State College Spikes

State College Spikes: Washington sets home run record in win over Williamsport

David Washington etched his name in the State College Spikes’ record books Tuesday night, belting his ninth home run to set the franchise’s single-season record.

It was one of three homers hit by the Spikes, who tallied 15 hits on the night, in a 10-4 victory over the Williamsport Crosscutters on Bowman Field.

The Jamestown Jammers also won Tuesday as they and the Spikes remained tied for first place in the New York-Penn League’s Pinckney Division.

Jimmy Bosco belted a solo home run in the fourth inning, while Steven Ramos cracked a solo shot in the eighth as part of his two-hit night, increasing his league-leading batting average to .361. Brett Wiley was 3-for-4 with a double and scored three runs, and Cesar Valera was 3-for-4 in the game and is 17-for-31 this season against the Crosscutters (.548).

Ronald Castillo had a pair of hits and knocked in three runs, while Washington also doubled and plated three runs as well. Washington now has 40 RBIs for the season, leaving him just four short of the franchise record of 44 set in 2006 by Nathan Southard.

Washington’s record-setting homer was a two-run shot to left-center field in the third inning to put State College in the lead 3-2. It broke a tie for the franchise standard with Mark Hamilton (2006) and Calvin Anderson (2008), each of whom posted eight home runs.

Andrew Pierce (1-2) earned his first professional win with four innings of scoreless relief for starter Juan Bautista. Pierce gave up five hits and struck out one. Bautista, with his first outing as a Spike of fewer than five innings, completed just four frames with seven hits, four runs, two strikeouts and one walk.

Jeff Rauh pitched one scoreless inning to close the game.

Shane Martin (3-4) gave up eight hits, five runs and one walk with three strikeouts in the loss. Andrew Knapp hit a solo home run for Williamsport, which is winless in four home games against the Spikes.

The teams meet again at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.