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Spikes Fall in Extras, Lose First Series of Season
STATE COLLEGE – The State College Spikes erased a ninth-inning deficit to force extra innings, but the Batavia Muckdogs scored four times in the 11th frame to down the Spikes, 8-4, on Thursday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
The Spikes (4-3) allowed a run in the top of the ninth inning to go down 4-3 entering the bottom half. However, after one-out singles by Leobaldo Pina and Collin Radack, Robelys Reyes delivered a run-scoring single to tie the game back up.
In the 11th, Batavia took advantage of an error, two wild pitches, a walk and a hit batsman to aid their cause. Eric Fisher’s two-run single was the centerpiece as the Muckdogs reclaimed the lead for good.
Reyes and Pina each produced three hits for the Spikes in their first extra-inning game of the year.
The Spikes first grabbed the lead in the second inning when Reyes drove in a run with an infield single. A subsequent Batavia error enabled another Spikes run to score, and a Batavia passed ball gave the Spikes a 3-2 advantage.
Miscues also hampered State College throughout the game, with four errors, eight wild pitches and a passed ball on the Spikes’ ledger.
Reliever Jacob Booden (0-1) took the loss for State College after allowing Batavia’s four runs in the ninth, three of them earned. Booden logged a total of 1 1/3 innings, yielding two hits, and a strikeout during his tenure on the mound.
Spikes starter Dewin Perez went 4 1/3 innings on the hill, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three. Perez ran his streak of batters faced without giving up a home run to 334.
The Spikes’ Fernando Baez tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings in which he allowed his first baserunner of the year via a walk. Baez struck out two in the effort.
Batavia reliever Ryan Wertenberger (1-0) got the win after pitching two shutout innings in the 10th and 11th. Wertenberger allowed three hits while striking out one.
Fisher and Kevin Grove each contributed three hits for the Muckdogs, with Grove putting up two doubles.
The Spikes also welcomed over 300 dogs to the park for Bark in the Park Night, presented by Metzger Animal Hospital, the Centre Daily Times and NEWSRADIO 103 WRSC. The evening was the first of two such nights this year, as fans can also bring their dogs to the Spikes game on Saturday, August 2.
State College starts a four-game road trip on Friday with a 7:05 p.m. matchup against the Jamestown Jammers (Pittsburgh Pirates). Right-hander Daniel Poncedeleon (0-0), the Cardinals’ ninth-round draft choice in 2014, is scheduled to make his professional debut as he gets the start for the Spikes. Jamestown will go with right-hander Tyler Eppler (0-0).
--State College Spikes Media Relations