Crosscutters cut down Spikes, 11-1

State College, Centre County, Pa. - On a night where they wore Conspiracy Theory Themed Jerseys, the State College Spikes were kept down by the Williamsport Crosscutters’ offensive collusion in an 11-1 defeat on Wednesday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

State College (17-12) took the field in the jerseys on Salute to Conspiracy Theories Night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Each jersey then went up for bids in a Jersey-off-the-Back Auction, presented by PSECU to benefit Children’s Miracle Network.

In addition, two Conspiracy Theory Themed Jerseys autographed by the team are up for bids on MiLBAuctions.com until Wednesday, July 26 at 5 p.m. The proceeds from the Jersey-off-the-Back Auction at the ballpark and the online auction will be presented by PSECU to Children’s Miracle Network at a Spikes game in mid-August.

The Spikes went down 4-0 after two innings, but stayed in the game when Yariel Gonzalez’s two-out single in the fifth brought them with three. State College then loaded the bases in the seventh, but could not muster another run.

The Crosscutters’ (15-12) fiendish plot then came to pass with a five-run eighth and two more runs in the ninth. Jake Scheiner knocked in four runs for Williamsport, while Nick Maton contributed four hits.

Spikes starter Sam Tewes (2-3) took the loss. Tewes yielded four runs, but only two of them earned, on four hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings. The righty did not allow a hit after the second inning, and struck out six in the effort.

Andrew Brown (2-2) started and earned the win for the Crosscutters. Brown retired the first 13 batters he faced, and gave up one run on three hits while striking out three batters over five innings.

Gonzalez had the lone multi-hit game for the Spikes, while Scott Hurst’s double in the sixth extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

The matchup was the Spikes’ first home game in ten days, and came in a stretch of 11 road games in 13 days.

Thursday, the Spikes hit the highway once again to take on the West Virginia Black Bears (Pittsburgh Pirates) in the opener of a three-game set at Monongalia County Ballpark. State College will send right-hander Jonathon Mulford (1-2) to the mound for the 7:05 p.m. game. West Virginia will go with right-hander Stephan Meyer (1-1).

Following the three-game series in West Virginia, the Spikes will head back home to face the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Cleveland Indians) for a three-game set starting on Sunday with a 6:05 p.m. game at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Fans will be able to choose a side in the National Hot Dog Day Celebration featuring the Salute to the Ballpark Frank, as the first 1,000 fans through the gates when they open at 5 p.m. will have their pick of #TeamKetchup or #TeamMustard T-Shirts, presented by Penn State Health. Plus, it will be Pig in the Park, where fans are invited to bring their hogs to the ballpark for all of the fun.

It’s also TEAM REAM Day as the Spikes partner with the TEAM REAM Foundation to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer, with a pre-game BMX demonstration featuring world-class athletes taking to the ramps outside the ballpark.

The night will be capped off with a Spike-tacular FIREWORKS show, presented by Boyles Insurance.

In addition, the whole family will enjoy Sunday Kids Day, presented by First National Bank, with a pre-game catch on the field from 5-5:30 p.m. and the chance for kids to run the bases after the game thanks to Wonderland Charter School.

The first 250 kids ages 12 and under also eat and play for free thanks to Dairy Queen Grill & Chill.

Tickets to Sunday’s game, or any of the three games from July 23-25, are currently on sale through the Spikes Ticket Office by calling (814) 272-1711 or by visiting in person. Fans can also buy and download single-game tickets by visiting StateCollegeSpikes.com.

Catch all of the action on Thursday via the Spikes Radio Network, presented by Penn State Sports Medicine, Official Healthcare Provider of Penn State Athletics, at 6:50 p.m. with Spikes Live, presented by Mount Nittany Health, on the air from Monongalia County Ballpark. The Spikes’ radio broadcast can also be heard worldwide through the “Listen Live” link on StateCollegeSpikes.com, provided by the club’s flagship radio home, Newsradio 1390 WRSC, as well as the TuneIn Radio app.


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