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Paige homers again, but late rally falls short

Spikes drop 7-5 decision to 'Cutters on Thursday
Marques Paige (53) hits his third homer of the season in the ninth inning of Thursday night's game. (Steve Manuel)
June 10, 2021

BOX SCORE/PLAY-BY-PLAY (via PitchAware) UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Marques Paige’s two-run dinger in the ninth drew the State College Spikes close, but a big top of the ninth for the Williamsport Crosscutters enabled them to take a 7-5 decision on Thursday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Paige now

BOX SCORE/PLAY-BY-PLAY (via PitchAware)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.Marques Paige’s two-run dinger in the ninth drew the State College Spikes close, but a big top of the ninth for the Williamsport Crosscutters enabled them to take a 7-5 decision on Thursday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Paige now leads the Major League Baseball Draft League with three homers, and his third of the year traveled 391 feet over the right-center field wall off Crosscutters (9-6) reliever Owen Holt to cut a 7-3 deficit in half. The Las Vegas native has collected all three long balls in a four-game span.

Zion Pettigrew also shined on offense for the Spikes (6-8) with three hits, the last setting up Paige’s homer. Myles Austin contributed a pair of doubles and stole a base to help State College’s effort as well.

The Spikes took the opening lead in the first inning after Austin scored on a wild pitch, but fell behind 3-1 in the third after Trey Steffler’s two-run double and Noah Hemphill’s RBI single. Austin then generated another run in the third for State College by walking, advancing to second on an errant pickoff throw, stealing third and scoring on Hylan Hall’s groundout.

In the eighth, Sean Ross added a run for Williamsport with a sacrifice fly, but Curtis Washington Jr. came home on two errors in the bottom half of the frame to even up the score.

The Crosscutters broke the game open in the ninth on Michael Turconi’s two run double and another RBI single for Hemphill before the Spikes’ rally in the last at-bat.

Spikes hurler Griffin Miller (0-2) took the loss in his first start at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park this season. Miller allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five batters during the evening.

Williamsport starter Chase Costello (2-1), rated before the game as the second-best pitcher in the MLB Draft League behind State College’s Andrew Moore by Prep Baseball Report, picked up the win. Costello gave up two runs, one of them earned, on five hits, a walks and a hit batsman. The right-hander also recorded three strikeouts.

Friday, the Spikes start the second half of a six-game homestand with the opener of a three-game series against the West Virginia Black Bears at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The 6:35 p.m. matchup will feature right-hander Joe Miceli (0-1) on the mound for State College to face an as yet unannounced starter for West Virginia.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the first 250 fans will receive their choice of giveaway, while supplies last, with the Spikes Mini-Basketball/Kickball Giveaway. Plus, it’s a 4 for $44 Friday, presented by 95.3 FM 3WZ. Fans can purchase four Diamond Club or Field Box tickets, four hot dogs and four regular sodas – normally a value of $88 – for just $44.

Fans of age can also quench their thirst with the Bud Light/Yuengling Happy Hour, featuring $3 16-oz. servings of Bud Light and Yuengling from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday night’s fun features post-game FIREWORKS, presented by Boyles Insurance, on a Super Saturday presented by PA Lottery and B94.5. Fans can also win big at Baseball Bingo, with the first 10 Bingo winners entered into a drawing on August 7 for the Baseball Bingo Ultimate Prize Pack, featuring a 70-inch Ultra HD Smart TV.

It all concludes with a Sunday Funday, presented by Bigfoot Country Legends, featuring a Blair Thomas Bobblehead Giveaway for the first 250 fans. Gates will open at 3:00 p.m. for the 4:05 game against West Virginia.

Tickets for the three games remaining on the upcoming homestand, as well as every game remaining on the 2021 home schedule, are currently on sale through the Spikes Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased by calling (814) 272-1711 or by visiting the Ticket Office in person from 9 a.m. to the end of the game on gamedays Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to the end of the game on gamedays Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on non-gamedays Monday through Friday.

Fans can also buy and download single-game tickets by visiting StateCollegeSpikes.com.

Catch all of the action on Friday via the Spikes Radio Network, presented by Penn State Sports Medicine, Official Healthcare Provider of Penn State Athletics, starting with Spikes Live, presented by Mount Nittany Health, on the air from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The game can be viewed worldwide on the *MLB Draft League *streaming platform at MLBDraftLeague.com/streaming, along with the “Listen Live” link on StateCollegeSpikes.com and the *TuneIn Radio *app.

Time of Game – 3:12

Attendance – 2,039