Scrappers shut out in season finale, 5-0
STATE COLLEGE - The Scrappers and Spikes finished what they started way back in June on Wednesday, squaring off one final time to close out the 2012 season.
For the Scrappers, the end of the season couldn’t have come soon enough. With many of their top players, including Charlie Valerio, Joey Wendle, and Tyler Naquin joining the Captains in Lake County for the playoffs, those that remained were forced to finish what has been an awful stretch of baseball. The Scrappers entered the finale on a five game slide, and just 1-9 in their last ten games to cap off a terrible second half of 2012.
It didn’t get better Wednesday. Instead of exiting on a high note, they finished the season on an exceptionally sour one, getting shutout by a combination of four State College pitchers to finish the season carrying the baggage of a six-game losing streak. Those four pitchers were Luis Heredia, Kevin Kleis, Byton Trepagnier, and John Kuchno, who collectively held the Scrapper bats to just five hits. Of those five hits, Dorssys Paulino and Jeremy Lucas had two each, with both collecting a single and a double. The other hit was a Jorge Martinez two-bagger. Logan Vick was the only other baserunner, collecting the only walk of the game for the Scrappers.
Unfortunately for the offense, those six baserunners were scattered across five separate innings. The seventh inning provided the only promise, when Lucas singled andMartinez doubled with one out, but a pair of strikeouts ended their only chance.
As for the Spikes, they got started early and didn’t let up. Luis Morel toed the rubber in the final contest of the year, and turned in a start that perfectly exemplified how his season has gone. In his last ten starts including Wednesday, Morel has given up 55 hits and 25 runs in 43 ininings, and batters are hitting .299 against him. On Wednesday, it was four runs and nine hits in five innings. For his effort he would earn the loss to finish at 2-6 on the year.
After Morel left, Luis Encarnacion allowed one run in two innings of work to make it 5-0. Then Harold Guerroro entered to pitch the ninth, striking out all three batters he faced.
And with that loss, the Scrappers close out their 2012campaign with a record of 30 wins and 45 losses. That record places them fourth in the Pickney Division of the NYPL, just percentage points ahead of Williamsport. This is the second-worst record the Scrappers have had, better only than 2002 when they finished 26-49.
With the season ending, the focus of the prospects will now shift to the offseason, where many of the former Scrappers will attend the Arizona Instructional League beginning later this month.