Scrappers rally falls short, lose to Spikes 8-5
Mahoning Valley went 4-for-23 with runners in scoring position on Sunday.
NILES, OH - After a lighting delay during the game the Mahoning Valley Scrappers fought ferociously against the State a College Spikes, but fell short at the very end of the game.
The Scrappers fought hard but could not come up with the hits to produce runs against the Sikes and ended the game with an 8-5 loss.
Taylor Murphy at the bottom of the second had a single on a fly ball that Spikes short stop, third and left fielder all watched touch the ground. With a fumble by the second baseman, Murphy advanced to second while Martin Cervenka got a single with his hit.
At the top of the third, second baseman Steven Patterson, had a great foul ball catch behind first base getting the first out of the inning. Right fielder Greg Allen had a nice catch out on the field with the ball clear out to the fences. Greg Allen, at the bottom of the third, hit a double out to right field.
An amazingly fielded ball by short stop Austin Fisher, where a runner on second was halfway off the bag, so Fisher threw to third base prompting the runner to backtrack, but third baseman Yonathan Mendoza threw to second covered by Steven Patterson and got the out. Martin Cervenka at the bottom of the fourth hit a ball clear out between left and center that bounced off the fences giving him a double. Mendoza hit a ball past second bringing in a run for the Scrappers and giving him a single.
At the top of the fifth, Dominic Demasi stepped in to relieve Cameron Hill up on the mound. The Spikes are right back in it with bases loaded and a ball hit out to center fielder Bradley Zimmer who made the catch but the runner on third tagged up. The score was now all tied up. But the Scrappers only let one run past them as they shut down the inning shortly after the run was scored.
At the top of the sixth, the Spikes score two more with a homer over the fence with a runner on second making the score 3-1.
At the top of the seventh, Luis Gomez stepped in to relieve Demasi on the mound and the State College batter hit a ball over the fence bringing in himself, and another runner for two more points making the score 5-1.
At the top of the eighth, the Spikes add two more runs with a ball hit off the scoreboard counting as a home run. A ball past first baseman Leo Castillo brought in another run for the Spikes. Stepping on the mound for Gomez was Ramon Rodriquez. With runners at first and third, at the bottom of the eighth, Shane Rowland hit a ball between short stop and third bringing in a run for the Scrappers.
At the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded, Taylor Murphy hit a double bringing in the three runners for the Scrappers but the Scrappers were cut short and lost 8-5 to the State College a spikes.
After a tough time up at the plate for all the pitchers, manager Greg Hibbard said, "We just have to work on attacking hitters with some of these guys."
The Scrappers are set to play July 28 at the Eastwood field in Niles, Ohio.