Spikes drop 7-1 decision
STATE COLLEGE, PA-The Spikes wore special hemp jerseys on Going Green Night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, but they weren't enough as State College fell to Tri-City, 7-1.
Tri-City (12-18) took the lead for good in the fifth inning. Danny Meier snapped a 1-1 tie with a sacrifice fly. Then, with one out, T.J. Steele lifted a three-run homer to complete a four-run ValleyCat fifth. Tri-City then got two more runs in the sixth to give the game its final score.
For State College (7-22), Cole White extended his consecutive-game hit streak to 14 with a single in the fifth inning. The streak is now the longest current string in the New York-Penn League.
Ryan Kelly started for the Spikes and went four innings, striking out a season-high six while allowing a run on two hits. The six strikeouts set a season high for any Spikes pitcher in a single appearance.
The Spikes scored in the fourth inning when Jeremy Ferrell tripled off of the 375-foot marker in right-center field. Butch Biela then drove in Ferrell with a single to left.
Biela went 2-for-4 in the game with a double to extend his streak of consecutive games with a hit to eight.
For some of the 4,047 fans in attendance, the game produced special souvenirs on Going Green Night presented by Wildlife for Everyone. The hemp jerseys that the Spikes wore for the game were auctioned off, and the winning fans for each jersey had them personally signed and presented by each player.
Tri-City's J.B. Shuck finished a homer shy of the cycle with his 3-for-4 performance.
Shane Wolf (1-1) started and picked up the win for the ValleyCats with five innings of work. Wolf allowed one run on four hits while striking out two. Kirkland Rivers got his first save of the year for Tri-City by finishing the final 3.1 innings and allowing no runs.
Gary Amato (1-2) was assessed the loss after allowing the Steele home run. Amato finished his two innings of work with six runs on eight hits against him.
Saturday night, the Spikes start a pair of weekend games with the Jamestown Jammers at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. State College will send Brian Leach (0-0) to the mound. Leach last started at Oneonta July 7, allowing one unearned run over five innings and leaving with the game tied. Jamestown will go with left-hander Daniel Jennings (0-1). Jennings has struck out 18 and walked just 3 in 14.2 innings of work.
The first 2,000 fans at Saturday's game will receive Nookie Monster Banks presented by Nittany Bank on Military Appreciation Night.
Catch all the action on flagship station 3WZ at 95.3 FM and the Spikes Radio Network, starting at 6:35 with the Spikes GameDay Show live from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
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