Jamestown, NY- Jamestown entered play Monday night one game ahead of Lowell for the New York-Penn League Wild Card race. The Jammers opened up a three game series against the State College Spikes for the final time this regular season. The game would go to extra innings where the Spikes would score the all important winning run in the 11th inning to secure a 6-4 victory.
The Jammers would get a great outing from Dovydas Neverauskas in his 15th start of the season. Neverauskas would work in and out of some jams early on but keep State College off the scoreboard in the process. Jamestown would give Neverauskas a lead to work with in the second inning as Candon Myles laced an RBI single to left field scoring Michael Fransoso from third base.
Leading 1-0 the Jammers would tack on another run against the Spikes starter Arturo Reyes in the fourth inning. Myles would deliver for the second time on the night as he placed a ball in the right field corner to leg out an RBI triple giving the Jammers a 2-0 lead. Both teams would put up zeros in the fifth inning respectively.
With both starters out of the contest, State College put together a rally of their own in the sixth inning against the newest Jammer Jerry Mulderig. Mulderig working his second inning of relief would run into some trouble as a costly error in left field would lead to three runs eventually crossing the plate and giving the Spikes a 3-2 lead.
Trailing 4-2 going into the home half of the eighth inning the Jammers would not be done on the offensive side of things. Reese McGuire would kick things off with an infield single against Spikes reliever Jeff Rauh. One batter later Austin Meadows would follow suit with a single of his own to put runners on the corners for the Jammers. Edwin Espinal would pull the Jammers within a run off an RBI double scoring McGuire. Jin-De Jhang would tie up the game 4-4 on a sacrifice fly scoring Meadows.
Jamestown would have two opportunities to walk off in front of the home crowd as they would advance the potential winning run to third base in the ninth and 10th innings. State College relievers would do their part in holding the Jammers off of the scoreboard and giving their offense a chance to win the game. The Spikes would do so in the 11th inning facing Jammers relief pitcher Axel Diaz. Diaz would struggle to find the strike zone leading to four walks and a hit batter. A wild pitch and a bases loaded walk would give the Spikes a 6-4 lead heading into the home half of the inning.
The Jammers wouldn't have an answer offensively in the inning as they dropped their record to 42-31 on the season. The wild card seed will be based on the outcome of the Aberdeen/Lowell series, which was still in progess at the end of the Jammers contest. The two teams will sqaure off for game two of the series at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday night at Diethrick Park.