State College’s Darren Seferina entered the New York-Penn League All-Star Game to pinch run for the South in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night.
It was Seferina’s first action since he was replaced in the third inning of the Spikes’ game last Thursday after jamming a thumb sliding into second base. The Spikes second baseman, who was originally to be held out of the game, represented the go-ahead run after taking Kevin Ross’ place at first. He stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by North catcher Rodrigo Vigil.
But South pinch hitter Isaias Tejeda grounded out to end the All-Star Game in a 1-1 tie at MCU Park. North designated hitter Nick Tanielu, a second baseman for Tri-City, went 3 for 3 with an RBI to lead all hitters and earn the game’s MVP.
State College’s Will Anderson pitched a perfect second inning for the South, getting three straight groundouts. Spikes reliever Kyle Grana allowed one hit and one walk in a scoreless inning. Spikes shortstop Robelys Reyes finished 0 for 2.
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The North took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning.
Bralin Jackson and Mason Davis started the inning with back-to-back singles off South pitcher David Whitehead. Whitehead bounced back with consecutive strikeouts before Tanielu dropped a single into right field to score Jackson.
The South evened the score in the bottom of the seventh.
Luis Torrens doubled to right field with one out. Tejeda then hit a ground ball to shortstop that went through Torrens’ legs and off Mauricio Dubon’s glove for an error to set up first and third for Derek Campbell.
Campbell sent a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Torrens and tying it 1-1.
The Spikes start a two-game series against Auburn on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Spikes lefty Dewin Perez (5-1, 3.52 ERA) is set to face Auburn right-hander James Bourque (1-5, 4.50).