NILES, OH - Saturday night's scheduled game between the State College Spikes and Mahoning Valley Scrappers was canceled due to inclement weather in the Niles area. The game will not be made up.
The Spikes (38-32) remain 2 ½ games behind the Scrappers (40-29) for the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division lead with five games remaining in the 2017 regular season. Mahoning Valley's magic number to clinch the division now stands at three.
State College will also remain in third place in the NYPL Wild Card Standings, and could gain ground depending on the results of first-place Hudson Valley and second-place Aberdeen. The Spikes are currently two games out of first in the race for the league's lone Wild Card playoff berth.
Following a return trip to Central PA, the Spikes begin a three-game series with the Auburn Doubledays (Washington Nationals) on Sunday. The 6:05 p.m. matchup at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park starts a five-game homestand to finish the Spikes' regular season slate.
Left-hander Daniel Castano (8-3), whose 74 strikeouts are already the most in a single season for a Spikes pitcher, is set to make the start for State College. Castano will bid to tie the Spikes' single-season wins record, set last year by teammate Steven Farinaro .
Auburn is set to send right-hander Jackson Tetreault (2-1) to the mound.
One "LuCKy" fan is guaranteed to drive away from the ballpark in their own KIA at Lucky's KIA Giveawayas part of Fan Appreciation Night, presented by Lion Country Kia. The skies will also light up over Happy Valley after the game as Lion Country Kia presents a Spike-tacular FIREWORKS show, and kids can run the bases thanks to Clinical Outcomes Group, Inc.
It's also Medical Professionals Appreciation Night, presented by HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, with a pair of Team Autographed Pink Boxing Robe-Themed Jerseys up for bids to benefit The Mount Nittany Health Foundation.
In addition, college students across Central PA can enjoy even more value during every remaining Spikes home game with the College 3-2-1 Special. The College 3-2-1 Special offers any college student presenting a valid student ID at ticket and concessions windows $3 off their seat in any ballpark section, excluding Pepsi Picnic Pavilion and suites, plus $2 medium sodas and $1 hot dogs all game long.
More highlights of the homestand include Bark in the Park presented by NEWSRADIO 1390 WRSC with Brunch at the Ballpark on "Lab-or Day" Monday, $2 Walking Taco Tuesday presented by B94.5, Half-Craft Wednesday presented by 93.7 THE BUS, and THON Night along with a Jesse James Bobblehead Giveaway presented by The Nittany Lion Inn and The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel and FIREWORKS presented by Penn State Health on Thursday.
Tickets for each of the five games in the Spikes' final regular season homestand of the year 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 Sunday via the Spikes Radio Network, presented by Penn State Sports Medicine, Official Healthcare Provider of Penn State Athletics, at 5:35 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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