Spikes throttle the Crosscutters, 10-1
UNIVERSITY PARK – Michael Slaten went deep for the State College Spikes’ first home run at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park this season, and Jared Kengott allowed just one unearned run over five innings for his first Major League Baseball Draft League win as the Spikes topped the Williamsport Crosscutters, 10-1, on Thursday night to run their winning streak to four games.
Slaten, a product of Benedictine College in Kansas, took a 2-1 pitch from Williamsport (6-3) reliever Holden Christian (0-1) 395 feet over the left-field wall for a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the fourth and give State College (4-4) a lead it would not relinquish.
Kengott (1-1), who notched eight strikeouts in his first start of the season the week prior, collected another eight on Thursday night while allowing just four hits and a walk. The right-hander from Emporia State in Kansas became the first Spikes starter to go at least five innings this season.
Williamsport plated its lone run in the second as Isaac Nunez doubled and scored on an error before leaving the game with an apparent leg injury, but it was all Spikes afterwards. James Jett stole home on the front end of a double steal to tie the game in the second before Slaten’s home run, and Cameron Lee stole two more bases before scoring on Myles Austin’s single up the middle in the fifth.
In the sixth, Jett scored when Crosscutters catcher Rob Marinec erred on Brady Brecklin’s sacrifice bunt attempt. Tyler Heckert, who homered in Williamsport on Wednesday, followed with a two-run single to extend the Spikes’ lead to 6-
Friday, the Spikes seek a sweep of the Crosscutters as the three-game set shifts locations back to Muncy Bank Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport. State College’s starting pitcher is to be determined, while the Crosscutters are scheduled to send right-hander Chase Costello (0-0) to the bump.