A record crowd of 6,066 witnessed a back-and-forth, extra-inning contest Saturday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Those who stayed until the end saw two position players take the mound in a walk-off win that was the longest game in Spikes’ history. Jake Stone, the designated hitter Saturday night, allowed a two-run single by Batavia’s Felix Castillo in the top of the 15th inning.
But the Spikes scored three runs in the bottom half to earn a comeback 12-11 win. Brett Wiley sent a two-run single to left field before Collin Radack drove in the game-winning run with a line drive to right field, setting off a celebration that carried into right field.
Neither team scored through the first four extra innings before Stone started the 15th. Batavia loaded the bases with no outs for Castillo, who dropped a single down the left field line to score two runs. Outfielder Kenny Peoples-Walls replaced Stone with two outs and got a pop out to end the inning.
Stone walked off with the trainer after getting two outs. Peoples-Walls picked up the win.
With the win, State College (46-28) is tied with Hudson Valley and Tri-City for the top record in the New York-Penn League.
Hudson Valley lost and Tri-City won Saturday night. Hudson Valley and Tri-City both hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over State College.
The Spikes’ previous record for attendance was 5,836 set June 19, 2011.
The State College and Batavia lineups ripped the opposing pitching through seven innings.
State College starting pitcher Fernando Baez allowed two runs on four hits in four innings. He also walked four and struck out four.
State College reliever Jeff Rauh allowed three runs on three hits in one inning, and Nick Lomascolo gave up three runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Batavia starter Scott Squier allowed eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.
In what had been a slugfest, State College reliever Kyle Grana replaced Lomascolo in the seventh and mowed down the first five batters he faced.
Grana recorded four strikeouts in that span to keep the Spikes tied with Batavia into the ninth inning. A throwing error by shortstop Robelys Reyes opened the door for the Muckdogs. Grana later gave up his first hit, a double smacked off the center field wall by K.J. Woods, to allow the go-ahead run to score.
Trailing 9-8 going to the bottom of the ninth, State College loaded the bases for Chase Raffield with one out.
Raffield tied it with a single to right field. But Alex De Leon grounded out and Jake Stone flew out to send the game to extra innings.
Batavia went ahead 2-0 in the top of the second on a two-run single up the middle by Eric Fisher.
State College responded with a two-out rally in the bottom half.
The Spikes recorded four straight two-out hits to drive in four runs. Brett Wiley got the Spikes on the board with a one-run single. Jhohan Acevedo ripped a two-run double to left field and Reyes doubled home another run to give State College a 4-2 lead.
Batavia erased a 5-2 deficit with three runs on three hits in the .
The Muckdogs tied the game when Spikes left fielder Collin Radack slipped on a line drive by John Norwood that turned into a two-run triple.
State College rebuilt a three-run lead immediately in the bottom of the fifth.
But Batavia responded with another three-run inning to tie it against Lomascolo in the seventh.