The State College Spikes quickly took control against Staten Island and rolled to their 10th win in 11 games Saturday night.
The Spikes scored three runs in the first inning to take a lead they would never relinquish in a 6-3 win over the Yankees at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
“It was a three-run game, it felt a little different than that,” Spikes manager Oliver Marmol said. “Because these guys kept putting together some pretty good at bats, and the pitchers did a nice job, made some pitches when they needed to, so collectively it was a pretty good game.”
Darren Seferina, Robelys Reyes and Rowan Wick each had two hits, while Danny Diekroeger and Alex De Leon each scored twice to lead State College’s offensive effort. Jake Stone also drove in two runs.
State College starting pitcher Will Anderson earned the win, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing three runs on six hits.
“He’s going to go out there and he’s going to give you everything he has every time out,” Marmol said. “He’s a pretty calm kid. He understands what he needs to do to have success and he’s going to give you a solid outing every time.”
Anderson allowed one run in the top of the first, but the Spikes (21-8) answered with three runs on four hits in the bottom half.
Seferina and Reyes got it rolling with a hit-and-run that gave State College first and third with no outs.
With Diekroeger facing an 0-2 count, Reyes took off to steal second base and Yankees catcher Luis Torrens airmailed the throw into center field. Seferina scored, and Reyes took his place on third.
Diekroeger battled to a full count and singled to score Reyes. The Spikes then pushed their lead over Staten Island (15-14) to 3-1 on a chopper to third by Stone.
“That’s huge,” Anderson said. “That gives me a lot more confidence to know the bats would be swinging today. It makes me feel better to go out there and be able to have hitters behind me and have them making the plays also.”
Another hit-and-run, this time with Stone at the plate and cleanup hitter Alex De Leon on first, set up another Spikes opportunity in the third. Brian O’Keefe followed with a single to right field to give State College a 4-2 lead.
“Those guys did a nice job of getting good jumps,” Marmol said. “The placement of the hits were perfect. (We) couldn’t ask for anything else.”
Wick, who was 2 for 4, doubled home a run in the fifth for his New York-Penn League-leading 32nd RBI of the season.
State College’s bullpen sealed the win.
Spikes reliever Nick Lomascolo struck out two in 2 1/3 flawless innings, and Anderson Gerdel picked up his first save.