NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers have been one of the New York Penn League’s top offenses over the last month of the season, however, that offense was held in check by the State College Spikes on Sunday at Eastwood Field. The Scrappers would hit into three double plays while stranding eight runners on base during a 5-0 loss to the Spikes.
State College jumped on Scrappers’ starter Tanner Tully for two runs in the first inning. Tommy Edman doubled on the first pitch of the game and would then come in to score on an RBI triple from Vince Jackson. Jackson would also score for a 2-0 lead on a sacrifice fly.
The Scrappers would then bring the tying run to the plate every inning between the first and fifth inning but would hit into three double plays and would strand six on base.
State College would add an unearned run in the top of the eighth inning on a Scrappers’ fielding error before adding two more runs in the ninth to pull away.
Tully (3-1) was the tough luck loser in 5.0 innings of work. He allowed two earned runs on three hits. Tully walked two and struck out one. Ryan Colegate would then go 3.0 innings in relief. Colegate allowed one unearned run on one hit. He walked two and struck out three. Randy Valladares then went the final inning in relief. He allowed two earned runs on three hits. He did not record a walk or a strike out.
The Scrappers (29-31) and Spikes (41-20) will conclude their series on Monday night at 7:05. 2015 first round draft pick Brady Aiken will get the start for Mahoning Valley.
COURTESY: MAHONING VALLEY SCRAPPERS