BATAVIA, NY Better late than never.
Down 7-2 heading to the top of the ninth, the Jamestown Jammers exploded for seven runs in the top of the ninth to roar bast the Batavia Muckdogs 9-7 at Dwyer Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
The Jammers struck first in the top of the second. Danny Collins led off with a double and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jeff Roy. Collins would then score on a Erich Weiss ground out, staking Jamestown to the early lead.
The lead wouldn't last long.
Batavia responded with a four-spot in the bottom of the third and tacked on three more in the fifth, highlighted by an Avery Romero double that brought former Jammer Yefri Perez and Chad Wallach, who reached on an error, around to score.
In between the outbursts, the Jammers tallied a run in the fourth. Harold Ramirez singles to lead off the inning and moved to second on a caught stealing error by Batavia shortstop Javier Lopez. Ramirez came around to score on a Jin-De Jhang line drive single to center.
The score would remain 7-2 until the top half of the ninth inning.
Former Jammer James Wooster, now pitching for the Muckdogs, walked Jhang to lead off the frame but got Collins to fly out. Wooster's troubles flared though as he walked Roy, gave up a signle to Weiss to load the bases, and then walked Edwin Espinal, forcing in a run.
The Muckdogs turned to Dane Stone to try to right the ship but Elvis Escobar promptly lined an offering from Stont to right field, scoring Roy and keeping the bases loaded. Adam Frazier followed Escobar with a double that brought home Weiss and pinch-runner Jimmy Rider and Michael Fransoso capped off the rally with a three-run home run to right field to put the Jammers in front for the first time since the second.
To maintain the lead, Jamestown turned to Roberto Espinosa who earned his third save by pitching a scoreless ninth.
Jackson Lodge started the game for the Jammers and gave up four runs in three innings. Shane Carle pitched the next three frames, giving up three unearned runs. Jared Lakind and Henry Hirsch, who was credited with the win, each threw a scoreless inning to set up Espinosa for the save.
Seven of the nine Jammers starters recorded hits in the win with Fransoso and Ramirez finishing with two apiece.
First-place Jamestown moves to nine games over .500 at 22-13 with the win.
The Jammers will be home tonight, 7:05 p.m. in a tilt against the Muckdogs, before traveling to Williamsport and Auburn for two two-game series over the weekend through Monday.
Jamestown 010 100 007 - 9 9
Batavia 004 030 000 - 7 7
2b- Collins (J), Frazier (J). Hr- Fransoso (J)