JAMESTOWN, N.Y. - The Jamestown Jammers saw their New York-Penn League season opening game spoiled by the visiting Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 8-5, Monday at Diethrick Park.
The Scrappers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, hitting Jammers starter Helpi Reyes early and often. However, the Jammers would respond nicely with three unanswered runs in the third and fourth innings to tie the game at 3-3.
In the third, Kentrell DeWitt led the inning off with a double and scored on a two-out double by Anthony Gomez.
Times Observer photo by Mitchell Wilston
Jamestown Jammers outfielder Jesus Solorzano takes a cut at a Mahoning Valley pitch during the third inning of the Jammers’ season-opening New York-Penn Baseball League game Monday at Diethrick Park in Jamestown. The Scrappers ruined the?Jammers’ season opener by handing Jamestown an 8-5 loss. For a game story, see page B-4.
In the fourth, DeWitt again doubled, bringing home both Viosergy Rosa and Jesus Solorzano to make it 3-3.
After falling behind 4-3 in the top of the fifth, Jamestown quickly made it 4-4 when the Scrappers committed a throwing error after a Matt Juengel single.
The turning point of the game came in the sixth inning when the Scrappers plated three runners to take a 7-4 lead. All three runs came on one big hit as Juan Romero drove a three-run homer over the center field fence.
Mahon. Valley 120 013 010 - 8 10 1
Jamestown 001 210 010 - 5 7 3
2b-Kentrell DeWitt (J) 2, Anthony Gomez (J), Jose Ramirez (M). 3b-Erik Gonzalez (M), Hunter Jones (M). HR-Juan Romero (M) 2. WP-Luis Morel. LP-Beau Wright. Save-Enosil Tejada.
After allowing another run in the top of the eighth on another Romero homer, the Jammers got an RBI single from Juancito Martinez in the bottom of the inning to make it 8-5, but that was as close as Jamestown would get.
Gomez and DeWitt led Jamestown with two hits each. Juengel, Solorzano and Martinez also had hits in the loss.
Beau Wright allowed four runs on three hits in two innings and was saddled with the loss.
The Jammers (0-1) will look to earn the season's first win Tuesday when they again host Mahoning Valley at 7:05 p.m.
The team's first road trip of the season is scheduled to get underway on Wednesday with the Jammers visiting the home park of the Scrappers in Niles, Ohio.