Niles, OH (WKBN)- Saturday night’s game at Eastwood Field started out as a back and forth offensive battle between the Mahoning Valley Scrapers and the Jamestown Jammers. However, an 8 run top of the 6th inning put an end to the back and forth swings as the Jammers pulled away for a 12-5 win.
Jamestown got on the board in the top of the 1st innings. Carl Anderson led off with a single, the first of the year off of Scrappers starter Julian Merryweather. Anderson then scored the first run off of Merryweather when he scored on Kevin Krause’s sacrifice fly.
Mahoning Valley answered right back in the bottom half of the inning. Greg Allen started the inning with a walk, then scored on Bradley Zimmer’s RBI single to tie the game at 1.
The Scrappers grabbed the lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Taylor Murphy led off with a walk and Juan De La Cruz followed with a double to drive in Murphy. De La Cruz would later score on Austin Fisher’s RBI single for a 3-1 lead.
The Jammers would tie the score with runs in both the 3rd and 5th innings.
In the bottom of the 5th the Scrappers grabbed the lead once again. Yonathan Mendoza singled to start the inning. Fisher followed with his second single of the game. Then an RBI groundout by Allen brought in Mendoza to give the Scrappers the lead again.
The Jammers wasted little time trailing. In the top of the 6th inning they would send 11 men to the plate and scoring 8 runs to blow the game wide open. The big blow of the inning came from Kevin Ross, who launched a 3 run homerun to left. It was the first homerun allowed at home by the Scrappers this year.
Merrywearther started and went 4 innings for Mahoning Valley. He allowed 2 runs, both earned on 4 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 1. Anthony Vizcaya (1-1) then came in in relief. Vizcaya lasted only 1.1 innings. He allowed 7 runs, all earned, on 6 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 2. Edward Estrella worked the final 3.2 innings. Estrella allowed 2 earned runs on 3 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 1.
The Scrappers and Jammers will conclude their series and the homes stand on Sunday with a 5:05 first pitch.