Hollins, Reynolds too much for Spikes

ATAVIA, N.Y. — Lars Nootbaar produced his 14th run batted in over his last six games for the State College Spikes, but early home runs from Bubba Hollins and Sean Reynolds gave the Batavia Muckdogs a lead they would not relinquish as they defeated the Spikes, 8-1, Tuesday night at Dwyer Stadium.

The loss dropped the Spikes (34-36) to a tie for sixth place in the NYPL Wild Card standings, 3 1/2 games back of first-place Brooklyn. State College maintained a 41/2 game deficit in the NYPL Pinckney Division as well, but dropped into a tie for third place with Batavia (34-36).

Hollins, the son of former major leaguer Dave Hollins, launched his first home run with the Muckdogs in the opening frame. The two-run shot was the first allowed by Spikes starter Eli Kraus (2-2) in his professional career.

Reynolds then followed with his league-leading 16th homer of the year, a two-run blast to right-center field that started a six-run Batavia third. Ricardo Cespedes doubled home two more runs four batters later. Luke Jarvis went on to add an RBI single, and David Bradshaw’s groundout produced the final run of the inning.

Nootbaar, the Cardinals’ 2018 eighth-round draft choice out of USC, continued his hot streak with a double, and also drove in Edwin Figuera for the Spikes’ lone run with a groundout in the fourth.

Kraus took the loss after yielding a total of six runs on five hits, three walks and a hit batsman over 2 1/3 innings. The left-hander also recorded one strikeout.

Muckdogs starter Josh Roberson (1-0) earned the win in his Batavia debut. The 2017 12th-round draft choice yielded one run on three hits while striking out one batter over five innings of work.

Wednesday, the Spikes head back home to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park to start their final regular season home series with the opener of a three-game set against the West Virginia Black Bears (Pittsburgh Pirates). State College will send right-hander Chris Holba (3-2) to the mound against an yet unnamed West Virginia starter.