Spikes tally eight runs in win

Spikes capitalize on Williamsport mistakes, take SawBuck series victory

Sentinel photo by Steve Manuel
State College second baseman Martin Figueroa puts the tag on Williamsport’s D.J. Stewart for the out during Tuesday’s game in State College.

From staff reports

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The State College Spikes started Tuesday night’s game with five runs in the first inning and kept the upper hand throughout the contest en route to an 8-6 victory over the Williamsport Crosscutters at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Two Williamsport (22-36) errors in the opening frame opened the door for the Spikes (29-28) to walk through for a quintet of tallies. Following Andrew Warner scoring on the second Crosscutters miscue, Martin Figueroa tripled to center field to plate two more runs, then scored himself on Dariel Gomez’s single.

Stanley Espinal then finished the big State College first with a double to bring in Gomez.

The Spikes produced a total of 14 hits, with Espinal and Moises Castillo recording three apiece, and each member of the State College starting lineup reached base at least once.

Terry Fuller’s double in the second tacked on another State College run, with a fifth-inning wild pitch and David Vinsky’s single to right in the same frame plating the remainder of the Spikes’ markers.

Williamsport’s D.J. Stewart led the Crosscutters attack with four hits, while Kendall Simmons and Bryson Stott each delivered a double, a triple and two runs batted in.

State College reliever Jeremy Randolph (3-2) picked up the win after tossing 2 2/3 one-run innings. Randolph yielded three hits and a walk while striking out three.

Jack Ralston allowed his first run as a professional after starting his career with 18 1/3 innings without giving one up but steadied himself for his fourth save in as many opportunities. Ralston yielded one hit and struck out two batters.

The Spikes captured a series win with the victory in a game that was delayed 14 minutes at the outset by rain.

Wednesday, the Spikes continue their eight-game, seven-day homestand with the opener of a three-game series against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Cleveland Indians) at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

The 7:05 p.m. contest will match State College right-hander Scott Politz (3-3), who struck out nine batters over seven shutout innings in his last start this past Thursday, against Mahoning Valley right-hander Gregori Vasquez (1-0), whose scheduled start on Wednesday was delayed by a rainout in Batavia.