(Trenton, NJ) – The State College Spikes pitched incredibly well during their three day stay at Trenton Thunder Ballpark, surrendering a sum of two runs on just 10 singles over the course of 23 innings. After the teams played to a 0-0 tie in a seven-inning game on Wednesday night,
(Trenton, NJ) – The State College Spikes pitched incredibly well during their three day stay at Trenton Thunder Ballpark, surrendering a sum of two runs on just 10 singles over the course of 23 innings. After the teams played to a 0-0 tie in a seven-inning game on Wednesday night, the Thursday finale unloaded all the action early on as the teams played a 29-minute first inning. But the Spikes scored three runs in the second to break a 2-2 tie and go ahead for good, leaving with a convincing 8-2 win in front of a crowd of 2,530.
Both starters eventually settled in despite a cluttered first inning for both sides. Thunder righthander Colin Kennedy loaded the bases to begin his night on a pair of singles and a walk. With the bases full of Spikes, Brian Morrell rolled a grounder to second baseman Dante Leach, who stepped on the bag for the out before throwing wide of first. The play produced a 2-0 lead for the Spikes, although Kennedy responded with back-to-back strikeouts to retire the side.
Trenton finally scored its first runs of the series in the home half, loading the bases with no outs against Louis Davenport III. Jordan Wiley opened the inning with a walk and Amir Wright backed him up with a single before Andrew Cossetti drew a walk. Davenport got Nathaniel Butterworth to bounce into a 4-6-3 double play and a groundball to first base off the bat of Jeff Manto should have retired the side. Instead, Marques Paige’s toss to Davenport at the bag was off the mark, allowing Wright to score the tying run.
Davenport allowed just one more single the rest of the way when Wright got aboard to lead off the sixth inning. The Spikes starter took care of the next three Thunder hitters, ending his evening with back-to-back strikeouts to finish with eight. State College struck three more times in the top of the second, getting a two-run single from Brady Brecklin and another single from Morrell for a 5-2 lead.
Kennedy got a 5-4-3 double play to end the second and coasted through his last three innings without allowing a baserunner. He finished with seven strikeouts and set the tone for Jake Simon, who promptly fanned the side in the top of the sixth. Cameron Lee scored right away after a leadoff triple in the seventh and the Spikes put it away for good with two more runs in the eighth on a Zacchaeus Rasberry double and a wild pitch. State College’s bullpen trio was perfect as Trae Robertson, Drew Garrett, and Austin Cheeley covered the last nine outs without allowing a Thunder batter to reach.
The Trenton Thunder wrap up the MLB Draft League’s inaugural season at Trenton Thunder Ballpark all week long. The homestand continues on Friday, August 6 at 6:00 PM with a weekend series against the Frederick Keys, featuring the final Fireworks Show of the 2021 season, presented by NJM Insurance Group. To purchase tickets, call (609)-394-3300, Opt 4 or visit trentonthunder.com.
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The Trenton Thunder have drawn over 10 million fans over 28 years and have won the three major awards that Minor League Baseball teams can win; the Johnson Trophy for the "Nation's Best Franchise" (2005), the Larry MacPhail Trophy for Outstanding Club Promotion (2003) and the Bob Frietas Award for Long-Term Success (1998, given by Baseball America). The team has given back over $7.5 million worth of goods, services, and monetary donations through Trenton Thunder Charities, under the Grand Slam We Care Foundation umbrella. The Thunder can be found online at trentonthunder.com, facebook.com/trentonthunder, twitter.com/trentonthunder, and on youtube.com/AATrentonThunder.