STATE COLLEGE - A five-run eighth inning doomed the Jamestown Jammers' chances of winning during a 6-2 loss to the State College Spikes Friday at Medlar Field.
Coming off a loss to Tri-City, the Jammers (26-22) had hoped to make up ground in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division by beating up on the last-place Spikes. Instead, they lost for the second straight night and will have to try to rebound Saturday at State College. Jamestown, now three games back in fourth place, will return home Sunday to complete the four-game home and home with the Spikes (18-30).
Charles Wier (3-1) was roughed up in the eighth inning, allowing five runs on four hits in just one-third of an inning. RBI singles by Derek Trent, Ashley Ponce and Wes Freeman as well as a bases loaded walk drawn by Junior Soesa and an unearned run helped the Spikes turn a 2-1 deficit in the bottom of the eighth into a 6-2 lead that would prove to be the final margin.
The Jammers had eight hits in Friday's loss. Pedro Mendoza and Rand Smith led the club with two each and Ryan Goetz, Terrence Dayleg, Brian McConkey and Jobduan Morales all pitched in with one hit apiece.
Jamestown scored first in Friday's affair, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. With one out, Morales and Mendoza delivered back-to-back singles. Morales eventually scored on one of two State College errors on the evening.
The Spikes tied the game in the fifth on the strength of an RBI single by Sosa. However, Jamestown pulled back ahead in the top of the eighth by rallying with two outs. McConkey earned a walk and moved to third on a Smith single. Kentrell DeWitt walked to load the bases and McConkey raced home on a wild pitch with Morales at the dish.
That was where things went sour for the Grapes. The Spikes exploded for five runs off Wier in the bottom of that same inning and the Jammers lost to the Spikes for just the second time this year.
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WP-Josh Poytress. LP-Charles Wier.