After four hours and twenty-one minutes, State College finally knocked off Batavia 2-1 in 13 innings and ended its nine-game road-losing streak.
Luis Perez’s sacrifice fly in the 13th inning scored Bruce Caldwell from third and put the Spikes just one game back of Lowell for the wild card in the New York-Penn League.
Perez went 2-for-4 and defensively had a hand in two Muckdogs being thrown out at the plate. Carson Kelly (2-for-4) was the only other Spike with multiple hits.
Javier Lopez went 3-for-6 for Batavia. Carlos Lopez went 2-for-5 and Chad Wallach went 2-for-4.
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Avery Romero, who entered with a NY-PL leading .370 average, went 1-for-6.
Jacob Booden (2-0) earned the win in relief. Jhonny Polanco earned his first save. Casey McCarthy (2-4) took the loss.
Both offenses struggled to produce. The teams combined for 24 strikeouts and went 2-for-32 with runners in scoring position.
The Spikes (21-19) and Muckdogs (19-20) also combined to use 11 pitchers.
Each team tallied runs in the fourth. After David Washington struck out and Caldwell singled and stole second, a Kelly double made it 1-0 Spikes.
A careless home half by State College helped the Muckdogs put an unearned run on the board after the Spikes committed two errors and Michael Aldrete threw a wild pitch.
Nick Petree started and pitched just more than three innings, giving up five hits, two walks and four strikeouts for State College.
Michael Aldrete pitched 2 2/3 in relief and also added four strikeouts. Mitch Harris bent but didn’t break in the eighth with help from his defense.
After Carlos Lopez led the inning with a single and Austin Dean flew out to right, Wallach doubled to left just beyond the glove of Perez, who tracked the ball, but couldn’t make the catch.
Perez did however relay to Valera who wheeled and threw home as Lopez barreled into Alex De Leon behind the plate.
De Leon held on for the out, but was replaced by Dante Rosenberg after the play.
After a wild pitch gave Wallach third, Harris ended the threat by striking out Scott Carcaise.
Perez also threw out Wallach at home in the second inning.
In the end it was State College’s night, ending a road skid that saw the Spikes hit just 12-for-66 (.181) with runners in scoring position through nine games.
Caldwell singled to start the 13th inning and was followed by David Washington, who singled to center.
After a Carson Kelly sacrifice bunt, Mason Katz was intentionally walked, which brought up Luis Perez whose sacrifice fly scored Caldwell to make it 2-1.
The Spikes last four-hour game was at Auburn, N.Y. in 2007, an 11-10 loss in 10 innings that took 4:18.
After Williamsport (20-20) lost 5-2 to Mahoning Valley at Eastwood Field on Monday, State College now sits alone in second place in the Pinckney division behind Jamestown (26-14).
The Spikes return home for three games against Stedler division leader Tri-City (26-16) Andrew Pierce (0-2) will start for the Spikes. Randall Fant (1-2) will start for the ValleyCats.