Mahoning Valley Scrappers held by State College in 8-2 loss
State College, PA-The Mahoning Valley Scrappers went into Thursday night’s game at State College looking to pick up a series win against the Spikes. A six run 3rd inning for the Spikes was too much to overcome as the Scrappers drop the series with an 8-2 final.
The Spikes would grab an early lead in the bottom of the 1st inning after the Scrappers left the bases loaded in the top half of the inning. Darren Seferina started the inning with a single and then stole second. After moving to third on a fly out, Seferina would score on Alex De Leon’s RBI sac fly.
State College would put the game out of reach with a six run bottom half of the 3rd inning. The big hit of the inning coming from Nick Thompson. Thompson blasted a two run homerun to centerfield. Brian O’Keefe and Jhohan Acevedo would each contribute with RBI singles as well.
The Scrappers would finally get on the board in the top of the 6th inning. With one out, Austin Fisher would single. Fisher would move to second on Yonathan Mendoza’s single. Greg Allen would drive in Fisher with an RBI single with two outs. The run cut the deficit to 8-1.
Mahoning Valley would add one final run in the top of the 9th inning. Allen started the inning by singling. He would move to second base on a catcher’s indifference. A two out single from Leo Castillo would bring in Allen for a final score of 8-2. The RBI for Castillo was his 38th of the season, moving him into 2nd place in the NYPL.
Juan Santana (0-7) started for the Scrappers. He went just 3 innings while allowing 7 runs, all earned on 8 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 1 while taking the loss. Justin Garcia would follow with 2 innings of relief. He allowed 1 run on 4 hits. Garcia walked 1 and struck out 2. Cortland Cox would then go 2 perfect innings. He struck out 3.Dominic DeMasi pitched the final inning. He allowed 1 hit, walked 1, and struck out 1.
The Scrappers now return to Eastwood Field for a 7:05 game on Friday night. If you can’t be at Eastwood Field or on the road, catch all the Scrappers games this season with Tim Pozsgai on Sports Radio 1240 AM.