Spikes Take Fourth Win in Last Five Games, Down Crosscutters, 6-4
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The State College Spikes kept the FIREWORKS going at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Saturday night as Max Guadalupe hit a go-ahead double in the sixth and fans enjoyed FIREWORKS From the Field for the second straight night after a 6-4 win over the Williamsport Crosscutters.
The victory was the Spikes' (21-25) fourth in their last five games and put them back into third place in the Major League Baseball Draft League, 9 Â1/2 games of Trenton and West Virginia.
Following the game, Spikes fans were thrilled by a fantastic FIREWORKS show presented by the Central PA Autism Community, and the outfield grass was filled with a plethora of fans for the second of the five FIREWORKS From the Field opportunities available down the homestretch of the 2021 schedule.
Guadalupe, a Brooklyn native out of Lincoln University in Philadelphia, plated Brady Brecklin with his double to left field in the sixth to snap a 4-4 tie. The Spikes catcher then scored on the front end of a double steal despite Zacchaeus Rasberry getting caught at second.
Hylan Hall turned in another outstanding performance, going 1-for-5 with a RBI double at the plate and scoring a run. Hall also made a spectacular diving catch while manning right field in the top of the sixth to keep it a tie game.
Trent Lewis knocked in a pair of runs and collected two hits for State College, while Marques Paige drove in a run with a first-inning sacrifice fly.
Williamsport (19-23) took the opening lead on Rob Marinec's sacrifice fly in the first. Marinec also drove in a run with a ground-rule double in the third, while Alec Burns added a two-run double in the same frame.
Trae Robertson (2-0) picked up the win in relief for the Spikes with three scoreless innings. Robertson allowed four hits and struck out two batters. Ryan Linkletter then retired six straight batters over two stanzas before Austin Cheeley (2) staved off the Crosscutters with a two-hit ninth for the save.
David Stiehl (0-2) took the loss for the Crosscutters after allowing two runs on three hits and a walk over 1 1/3 innings. Stiehl struck out two batters in the process.
The Spikes and Crosscutters finish off their three-game set on Sunday as the scene shifts to Muncy Bank Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport. Right-hander Griffin Miller (1-3) is slated to make his first start on the mound for State College since the MLB Draft. Williamsport's starter is still to be determined.
Following an off day on the schedule Monday, the Spikes return home for a three-game series against the Trenton Thunder from Tuesday through Thursday. Highlights include the third Bark in the Park Night of the season on a $2 Tuesday presented by WOWY, Ladies Night and FREE First Responders Night on a Wine Wednesday presented by Seven Mountains Wine Cellars, and Golf Night on a Thirsty Thursday.
Spikes fans will also have more chance to carry the spirit of a historic, record-breaking Fourth of July forward with three more editions of FIREWORKS From the Field in August and a $4 ticket discount to all remaining Spikes home games with a Fourth of July ticket.
Alll fans are invited to come down onto the field for an unprecedented view of the three remaining newly enhanced and lengthened FIREWORKS shows from the Spikes and their official FIREWORKS provider, Starfire Corporation.
Additionally, fans who were part of the historic, record crowd of 7,183 on July 4 can relive that spirit with a $4 ticket discount for all ten remaining home games. The $4 discount, which excludes seats in the Geisinger Champions Club and Pepsi Picnic Pavilion, can be claimed by presenting a digital or printed ticket from the Spikes' Fourth of July game at the Spikes Ticket Office.
Tickets for this week's home series, all three remaining FIREWORKS From the Field dates, and all eight games remaining on the 2021 home schedule are currently on sale through the Spikes Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased by calling (814) 272-1711 or by visiting the Ticket Office in person from 9 a.m. to the end of the game on gamedays Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to the end of the game on gamedays Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on non-gamedays Monday through Friday.
Fans can also buy and download single-game tickets by visiting StateCollegeSpikes.com.
Catch all of the action on Tuesday via the Spikes Radio Network, presented by Penn State Sports Medicine, Official Healthcare Provider of Penn State Athletics, starting with Spikes Live, presented by Mount Nittany Health, on the air from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The game can be viewed worldwide on the MLB Draft League streaming platform at MLBDraftLeague.com/streaming, along with the "Listen Live" link on StateCollegeSpikes.com and the TuneIn Radio app.
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