In the final game of the year, with the State College Spikes already eliminated from the postseason, the home team couldn’t generate nearly enough power at the plate Thursday in a 6-1 loss to the Williamsport Crosscutters at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park
With the defeat, State College ends its season with a 40-35 record, marking the fifth straight season the team has reached at least 40 wins. The Mahoning Valley Scrappers (44-29) finished atop the New York-Penn League’s Pinckney Division, while the Hudson Valley Renegades clinched the wildcard with a 44-32 record.
Spikes designated hitter Bryce Denton finished with two of his team’s four hits. State College stranded nine runners on base.
A two-out double for Irving Lopez brought home Alexis Wilson in the seventh inning for the lone State College run.
Williamsport struck first in the second inning, after loading the bases with no outs, and managed just one run. The Crosscutters scored two more in the fourth to essentially put the low-scoring game out of reach.
Jake Scheiner, who also doubled and was 3 for 4, cracked a two-run home run in the sixth to add a little insurance to the Cutters’ lead.
State College’s Paul Balestrieri (3-4) was tagged with the loss.
Player of the game
Williamsport pitcher Julian Garcia: In five innings, the starter allowed just one hit. He struck out six and walked three and left the mound with a 3-0 lead. Damon Jones and Zach Warren each pitched two innings to wrap up the win.
The Spikes announced their end-of-season awards Thursday. Daniel Castano was named Pitcher of the Year after posting team records for wins (9-3 record) and strikeouts (81) and a 3.95 ERA. Evan Mendoza, who was promoted to Class A Peoria in early August, was named team Most Valuable Player. Mendoza hit .370 with three homers, 20 total extra-base hits and 28 RBIs