The State College Spikes are going where no local minor league team has gone before: to the New York-Penn League championship series.
Sunday night’s 6-0 win over the Jamestown Jammers sent State College to the finals against Tri-City.
The best-of-three series starts Tuesday at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy, N.Y., and moves to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Wednesday. If necessary, Game 3 would be Thursday in State College.
State College’s fine manager, Oliver Marmol, watched his team win two in a row against the Jammers after dropping the series opener.
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“You know if you win you keep going, you lose and you go home,” Marmol told the CDT’s Aaron Carter after the St. Louis Cardinals’ single-A affiliate advanced over the Pittsburgh Pirates farm club.
The Tri-City ValleyCats reached the finals with a two-game sweep of Aberdeen. The ValleyCats are affiliated with the Houston Astros.
We like the attitude of Spikes right fielder Jimmy Bosco, whose response to Sunday’s win was: “OK, now what?”
We wish the Spikes luck and hope they capture that New York-Penn League trophy.
We urge local fans to consider heading out to Lubrano Park to cheer this exciting team to a championship this week.