Tarp Skunks win exhibition opener

OBSERVER Photo by Scott Kindberg Jamestown Tarp Skunks shortstop Grady Mee comes up throwing to first base during Thursday’s exhibition collegiate wood bat league game against the Olean Oilers at Diethrick Park in Jamestown.

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — For the record, Jamestown won Thursday night’s collegiate wood bat league exhibition game against Olean 7-4.

And while the final score didn’t really mean anything — the Tarp Skunks don’t open their Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League season until Saturday in Newark — Coach Jordan Basile and the crowd of 900 at Diethrick Park came away pretty impressed with the defensive effort.

Especially by shortstop Grady Mee and center fielder Matthew Best.

Both turned in spectacular plays early in the game — Mee’s in the first inning with the bases loaded and Best’s came in the third — to highlight the win against the Oilers, who play in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.

Tommy Googins, Drew Garth, Cooper Munroe and Even Fragela each drove in a run for Jamestown while seven different pitchers took the mound.

Warren native Ryan Rafalski worked out of a jam in the top of the seventh inning by getting a groundball forceout, with Mee, fittingly, being credited with an assist.

Playing out of Western Michigan University, Mee was smooth as could be at shortstop, highlighted by a brilliant play in the top of the first inning when he ranged far to his left and made a strong throw to first to record the third out that left the bases loaded.

Meanwhile, Best, who plays for the University of Maryland Baltimore County, showed off his defensive prowess two innings later when made a back-to-the infield diving catch to prevent an extra-base hit.

It’s only one game, but Basile, who played everyone on the roster, has to go into today’s off day feeling pretty good.


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