BURLINGTON, Ver. — Teenager Luis Heredia provided State College with another quality start, but Vermont’s Christopher Bostick ruined the evening for the Spikes with a walk-off two-run homer in the 10th inning of the Lake Monsters’ 4-2 New York-Penn League baseball win on Saturday.
Heredia, 17, had his fourth consecutive solid start. In five innings, the right-hander allowed five hits and two runs (one earned), walked one and struck out four. Heredia’s season earned run average actually climbed slightly to 0.95.
The Spikes, who had a three-game winning streak snapped, took a 1-0 lead in the first. Jordaneli Carvajal led off the game with a double, moved to third on a single by Chris Diaz and scored on Barrett Barnes’ groundout.
Vermont bounced back in the bottom of the inning thanks to poor fielding by the Spikes. Bostick reached second on a throwing error by second baseman Carvajal and moved to third on a passed ball by catcher Jacob Stallings. After a walk, Heredia got Jacob Tanis on a doubleplay grounder, but Bostick scored.
The Spikes regained the lead in the third. Walker Gourley led off the inning with a single, but was cut down trying to steal second base. Alex Fuselier followed with a double, moved to third on a groundout and scored on J.C. Menna’s wild pitch.
Vermont tied it in the fourth. With two outs, Bruce Maxwell, Chad Lewis and Wilfredo Solano smacked consecutive singles, with Maxwell scoring on Solano’s hit.
Both teams struggled offensively from there. State College (11-9) mustered just two hits over the final seven innings, while Vermont (12-8) was held hitless for four innings until the 10th.
With two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Dayton Alexander singled to center field off of Thomas Harlan, who was in his third inning of relief. Bostick followed with his second homer of the season, a blast over the right field fence.
State College right-hander Clay Holmes (2-1) will face Vermont righty Tyler Vail (0-0) in the second game of the series tonight at 6 p.m.