State College Spikes

Spikes baseball: Pitching, Valera’s homer lift State College to victory

Cesar Valera’s first home run of the season proved to be the difference as State College rode excellent pitching to a 3-1 victory over Williamsport in New York-Penn League baseball action on Wednesday at Bowman Field.

Nick Petree, Jimmy Reed and Brady Adamek combined to limit the Crosscutters (8-7) to seven hits, while fanning 10 and walking just two.

Reed (1-0) earned the win after pitching four scoreless innings in relief of Petree. Reed allowed three hits and struck out five. Petree allowed one run on two hits, while walking two and striking out three.

Adamek survived a rocky ninth to get his second save. Williamsport’s Dylan Cozens led off with a single and Zack Green doubled to left to put the tying runs in scoring position with no outs. Adamek rebounded by striking out Gabriel Lino, getting Logan Pierce to pop out to catcher Luke Voit in foul territory and whiffing pinch-hitter Gustavo Martinez to end the game.

Valera delivered the decisive blow in the top of the third inning. With the Spikes trailing 1-0, Trevor Martin opened the inning by reaching on an infield hit. Steven Ramos bunted Martin to second and Jimmy Bosco struck out to bring up Valera. The Spike shortstop belted a Drew Anderson pitch over the left field fence to make the score 2-1.

State College (9-7) tacked on a run in the sixth. With two outs, Mason Katz reached on an infield single. Katz raced home on David Washington’s double to center field.

The Crosscutters got their lone run in the second inning. Lino drew a one-out walk and chugged around to score on Pierce’s double to left.

State College managed just five hits, all off Anderson, who lost for the first time in three decisions. Lee Ridenhour, Josh Warner and Tyler Buckley each pitched one hitless inning of a relief.

The Spikes, who won two of three in the series, open a six game homestand at 1 p.m. Thursday against Batavia. Andrew Pierce (0-0, 5.40 ERA) will start for the Spikes against the Muckdogs’ Helpi Reyes (1-1, 4.91).

Following the game, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park will close for approximately 90 minutes, then re-open for the Central PA 4th Fest fireworks.