Spikes fall in penultimate game of 2023 season

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Logan Mathieu, seen here at a previous Spikes home game this summer, hit a game-tying, ground-rule double in the eighth inning on Friday night, but the Mahoning Valley Scrappers ultimately prevailed, 8-6.|Art or Photo Credit: Steve Manuel


NILES, Ohio – The State College Spikes battled back from 4-0 and 6-4 deficits to tie the game twice, but Garett Wallace hit a two-run double in the eighth inning for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers to give them an 8-6 victory in the next-to-last game of the 2023 regular season.

Brennen Dorighi and Logan Mathieu each clubbed ground-rule doubles to scoring tying runs, with Dorighi’s in the third inning and Mathieu’s in the eighth. Dorighi, Josh Leslie, Braedon Blackford and Ryan Guardino all recorded multi-hit games for the Spikes (23-23 2nd Half).

Jacob Bruning kept the Spikes in the game with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing no hits and just three walks while striking out two batters. Eric Waldichuk (0-1) took the loss after yielding both Mahoning Valley (18-26 2nd Half) runs in the eighth.

Jake Dahle (2-1) picked up the win for the Scrappers despite allowing Mathieu’s game-tying double in the eighth. Peter Allegro (4) pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save.

Saturday, the Spikes complete the 2023 season with a 7:05 p.m. matchup against the Scrappers at Eastwood Field. State College is slated to send right-hander Derrick Cherry (4-2) to the mound, while Mahoning Valley has not yet determined a starter.

While the Spikes’ 2023 home schedule is complete, you can make your plans to be at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park this Labor Day weekend as the ballpark will host Happy Valley Music Fest, produced by Chautauqua Region Music Alliance, on Sunday, September 3. **The Dirty Dozen Brass Band **will headline the lineup along with Vanessa Collier for the return of this community concert event, with local favorites Donny Burns & the Third Degree, **Chris Bell Band **and **Sidewinder **rounding out the bill.

All tickets for the **Happy Valley Music Fest **at **Medlar Field at Lubrano Park **will be in digital form and are now on sale at StateCollegeSpikes.com. The stage for **Happy Valley Music Fest **will be on the field, with general admission digital tickets available for $20 with access to the field as well as seats in the main seating bowl. 

The full slate of concessions will be available at the ballpark for fans throughout the event, with ballpark gates opening at 12:30 p.m.

Parking is available in the Porter North, Jordan East, and Stadium West parking lots. Parking can be purchased in advance until Saturday, September 2 at 11:59 p.m. for $5.50 at https://psu.parkmobile.io/medlar-field-lubrano-park.  Day of parking will be available for $10 at the above link, and at ParkMobile Zone 95112.  Penn State parking permits are valid in the commuter lots at no additional charge.

Catch all the action of the Spikes’ game on Saturday as the game can be viewed worldwide on the MLB Draft League streaming platform at MLBDraftLeague.com/streaming.