
With designated runner Edwin Figuera perched on third, Mosies Castillo lined an RBI double just inside the left field line.
Tacking on another run, Soto also used a double to left field to chase Castillo across the dish for a 4-2 State College lead.
“When we got the runner on third, it was up to Castillo and Soto to get the job done and they came through,” Leon said.”
After the Spikes regained the lead, Fabian Blanco came on to slam the door with a solid tenth inning to preserve the 4-2 Spikes win.
The two teams will be at it again tonight with a single game slated for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.