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Tarp Skunks’ defense falters again in setback

Jamestown shortstop Julian Thompson, left, is about to tag out Batavia’s Daniel Burroway in the second inning of Thursday’s Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game at Diethrick Park. Times Observer Photo by Scott Kindberg

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Batavia sports one of the best records in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.

The Muckdogs’ lineup is fairly daunting, too.

Consequently, giving them extra outs is not advisable.

Jamestown found that out the hard way Thursday night.

The Tarp Skunks committed nine errors that led to 10 unearned runs, allowing Batavia to leave Diethrick Park after a 3- hour, 41-minute marathon with a 12-6 victory.

The win raised the Muckdogs’ record to 15-5, good enough for second place in the West Division, 2 1/2 games behind Utica (18-3). Jamestown, which is 4-5-1 in its last 10 games, fell to 12-10, 6 1/2 games out of first place.

In order to get back in the race, the Tarp Skunks will have to tighten up their defense. After scuffling mightily with the leather in a home loss to Newark on Wednesday night, it was even worse last night as they committed two errors in each of the second, fourth, sixth and seventh innings and one in the sixth.

Combine that with four hits from Daniel Burroway, three from Brian Fry (triple) and two from Josh Leadem, it was more than enough for the Muckdogs to win for the seventh time in their last 10 games.

Tyler Prospero (2-1) was the winning pitcher, working into the sixth inning. He surrendered all six Jamestown runs — two in the first, two in the third and one each in the fourth and fifth. Michael Swanson Jr. and Trey Bacon combined to work 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief.

Johnny Kampes (three RBIs) and Jordan King both had two doubles, and Yogie Hartigan and Mark Tucker each had two hits for Jamestown. Starting pitcher Eric Crouse (1-1), one of five Tarp Skunks’ pitchers, suffered the loss.

Jamestown is off today, travels to Niagara for a 1 p.m. game Saturday and then is back home for a pair of games, against Niagara at 7 p.m. Sunday (fireworks after the game) and against Auburn at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

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