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Spikes go to extras; fall in 11

UNIVERSITY PARK – In front of 3,069 fans in attendance, the Spikes gave the State College faithful all they could of asked for and then some.

However, Batavia had the Spikes number winning, 8-5.

After one of its best starts to a season, the State College Spikes finished its short series with Batavia, hoping for yet another win but instead falls to 4-3 on the young season.

After a scoreless 10th inning, the Muckdogs came up strong plating four in the inning, sparked by a single by Ryan Aper, an error on a sacrifice by Mason Davis. Aaron Blanton was hit by a pitch.

With one out, Kevin Grove brought in Aper, untying the game at 5-4.

Eric Fisher cleared the bases on a 3RBI single, upping the score to 8-4.

Going into the ninth inning the game remained tied at three and the Spikes were looking for some runs.

However, it would be Batavia that would threaten first when a strikeout went horribly wrong as it scooted away from the catcher, placing Hiram Martinez on base. He was moved up to second by a Aper sacrifice bunt. He later scored the go ahead run on an error by the Spikes third baseman.

But that wouldn’t be enough as the Muckdogs would see the Spikes rally to tie the game in the ninth.

Lebaldo Pina tied the game after he reached on a single and moved to third on a Collin Radak single. He tied the game when Robelys Reyes singled him in, sending the game into extra innings.

Early on, Batavia plated two runs putting the Spikes on the defensive and early on the responded, plating three runs in the bottom of the second.

Batavia got the scoring started in the first inning when the Dawgs got some two out lightning.

Carlos Duran kept the inning alive with a single into shallow center. Kevin Grove brought in Duran when he roped a double to the gap between left and center, making it 1-0.

Grove hustled into score on the next at bat when Eric Fisher’s sizzling single brought him home, upping it to 2-0.

After leaving the bases loaded in the first inning, State battled back in the second tying and then taking the lead, plating three.

Leobaldo Pina hustled out an infield single, sparking the team.

Collin Radack singled and advanced to second via a Batavia error. Also on the play Pina went from second to third.

Robelys Reyes followed with the second infield hit of the inning. With an error by the shortstop, both Pina and Radack scored, tying the contest.

After being sacrificed to third, Reyes scored on a wild pitch, giving the home team the 3-2 advantage.

Both teams kept each other off the scoreboard in the third and fourth innings

But in the top of the fifth, the Muckdogs were threatening again as Aaron Blaton’s single to left created a Spikes wild pitch and a balk on consecutive pitches. A second wild pitch tied the game at three when starting pitcher Dewin Perez tossed one of numerous wild pitches in the game.

Carlos Duran kept the inning going, walking to put a runner back on base.

Kevin Grove grooved a double to the left field line, advancing Duran to third.

Rowan Wick’s catch and double play to third, kept the Muckdogs from scoring, sending the game tied going into the bottom of the ninth.


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