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Oates shines, Rasberry leads offense despite setback

Zacchaeus Rasberry (left) scores a run for the State College Spikes in Sunday's 12-7 loss to the Williamsport Crosscutters. (Steve Manuel)
August 9, 2021

BOX SCORE/PLAY-BY-PLAY (via PitchAware) UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Dalton Oates allowed just one earned run and struck out nine batters over five strong innings, and Zacchaeus Rasberry went 3-for-5 with a double to lead the offense, but the State College Spikes took a 12-7 loss at the hands of the

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

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.Dalton Oates allowed just one earned run and struck out nine batters over five strong innings, and Zacchaeus Rasberry went 3-for-5 with a double to lead the offense, but the State College Spikes took a 12-7 loss at the hands of the Williamsport Crosscutters on Sunday evening at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Oates made his fourth straight start of five innings or more, and his second allowing one earned run or less. The Shippensburg University product reduced his ERA to 2.82, and his nine punchouts matched Andrew Moore on June 2 at Williamsport and Richie Holetz on June 18 at Williamsport for the most in a single appearance by a Spikes (25-31-3) pitcher this season.

Rasberry helped key the Spikes’ three-run game-tying surge in the third with the first of back-to-back RBI singles, and brought in another run with this single in the third.

However, Williamsport (25-29-3) used a seven-run sixth to take the lead for good, taking advantage of a batch of walks and hit batsmen, as well as a State College error.

The Spikes rallied to put the tying run on deck in the eighth after Luke Seidel’s single made it an 11-7 game, but Chase Plymell (4) notched the last two outs of that inning and kept State College off the board in the ninth to move into second place in the MLB Draft League in saves.

Spikes reliever Darryl Loyd III (0-1) took the loss in his pitching debut with the club after allowing two walks and hitting three batters, all of whom scored, in the sixth.

Taiga Yamane (3-0) started and went 6 1/3 innings on the mound to earn the win for the Crosscutters. Yamane threw 108 pitches in the effort, which was the longest for any pitcher at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park this year. The right-hander gave up a total of five runs, four of them earned, on six hits, two walks and a hit batsman while striking out seven batters.

The game was delayed 47 minutes at the outset by rain showers passing through the State College area.

After an off day on Monday, the Spikes are scheduled to go on the road to visit the Frederick Keys for games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Spikes will then come back home on Thursday to start the final homestand of the 2021 season with the opener of a two-game series against Williamsport. The 6:35 p.m. game will feature LuCKy’s Kia Lease Giveaway on Fan Appreciation Night presented by Lion Country Kia, where one “LuCKy” fan from the thousands of entries received throughout the season will drive away with a three-year lease on a brand new Kia.

Plus, it’s Bellefonte Community Night, celebrating the seat of Centre County and the home of seven governors, with a FREE Kids Zone! presented by Friends of Jake Corman. The Spikes will also welcome the Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce out for an After Hours event at the ballpark during the game.

The fun also includes Thirsty Thursday, with $2 16-oz. select drafts and $3 16-oz. craft drafts available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The 2021 season concludes on Friday with a 6:35 p.m. game featuring a FIREWORKS From the Field GRAND FINALE EXTRAVAGANZA presented by Starfire Corporation, the official FIREWORKS provider of the Spikes throughout the 2021 season. All fans are invited to come down onto the outfield grass for an unprecedented view of the enhanced and lengthened FIREWORKS show to take the season out with a bang.

Additionally, fans who were part of the historic, record crowd of 7,183 on July 4 can relive that spirit with a $4 ticket discount for each of the remaining home games. The $4 discount, which excludes seats in the Geisinger Champions Club and Pepsi Picnic Pavilion, can be claimed by presenting a digital or printed ticket from the Spikes’ Fourth of July game at the Spikes Ticket Office.

Tickets for both home games on Thursday and Friday 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 Thursday 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.

Attendance: 3,005

Time of Game: 3:26