NILES, OH (WKBN)-The Mahoning Valley Scrappers managed to accomplish two things in the home finale of the 2016 season on Saturday night at Eastwood Field. With a 3-0 win over the State College Spikes, the Scrappers avoided a three game sweep. They also secured their first above .500 season at Eastwood Field since 2011.
All the offense in the game would come in the bottom of the second inning with the Scrappers at the plate.
Gavin Collins would walk to start the inning Emmanuel Tapia and Nate Winfrey would then follow with back to back singles to load the bases. With one out, Alexis Pantoja would bounce into a fielder’s choice to score Collins for the 1-0 lead. Tapia would follow to the plate on a throwing error. With Pantoja stealing second, the throw from Spikes catcher Ryan McCarvel would sail into centerfield, allowing Tapia to score for the 2-0 lead. The Scrappers capped off the scoring when Gabriel Mejia drove in Pantoja with an infield RBI single.
The three runs would be all that the Scrappers would need thanks to the combined efforts of Aaron Civale, Ryan Colegate and Michael Letkewicz on the mound.
Civale started and took a no decision in 3.0 innings of work. He allowed just one hit while walking one and striking out two. Colegate (6-2) got the win with 4.0 scoreless innings of relief. Colegate allowed three hits and struck out two. Letkewicz (4) picked up the save with 2.0 innings of relief. He allowed one hit and walked one.
With the win the Scrappers finish the home portion of the 2016 season with a 19-17 record. They also set themselves up for a chance to finish above .500 on the season if they can sweep the two game series in West Virginia to close out the season on Sunday and Monday.
COURTESY: MAHONING VALLEY SCRAPPERS