The State College Spikes could not get the best of the Aberdeen Ironbirds this week.
The Ironbirds finished off a sweep of a three-game series with a 6-5 victory in 14 innings Thursday night at Ripken Stadium.
The contest, which lasted 4 hours, 36 minutes, was the second-longest in the Spikes’ 10-year franchise history, bettered only by a 5-hour, 15-inning game against Batavia in 2014.
Kirwin Moesquit and Austin Pfeiffer each singled in the bottom of thre 14th, and with two out Drew Turbin reached first safely on a throwing error by second baseman Josh Swirchak, with Moesquit racing home from second for the game-winning run.
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The Spikes, who have lost 4 of 5, knocked out 11 hits, but left 14 runners on base and were 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position. Thomas Spitz was 3 for 5, while Craig Aikin and Cole Lankford each doubled.
Aberdeen had 14 hits, with at least one for every starter.
State College jumped ahead 3-0 in the first, and the margin was 4-0 in the top of the fifth before Aberdeen tied it in the bottom of the fifth. The Ironbirds scored again in the sixth, but the Spikes forced extra innings with Michael Pritchard’s RBI single with two out in the ninth.
Both teams had scoring chances in the 12th inning. The Spikes had the bases loaded but couldn’t cash in, while the Ironbirds had runners at the corners but could not score. State College also had runners at the corners in the top of the 14th before seeing Aberdeen finally put a run across in the bottom of the frame to end it.
State College stays on the road Friday, starting a three-game series with the Hudson Valley Renegades. Spikes right-hander Juan Peres (3-1, 2.70 ERA) will start on the mound against Renegades righty Angel Yepez (2-0, 3.96)