Thomas Spitz drove in the game-winning run for the second time in three nights as the State College Spikes edged the West Virginia Black Bears 2-1 in 10 innings Saturday at Monongalia County Ballpark.
After Champ Rowland led off the top of the 10th inning with a single and stole second, Spitz doubled to left field to give State College the lead. It proved to be the difference after Spikes reliever Pedro Echemendia pitched a scoreless bottom of the 10th. Spitz also had the game-winning, RBI double in a 7-6 win over West Virginia in 10 innings Thursday.
Jery Then pitched two scoreless innings of relief to earn the win for State College (23-24). Echemendia picked up the save.
Spikes first baseman Casey Grayson, shortstop Leobaldo Pina, outfielder Mike Pritchard, pitcher Landon Beck and pitcher Juan Perez were chosen for the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, the league announced Saturday. The five State College players will be on the South roster in the game, set to be held Aug. 18 at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium, the home of the Aberdeen IronBirds.
West Virginia (24-24) took the lead in the bottom of the second inning Saturday.
Chris Harvey and Christian Kelley had back-to-back singles with one out, and Harvey scored on a two-out error by Rowland at shortstop.
The Spikes evened the score in the top of the fifth when Rowland grounded out to drive in Jhohan Acevedo, who led off with a single and advanced to third on a double by R.J. Dennard.
Acevedo led the Spikes with two hits.
State College’s Jacob Evans made the first start of his professional career, allowing one unearned run in four innings. Evans appeared in 10 games as a reliever before Saturday. Luke Harrison pitched three scoreless innings of relief.
Notes: The Spikes return home to start a three-game series against Mahoning Valley at 6:05 p.m. Sunday. Jorge Rodriguez (3-2, 2.63 ERA) will be on the mound for State College, while Kieran Lovegrove (1-3, 6.00) is set to start for Mahoning Valley. ... The first 1,000 fans at Sunday’s game will receive a Jerome Bettis bobblehead as part of the Spikes’ plans to honor the former Pittsburgh Steelers running back’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Bettis is a member of the Spikes’ ownership group. State College will also wear gold jacket jerseys that will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to Children’s Miracle Network.