WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The State College Spikes scored twice in the eighth inning, once on a bases-loaded walk drawn by Brock Reller and again on a Devin Buckner sacrifice fly, to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 win over the Williamsport Crosscutters on Sunday to clinch
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The State College Spikes scored twice in the eighth inning, once on a bases-loaded walk drawn by Brock Reller and again on a Devin Buckner sacrifice fly, to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 win over the Williamsport Crosscutters on Sunday to clinch a three-game series sweep at Muncy Bank Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.
The Spikes (13-9 2nd half) finally broke through against Williamsport (12-8 2nd half) starter Matt Gilbertson (2-1) to start their rally. Gilbertson, who had allowed just one run on four hits over the first seven innings, gave up a leadoff single to Colin Adams before recording his eighth strikeout of the game against Dawson Bailey and letting up another single to DeAndre Shelton.
The Crosscutters then turned to reliever Jesse Bolt, and Trent Taylor greeted him with a line-drive single to center field that loaded the bases. After the walk to Reller tied the game, Buckner followed one batter later with a fly ball to center field that scored Shelton.
Taylor delivered two hits to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest such string in the MLB Draft League this season. Reller also increased his own hit streak to 11 games with a single in the fourth.
Will Lancaster then blanked Williamsport in a one-hit eighth inning before Tristen Hudson (4) closed out the win with two groundouts and a strikeout to earn the save.
Buckner drove in two of the Spikes’ three runs, adding a two-out single to left in the fourth for the first State College tally.
Williamsport had taken the lead on E.J. Taylor’s single to center field to bring home Travis Holt in the sixth. Taylor also brought in the other Crosscutters run with a double to right-center field in the fourth.
Spikes starter Brendan Knoll turned in another good outing, yielding two runs on seven hits and two hit bastsmen over 5 1/3 innings. Knoll also notched three strikeouts.
With the win, the Spikes knocked the Crosscutters out of first place in the MLB Draft League second-half standings with 18 games remaining on the regular season schedule. West Virginia, already with the first-half crown in hand, is now leading both State College and Williamsport by a game.
Should West Virginia also win the second-half title as well, the second-place team in the second half will face them in the MLB Draft League Championship Game on Tuesday, September 6 at Monongalia County Ballpark in Granville, W.Va.
After a leaguewide off day on Monday, the Spikes will head to Ohio for a three-game series against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers starting on Tuesday. Pitchers for the 7:05 p.m. series opener at Eastwood Field have not yet been determined for either team.
Following the mid-week set, the Spikes return home for a three-game series against the Crosscutters at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park from Friday, August 19 through Sunday, August 21.
The series will feature another chance for fans to see FIREWORKS from the Field, as College Township presents the spectacular post-game show on Saturday, August 20. It’s also Space Night on the same date, with a Post-Game Rocket Launch.
More highlights include Heroes Night and Make-A-Wish Night on a 4 for $44 Friday presented by 95.3 3WZ on the 19th, another Super Saturday presented by the PA Lottery and B94.5 along with Baseball Bingo on the 20th, and Witches & Wizards Night on a Sunday Funday presented by Bigfoot Country Legends as part of a 4:05 p.m. game on the 21st. Plus, after all three games will be Kids Run the Bases Home Run Edition presented by Mount Nittany Health.
Tickets for the upcoming homestand, as well as all 11 remaining games on the Spikes’ biggest regular season home schedule in franchise history, including all three remaining FIREWORKS from the Field shows, are available now. Tickets can be purchased by calling (814) 272-1711 or by visiting the Spikes Ticket Office in person from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Fans can also buy and download single-game tickets, and view the full 2022 promotional schedule, at the only source for authentic Spikes tickets online by visiting StateCollegeSpikes.com.
More ticket packages, including Flex Books and an array of group and hospitality options for the 2022 season, are currently on sale by calling the Spikes at (814) 272-1711. Additional information on all club ticketing options, as well as team news and schedule info, can be viewed at StateCollegeSpikes.com.
Catch all the action of the Spikes’ game on Tuesday via the Spikes Radio Network presented by Penn State Sports Medicine, Official Healthcare Provider of Penn State Athletics with Joe Putnam on the call. The broadcast starts with Spikes Live! presented by Mount Nittany Health, on the air from Eastwood Field at 6:50 p.m.
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.