A day after hitting six home runs, the State College Spikes put on their rally caps to take over the Pinckney Division lead.
Nick Thompson’s two-run double capped a three-run comeback in the ninth inning as the Spikes finished off a two-game sweep of Batavia with a 5-3 New York-Penn League baseball triumph before 649 fans at Dwyer Stadium.
State College (8-3) was held to just two hits and trailed 3-1 through seven innings against the division-rival Muckdogs (7-4) before starting its rally.
In the eighth, Thompson smacked a two-out double and Alex De Leon, who hit three homers in Sunday’s 10-3 romp against the Muckdogs, was walked intentionally. Pinch-hitter Rowan Wick then delivered a single to right to plate Thompson.
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Brian O’Keefe, Leobaldo Pina and Chase Raffield opened the ninth with singles, with Raffield’s single to right plating O’Keefe with the tying run. Jhojan Acevedo’s sacrifice bunt moved Pina to third and Raffield to second. With the infield in, both runners held as Danny Diekroeger grounded to second for an out.
Thompson then delivered the game-winner, spanking his double to center field to plate both runners.
Jacob Booden relieved in the ninth and got three straight outs, two on liners to center fielder Acevedo, for his first save.
Batavia took a 1-0 lead in the third inning as a passed ball and throwing error on the same play by O’Keefe allowed a runner to score.
The Spikes tied it in the fourth as De Leon doubled, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Ronnierd Garcia’s groundout.
Batavia took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as Miles Williams belted a two-run homer to center field.
Spikes starter Luis Perdomo, who threw six shutout innings in his season debut, went six innings again. He allowed five hits and two earned runs, while striking out seven and walking one.
Kyle Grana (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief to earn the win. Tyler Kane (0-1) blew his first save of the season and took the loss for the Muckdogs.
Thompson, who is hitting just .189, is second on the team with 10 RBIs. Wick, who has seven home runs, leads the team with 11.
The Muckdogs, who entered the series as the top hitting team in the NY-PL, were outhit 19-10 by the Spikes.
State College returns to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Tuesday for a two-game series with Jamestown. Will Anderson (0-1, 1.80 ERA) will start for the Spikes, while Marek Minarik (0-1, 2.25) will start for the Jammers.
The Spikes will alternate home games with Williamsport the remainder of the week. Games 1 and 3 will be at Bowman Field on Thursday and Saturday, while Games 2 and 4 will be at Medlar Field on Friday and Sunday.