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Spikes take sudden-death win from Crosscutters

Josh Madole delivered the game-winning hit in the MLB Draft League Sudden Death Tiebreaker to give the Spikes a 5-4 win on Wednesday night in Williamsport. (State College Spikes)
August 4, 2022

BOX SCORE PLAY-BY-PLAY (Records for the Sudden Death Tiebreaker are not currently included in official game records on the box score and play-by-play, pending further evaluation by the MLB Draft League) WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – After trailing the Williamsport Crosscutters 4-1 in the fifth inning, the State College Spikes came back

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(Records for the Sudden Death Tiebreaker are not currently included in official game records on the box score and play-by-play, pending further evaluation by the MLB Draft League)

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – After trailing the Williamsport Crosscutters 4-1 in the fifth inning, the State College Spikes came back to tie the game on Devin Buckner’s RBI double in the eighth and force the MLB Draft League Sudden Death Tiebreaker, where Josh Madole’s single scored DeAndre Shelton to give the Spikes a 5-4 win on Wednesday night at Muncy Bank Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

The Spikes (7-5 2nd half) opened the Sudden Death Tiebreaker with Brody Perkes on first base, needing to score a run before three outs were made. After Nick Gile hit into a fielder’s choice that erased Perkes, Shelton pinch-ran for Gile and stole second base. Following an intentional walk to Buckner, Madole took a 1-1 pitch from Williamsport (7-3 2nd half) reliever Cristian Lopez down the right-field line to bring in Shelton for the game-winner.

Buckner, making his debut for the Spikes at catcher, drove in Perkes with a single up the middle in the sixth to draw State College within 4-2 before his double to center field scored Perkes with the tying run two innings later. The USC Upstate product also delivered the single biggest defensive play of the night, tagging out Nicholas Hussey at the plate on a throw from left fielder Trent Taylor in the bottom of the ninth to keep the game tied at 4-4.

State College took the opening lead of the game in the third when Ryan Chesney walked, stole second, advanced to third on a subsequent error, and scored on Taylor’s single to center.

However, the Crosscutters erupted for four runs in the fourth starting with Travis Holt’s solo home run to left field, his first of the MLB Draft League season. Hussey went on to deliver a two-run, wall-ball double to left-center field before Mitch Hundley brought him in with a bloop single to right field.

Follwing Buckner’s first run-scoring hit, the Spikes drew closer in the seventh when Brock Reller doubled to center field as a pinch-hitter, scoring Rob Morosetti in the process.

No winning or losing pitcher is designated in MLB Draft League Sudden Death Tiebreaker games, but Austin Cheeley finished the game for State College with two scoreless innings in which he allowed three hits and struck out three batters. Will Lancaster also provided two scoreless innings of relief to allow the Spikes back into the game.

Crosscutters starter Blair Frederick allowed three runs, two of them earned, on four hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings. Frederick also struck out four batters in the quality start.

The victory was the Spikes’ first in the Sudden Death Tiebreaker at Williamsport this season after the Crosscutters had taken the teams’ last three decisions in the extra frame. State College is now 4-4 in Sudden Death games this year and 2-0 in the second half.

Thursday, the Spikes and Crosscutters finish their three-game set as the scene shifts to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park for matinee action with a 12:05 p.m. start time. Right-hander Jared Kengott (1-1) gets the ball for State College, while Williamsport will counter with right-hander Spencer Taack (0-1).

It’s the return of Super Splash Day at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, with plenty of wet and wild fun as the Geisinger Kids Zone turns into the Splash Zone, with sprinklers, pools, a dunk tank and much more.

Plus, it’s a Thirsty Thursday at the ballpark with $2 16-oz. select drafts and $4 16-oz. craft drafts available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets for every game remaining in the second half of the Spikes’ biggest regular season home schedule in franchise history 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 of the action of the Spikes’ game on Thursday via the Spikes Radio Network presented by Penn State Sports Medicine, Official Healthcare Provider of Penn State Athletics with Steve Jones and Joe Putnam on the call. The broadcast starts with Spikes Live! presented by Mount Nittany Health, on the air from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park starting at 11:35 a.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.