WILLIAMSPORT — For the 11th time this season, the State College Spikes went for the drama.
The Spikes won a game on their final at-bat for the 11th contest in 2013, holding off the Williamsport Crosscutters 5-3 Tuesday night at Bowman Field.
State College (42-24) holds a one-game lead on the Jamestown Jammers for the best record in the New York-Penn League and the lead in the Pinckney Division. The Jammers took a doubleheader from the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Tuesday.
The Spikes, who had a 10-game win streak halted by the Crosscutters on Monday, won 5 of 6 games this season at Bowman Field.
The teams meet again Wednesday night in State College to finish the three-game series.
Steven Ramos was 2-for-5 to take his league-leading batting average to .355, while Cesar Valera doubled for the Spikes and Brett Wiley knocked in two runs.
Jacob Booden (5-0), the third of four Spikes pitchers, picked up the win.
State College took the lead for the first time on the night with a three-run 11th.
Valera began the frame with a four-pitch walk, then moved to second on a Wiley sacrifice bunt. Spikes RBI leader David Washington was issued an intentional walk, then Carson Kelly hit a hard chopper that bounced over the head of Cutters third baseman Zach Green and later past left fielder Samuel Hiciano. Valera and Washington both raced home on the error, while Kelly ran all the way to third. He scored on a Luke Voit single.
Williamsport rallied when Hiciano walked, Logan Pierce singled and Gustavo Martinez singled home Hiciano to chase Booden. Jeff Rauh slammed the door with a strikeout and ground out for his fifth save of the season.
State College twice rallied from one-run deficits. A two-out RBI single for Wiley scored Valera in the sixth, and a Wiley fielder’s choice brought home Matthew Young in the eighth.
Herlis Rodriguez doubled and scored on a Green single in the first for Williamsport, and Dylan Cozens doubled and scored on an Andrew Knapp single in the bottom of the sixth.
Arturo Reyes pitched six solid innings in his start for the Spikes, giving up two runs and six hits while striking out five.
Drew Anderson was sharp in his start for the Cutters, with five scoreless innings and surrendering just two hits with six strikeouts. Tyler Buckley (0-2) was tagged with the loss.
The teams will play the 12th and final game of their regular-season series at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday. Left-handed pitcher Ben O’Shea will get the start for the Spikes. He just returned to the team from full-season Class A Peoria after he began the season in State College. The game will feature a bobblehead of Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien given away to the first 1,500 fans of all ages.