Mahoning Valley Scrappers lose in extras to Jamestown, 6-4
NILES, Ohio – Although they were played aggressive the Scrappers turned up short with a loss, 6-4, against the Jamestown Jammers Thursday.
The Scrappers’ Kieran Lovegrove started off rocky, but he settled into a groove.
"You know I thought Lovey kinda had an in groove and then he fell apart and then he found it again,” manager Gregg Hibbard said. “He did a decent job keeping the ball down, he's just working on a delivery thing that comes and goes."
In the bottom of the second inning, Taylor Murphy stepped up to the plate and hit a solid fly ball out to left field that gave him a double. Teammate Shane Rowland hit a fly ball to right field to drive Murphy in. Austin Fisheradvanced Rowland to second with a ground ball driven past third baseman Chase Simpson. The Scrappers’ offense did not stop there as Drake Roberts hit a fly ball to right field bringing in another run.
It was the top of the third and Michael Suchy was up for the Jammers and he hit a ball to second baseman Steve Patterson who decided to get the out and threw to first. That brought in the first run for the Jammers. Kevin Krausestepped up and hit a long fly ball out to right fielder Taylor a Murphy who gave it his best effort, but he ran into the fence behind the field; this led to another Jammer score, making it 2-2.
At the top of the seventh short stop, Austin Fisher stopped the advancement of the Jammers runner on third from scoring. He fielded the routine grounder hit to him by Carl Anderson then threw the ball to Francisco Mejia. He blocked the runner who came in sliding, stopping a run. At the bottom of the sixth Greg Allen got hit with a pitch and took his base, but he did not just take first. He led off at first and did not stop. He stole second, outrunning the throw from catcher Kevin Krause to short stop Tyler Filliben. A wild pitch escaped the Jammers’ pitcher Jerry Muldering and the Scrappers’ runner took full advantage by coming in to score.
It was the top of the eighth and Jordan Carter, for the Scrappers, came in to relieve David Speer as pitcher. Taylor Gushue for the Jammers was occupying third when his teammate hit a ball out to center fielder Greg Allen who caught the ball. Gushue tagged up and ran home evening up the score to 3-3.
At the top of the 10th, James Stokes came in to relieve Jordan Carter for the Scrappers. Chase Simpson hit a two-run triple to bust the game open in extras. Then a wild pitch got away from Mejia, which gave Simpson a chance to score himself. The Jammers were up, 6-3.
The Scrappers are set to play Jamestown Jammers Friday at home.