Rowan Wick treated State College Spikes’ fans to another memorable performance Wednesday night.
Wick went yard to the deepest part of Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, homering over the National Penn Bank Nook sign in the left-center field gap, 410 feet away from home plate. The two-run shot pulled the Spikes within one run in the bottom of the second inning.
Wick did it again in the sixth, pulling another homer over the right-field wall to cut the Spikes’ deficit to two runs. It was his third two-home run game and his ninth blast in the team’s 13th game of the season.
His homers set the stage for State College’s comeback to force extra innings, but Jamestown outlasted the Spikes 8-7 in 12 innings.
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Jeff Rauh pitched three scorless innings, and Jacob Booden threw three perfect innings in relief to keep the Spikes within striking distance. Josh Lucas took the loss for State College (8-5) after allowing the winning run in the top of the 12th.
Lucas hit Erik Forgione to put the go-ahead run on first with one out. After a double by Carl Anderson, Jammers left fielder Jordan Luplow lifted a deep sacrifice fly to right field.
Jamestown (5-8) took an 8-7 lead and sealed the victory with a perfect bottom of the 12th.
Wick, who finished with four RBIs, is one home run away from tying the Spikes’ single-season record set by David Washington last season.
“He’s doing a nice job,” Spikes manager Oliver Marmol said. “His game’s about consistency. He’s sticking to his approach. He’s working hard, and as long as he sticks to that approach, he has a chance to continue to do what he’s doing.”
The Spikes trailed 3-0 going to the bottom of the second after a tough start by starting pitcher Dewin Perez. The left-hander allowed three runs, walked three and committed a throwing error in two innings.
Wick’s first homer, after a single by Alex De Leon, cut the deficit to 3-2.
But Jamestown expanded its lead to 7-2 after a four-run fourth inning against State College reliever Jeff Barkley. Kevin Krause hammered a three-run homer to deep left field in the inning.
State College would go on to score in four straight innings to erase the Jammers’ lead.
“Those guys battled back and gave us a shot offensively,” Marmol said. “We needed more out of Dewin Perez, our starter, and we needed more out of Barkley, our long relief guy. The hitters battled back and actually gave us a shot, but when you’re constantly coming from behind, there’s not a whole lot you can do.”
After cutting the deficit to four runs in the fifth, Wick belted his second two-run homer to right field in the sixth. State College trailed 7-5.
The Spikes got within one in the seventh on Danny Diekroeger’s RBI single, and they tied it in the eighth.
De Leon, who scored three runs, lined his third single of the night into center field to lead off the inning. With a 3-0 count, Wick had the green light but swung and missed. He eventually drew a walk, and State College had second and third with one out after a sacrifice bunt. Collin Radack sent a ground ball to shortstop to score De Leon to tie the game 7-7.