UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - Daniel Castano tossed 7 1/3 innings and allowed just one unearned run, but Oscar Rojas 's triple in the ninth led the Hudson Valley Renegades past the State College Spikes, 3-1, on Wednesday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Despite the Spikes' (27-22) defeat, losses by West Virginia, Mahoning Valley, and West Virginia kept State College with in two games of the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division lead, and within a game-and-a-half of the lead in the race for the league's lone Wild Card berth.
Castano went into the eighth inning for the fourth time this season, only allowing a run in the second on his own fielding error. The southpaw gave up four hits and a walk while recording one strikeout and reduced his ERA to 2.25, good for sixth-best in the NYPL.
State College tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth when Yariel Gonzalez followed back-to-back singles from Scott Hurst and Evan Mendoza with one of his own.
Rojas would have the last word, however, with his three-base hit scoring one run, and an error plating him as well.
Spikes reliever Will Latcham (1-1) took the loss, with two runs, one of them earned, charged to him over 1 2/3 innings. Latcham allowed one hit and one hit batsman while striking out two batters.
Hudson Valley (24-25) starter Drew Strotman , an NYPL All-Star like Castano, yielded one run on three hits and two walks while striking out five batters over six innings.
Reliever Hunter Schreyer (1-0) then picked up the win with two scoreless innings in which he gave up one hit and two walks while notching one strikeout. Matt Vogel (1) loaded the bases in the ninth with a walk and two hit batsman, but earned the save with with a shutout inning.
The Spikes and Renegades finish up their three-game series at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park with a 7:05 p.m. rubber match on Thursday. State College will start right-hander Johan Oviedo (1-0) on the mound, while Hudson Valley will go with left-hander Resly Linares (1-3).
Thursday is Ladies Night and Paint the Park Purple Night, presented by Home Instead Senior Care & Juniper Village at Brookline and MAJIC 99, featuring special activities for ladies throughout the night. Fans can also join the Alzheimer's Association in raising funds and awareness in the fight against Alzheimer's disease during the night, and it's a $1 Beer Thursday, presented by BIG Froggy 101, with $1 12-oz. domestic draft beers available from 6-8 p.m.
The Spikes then start the second half of their six-game homestand on Friday with the first of three games against the Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland Athletics), who lead the NYPL Stedler Division.
Fans will be looking forward to seeing Tim "Wild Thang" Lepard and Team GhostRiders once again, as the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo comes back to State College on for Saturday's 7:05 p.m.. The return of this unique act, featuring monkeys riding dogs herding sheep in an unforgettably entertaining experience, will thrill fans of all ages.
The skies over Happy Valley will also light up twice this weekend with a fantastic FIREWORKS show presented by VisitMyrtleBeach.com after Friday's 7:05 p.m. game and another presented by The Meadows following Sunday's 6:05 p.m. game.
Plus, VisitMyrtleBeach.com will present a fantastic Myrtle Beach Trip Giveaway for one lucky fan age 18 and up on Friday as well.
In addition, the first 1,000 fans at Friday's game will receive a Blue and White Hat Giveaway presented by the McClure Company, and the first 1,000 fans at Sunday's game will received a Red and White Hat Giveaway presented by Northwest.
The weekend also features a pair of Community Nights, presented by CATACOMMUTE, with Penns Valley Community Night on Friday and Bellefonte Community Night on Sunday.
Both Community Nights also feature a FREE Kids Zone! presented by Friends of Jake Corman, and kids can run the bases after all three weekend games thanks to Wonderland Charter School.
Tickets for the four games from Thursday through Sunday, as well as every game remaining on the Spikes' 2017 home schedule, 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 6:35 p.m. with Spikes Live, presented by Mount Nittany Health, on the air from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. 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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