Scrappers blow large lead, but rally for walkoff 8-7 win
Niles, OH - The Mahoning Valley Scrappers saw their early 6-1 lead disappear thanks to a five fun 6th inning for the Jamestown Jammers. The Scrappers though would battle back to tie the game in the 7th inning and then would win it in the bottom of the 9th inning on Francisco Mejia’s RBI single.
The Scrappers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st inning. Greg Allen and Bradley Zimmer would each walk to reach. Mejia would then triple to bring in both runners.
Mejia would strike again in the bottom of the 3rd inning. With one out and Allen and Zimmer again on base via walks, Mejia would double to drive in both for a 4-1 lead. Mejia would also score on Taylor Murphy’s infield single.
Austin Fisher started the bottom of the 4th inning by connecting on his first professional home run, a solo shot to the bullpen in rightfield for a 6-2 lead.
The Jammers would storm back to take the lead in the top of the 6th inning by scoring five runs. The big blow for the Jammers came from Michael Suchy. Suchy would triple to left field to score Jordan Luplow and Taylor Gushue to give the Jammers a 7-6 lead.
Mahoning Valley tied the game in the bottom of the 7th inning. Steven Patterson singled to start the inning and advanced to second when Zimmer was hit by a pitch. A single from Leo Castillo would load the bases. Patterson would then score on a fielder’s choice from Murphy.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, Zimmer would reach on a throwing error with one out. Zimmer would then steal second and advance to third when the throw got into centerfield. Mejia then singled on a 2-1 pitch past a drawn in infield to score Zimmer and end the game.
Sean Brady started for the Scrappers and went 5 innings. He allowed 2 runs, both earned, on 7 hits. Brady walked 3 and struck out 2. Anthony Vizcaya would then go just 0.2 of an inning. He allowed 4 runs, all earned, on 3 hits. He walked 1 as well. Cortland Cox would follow with 1.1 inning in relief. Cox allowed 1 run on 4 hits. He struck out 2. Dominic DeMasi would pitch a perfect 8th inning, striking out 2. JP Feyereisen (3-0) then pitched a perfect 9th inning to pick up the win.
The Scrappers will look for the two game sweep on Thursday night at 7:05.