In a season full of highs, State College earned a dubious low Monday after a 13-5 thrashing by Williamsport that saw the Spikes give up 17 hits in a drubbing that snapped the team’s record 10-game win streak.
The Spikes lost just half a game in the New York-Penn League playoff picture however, because rain postponed Jamestown and Mahoning Valley on Monday night, which keeps the Jammers 1 1/2 games back in the Pinckney Division.
The Jammers and Scrappers will continue the series with two, seven-inning games Tuesday.
In addition, the Spikes’ magic number to reach the postseason was reduced to five with Lowell’s 8-1 loss to Brooklyn on Monday.
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Williamsport (31-34) pounced on State College (41-24) from the start and never looked back after a seven-run first inning off starter Juan Bautista (1-4), who gave up 10 runs (seven earned) on nine hits in one and two-thirds innings.
In fact, four Cutters mashed 12 hits while the Spikes managed just nine for the game.
Andrew Knapp went 4-for-5, smacked three doubles and also scored three runs. Dylan Cozens and Herlis Rodriguez each went 3-for-5 and Malquin Canelo went 2-for-3.
Rodriguez added three RBIs. Canelo and Zach Greene each knocked in two more.
Josh Warner (2-4) earned the win in relief of starter Mitch Gueller. Warner gave up one run on four hits in four innings of relief after Gueller gave up three runs and four hits in four innings.
Steven Ramos, Jimmy Bosco and Matt Young each had two hits for State College, but offense wasn’t the problem Monday night.
Williamsport began the game with four consecutive singles, a walk, a double and a 6-0 lead before Bautista even recorded an out. A Canelo sacrifice fly to Ramos in center scored Rodriguez to make it 7-0 before the inning ended mercifully on a Justin Parr groundout.
The Spikes attempted to rescue Bautista with two outs in the second inning after Young doubled home two runs followed by a Ramos double that plated one more.
But the Crosscutters added three more in the home half after an error by David Washington allowed the lead batter aboard and a Ramos error advanced the runners. Bautista was lifted for left-hander Chase Brookshire, who gave up an RBI double to Logan Pierce that made it 10-3 Williamsport.
By game’s end Bautista’s ERA jumped from 3.57 to 4.61.
Brookshire gave up two earned runs on five hits in just more than three innings of work. The lefty also struck out four.
Kyle Webb entered in the sixth and gave up a run on three hits and a walk. Mitch Harris struck out three in two perfect innings of relief to lower his ERA to 0.89.
Williamsport went 8-for-16 with runners in scoring position, which was more than enough against a State College team that, after the second, mustered just a single run in the sixth and one more in the ninth with the game out of reach.