Hall lifts Spikes to blowout victory
UNIVERSITY PARK– Hylan Hall produced a stellar night in his second game for the State College Spikes with his first Major League Baseball Draft League home run, one of the Spikes’ eight extra-base hits, to key a 14-2 victory over the Williamsport Crosscutters on Wednesday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Hall, a product of Wabash Valley Junior College in Illinois who is committed to Washington State, took a 1-0 pitch from Williamsport reliever Francisco Mateo deep to the left field Pepsi Picnic Pavilion in the fourth for a two-run homer that traveled 387 feet. The long ball followed Hall’s third-inning triple to the Lion Country Kia Corner in right, as well as an outstanding diving catch in left-center field to rob of extra bases earlier in the fourth.
The Spikes used the big inning to great effect, plating three runs in the first, two in the third, five in the fourth and four more in the seventh. Zion Pettigrew delivered a three-hit game in his second contest with State College, including a pair of doubles, and knocked in two runs.
Chase Stanke made his Spikes debut behind the plate, and the Minnesota product went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs batted in.
The Spikes also matched a club record with seven stolen bases, all in the game’s first four innings, on seven attempts. Myles Austin, James Jett, Tyler Hoeckert and all swiped two bags, while Curtis Washington Jr. nabbed the other. The last time State College stole seven bases in one game was July 2, 2011 against the Auburn Doubledays.
Louis Davenport III started and went four innings for the Spikes, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while striking out four batters. Spencer Koelewyn (1-0) followed Davenport on the mound and earned the win in his State College debut out of Omaha. Koelewyn yielded one run on a solo homer hit by Williamsport’s, but that was the only hit he allowed as he struck out three batters.
Williamsport starter Jacob Smith (0-1) took the loss after giving up three runs on three hits and a walk in the first inning. Smith recorded two strikeouts in the effort.
Thursday, the Spikes face the Crosscutters in the rubber match of their three-game series with a 6:35 p.m. start time at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. State College will send right-hander Griffen Miller (0-1) to the mound to meet Williamsport right-hander Chase Costello (1-1).