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Spikes explode for 17 runs

UNIVERSITY PARK – It’s a record!

Fear the Deer!!

It didn’t take long for the first place State College Spikes to show why they are sporting an impressive 28-12 record in the New York Penn League as they picked up an early homerun by Alex DeLeon while 4553 State College faithful looked on, en route to their 29th victory.

Friday night’s victim was the Auburn Doubledays where they posted a 17-4 victory.

The runs were the most ever by a Spikes team beating a 16-0 victory over TrI-Valley.

However, it was the State College defense that sparkled in the opening inning as the Spikes got strong catches from starting pitcher Dewin Perez and centerfielder Collin Radack.

State College broke the game open in the bottom of the third inning, plating six runs.

Collin Radack led off the inning with a single but went down going to second on a fielders choice by Darren Seferina.

Robelys Reyes smoked a single into right field  allowing Seferina to slide in safely at third. He then scored on an Auburn wild pitch.

On the wild pitch, Reyes advanced to second and then moved up to third on a single by Danny Diekroeger.

After his first inning homerun, Auburn walked DeLeon to load the bases.

Jake Stone picked up an RBI the easy way, walking on five pitches, making it 4-0.

A catcher’s interference allowed Nick Thompson to reach base and DeLeon to score, upping it to 5-0.

With still only one out, Chase Raffield exploded with a 3-RBI double to the gap in right centerfield, continuing the scoring at 8-0.

Every player in the Spikes line up scored a run in the inning and when the dust settled, State College brought a total of 15th to the plate in the third.

Going into the fourth, Perez had not allowed a Doubleday hit, allowing only a walk.

However, that would all change as Auburn battled back

After a walk to lead off hitter Bryan Langlois, Auburn picked up its first hit in the top of the fourth as Brandon Miller and Raudy Read picked up consecutive hits to load the bases.

Later in the inning, the Doubledays got on the scoreboard when Diomedes Eusebio bounced into a double play ball that allowed Langlois to score.

Dale Carey picked up the team’s first RBI of the game when he hit one down the rightfield line, making it 11-2.

Garrett Gordon’s chopper to deep secondbase, allowed Carey to cut the Spikes lead to 11-3.

After being held scoreless in the bottom of the fourth, the Spikes defense came out big again in the top of the fifth, forcing three consecutive fly outs. Highlighting the inning was a second diving catch by Radack.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Spikes threatened again thanks to a double by DeLeon and a single by Stone. When Chase Raffield walked, State College was on the verge of plating more runs.

When the dust settled in the inning, the Spikes added more insurance runs to their lead leading 13-3.

Auburn tried to pick some runs in the ninth and were successful, picking up one.

Both teams will meet again Saturday night with a 7:05 first pitch. The Spikes will be looking to keep their first place run going.



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