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July 22 Spikes pregame notes

Mahoning Valley Scrappers (19-15) at State College Spikes (10-24)

When: 7:05 p.m. tonight

Where: Medlar Field at Lubrano Park

Pitching matchup: MV -- Mason Radeke (1-0, 3.95; SC -- Stetson Allie (0-0, 4-50)

Notes: This is critical start for Allie, a 2010 second-round draft pick regarded as one of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ top prospects. The Scrappers thumped the Spikes 17-4. A few tidy innings early could erase memories from the loss. Allie pitched three scoreless innings Sunday against Williamsport. But he walked two and hit a batter and a high pitch count prevented him from starting the fourth. Allie could be facing former St. Edward (Ohio) High School teammate Alex Lavisky. The duo met on July 1, with Allie striking out and inducing a pop out against the Cleveland Indians’ 2010 eighth-round pick. The Scrappers are hitting .294 as a team against the Spikes, thanks to Thursday’s 20-hit performance. Jordan Smith is 15-for-35 with nine RBIs and six runs against State College pitching.