Niles, OH (WYTV) – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers dropped their home opener to the State College Spikes 6-0 on Thursday night at Eastwood Field.
The Scrappers offense continues to struggle, with just four hits tonight, which makes four hits in the last 18 innings after the perfect game in Batavia on Wednesday night.
The scoring started early for the Spikes. In the top of the second, Casey Grayson hit a double and then a single for Thomas Spitz made it 1-0 Spikes.
Michael Pritchard scored for State College in the top of the third. He earlier reached on an error by shortstop Willi Castro. State College added another run in the top of the sixth when Leobaldo Pina
took Matt Esparza’s first professional pitch out of the yard for his first home run of the year.
The Scrapper bats were held at bay. They made a little noise in the bottom of the ninth. Anthony Santander hit a double down the left field line, but Tyler Bray shut the door for the
Jorge Rodriguez threw 6 strikeouts and gave up just one hit in 5 innings of work to earn his first win. Jose Zapata falls to 1-1 after giving up 4 hits and 1 earned run in 3 innings for the Scrappers.
Mahoning Valley and State College play the second game of a three-game series on Friday night at 7:05 PM. Leandro Linares gets the ball for Mahoning Valley, while Dailyn Martinez takes the hill for State College.
Courtesy: Mahoning Valley Scrappers