Jamestown, NY- The Jammers came into play Friday night with a clean slate in game one of the NYPL semi-final series. The two teams met for the fourth time over a span of five days. The best of three games series kicked off at Diethrick Park before heading to Medler Field at Lubrano Park. Austin Meadows would lead the Jammers offensive attack going 2-for-4 with a triple and his first home run of the playoffs.
The Jammers would come to bat in the home half of the first inning after Buddy Borden worked a scoreless top half of the inning. Harold Ramirez would give the Jammers their first baserunner of the night, working a one out walk. A Adam Frazier single would put runners at second and third to be followed by a three run home run thanks to Meadows. Michael Fransoso would give the Jammers a 4-0 lead in the second inning thanks in part to a wild pitch from State College starter Nick Petree.
Meadows, leading off the third inning would lace a ball down the right field line into the gap and pull into third with a stand-up triple. Edwin Espinal would drive in Meadows one batter later to give Jamestown a 5-0 lead. The Jammers would tack on another run before the end of the inning to make it a 6-0 ballgame heading to the top half of the fourth inning.
Borden was able to keep the Spikes hitters off gurard consistently throughout the night as he turned in five inning of shutout baseball. He allowed just three hits and struck out seven in his playoff debut for the Jammers. Working with a fairly wide margin Jamestown would hand the ball over to Jerry Mulderig for the sixth inning. State College would rally against Mulderig as a bases loaded double cleared the basepath's cutting the lead to 6-4.
Jimmy Bosco would pull the Spikes to within just one run at 6-5 as he doubled home Mason Katz. State College would plate four of their five runs in the inning after two outs were recorded and off of two different pitchers for the Jammers. Will Kendall would settle into a groove for the Jammers as he would keep the Spikes from tying up the ballgame as he worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings, including striking out the side in the seventh inning.
Although the Jammers would be unable to add any insurance runs off reliver Jhonny Polanco in the seventh and eighth innings, Brett McKinney would enter the game looking for his first save of the playoffs. McKinney, who finished the regular season tied for the league lead in saves (10) would work a clean top of the ninth inning to seal the Jammers 6-5 victory. Espinal would finish the night going 3-for-4 with one RBI and Fransoso, batting in the nine hole went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
The Jammers and Spikes will switch venues for game two of the series as the teams head to Happy Valley Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. with right hander Dovydas Neverauskas set to go for Jamestown against left hander Jimmy Reed for the Spikes. If necessary the winner take all game three would be Sunday night in State College at 7:05 p.m.