NILES, Ohio - Jamestown started and finished the weekend one game under .500 after splitting a weekend road series with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
After opening the weekend in fine fashion with a 5-2 victory Saturday, Jamestown squandered an early opportunity and was defeated, 2-1, on Sunday.
Jamestown (16-17) will try to reach and surpass the .500 mark Monday when it returns to Diethrick Park for a doubleheader with the Auburn Doubledays. The first game of the twinbill will be the completion of a suspended game started on July 3. Jamestown holds a 5-2 lead in the third inning of that game.
On Sunday, the Jammers edged out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but walked away from the inning feeling like the lead could've been bigger. Matt Juengel started things with a single and Viosergy Rosa walked before a wild pitch sent the runners to second and third with nobody out.
Juengel scored on a ground ball hit by Jose Behar, but the play also resulted in two outs for the Jammers and they wouldn't score again. On the play, Behar was thrown out at first and Rosa was cut down at third and Jamestown managed only a 1-0 lead after an inning and a half.
The Scrappers were able to tie things in the fourth on an RBI single from Joe Sever and the score remained tied until the bottom of the ninth inning.
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2b-Jesus Solorzano (J), Juancito Martinez (J), Michael Main (J). 3b-Anthony Gomez (J). HR-Kentrell Dewitt, Matt Jeungel (J). WP-Ramon Del Orbe. LP-Jake Sisco. Save-Frankie Reed.
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There, Erik Gonzalez singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Hunter Jones. That brought Robel Garcia to the plate and Garcia sent a single to right that scored Gonzalez and ended the game.
Yefri Perez was the only Jamestown player with two hits in Sunday's loss. Relief pitcher Miguel Fermin was saddled with his second loss of the year.
On Saturday, the Jammers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and used a strong start from Ramon Del Orbe to get back to the .500 mark. Matt Jeungel gave Jamestown an early 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first and Kentrell Dewitt's second homer of the season made it 2-0 in the second.
The visitors added two more runs in the fourth on a Michael Main RBI double and another Juengel RBI hit and never looked back. The Scrappers added two runs in the seventh, but Juengel's big night continued with a solo homer in the eighth to close the scoring.
Juengel was the only Jammer with multiple hits, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBI. Del Orbe earned his first win, pitching six strong innings, allowing only one hit and striking out three.