State College Spikes

State College Spikes see offensive explosion against Mahoning Valley

The State College Spikes broke out the offense in a big way Saturday night.

Piling up a franchise-record 23 hits, with six of them for extra bases and three of them home runs, the Spikes rolled over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 13-8 at Eastwood Field.

Every State College batter had at least two hits, with three each for Andy Young, Vince Jackson, Ryan McCarvel, Elier Rodriguez and Yariel Gonzalez.

Young also cracked a two-run homer and tripled, Jackson provided a three-run shot and Danny Hudzina hit a solo homer and doubled for the Spikes (40-20), who remained 7 1/2 games ahead of Williamsport in the New York-Penn League’s Pinckney Division standings with 16 games left in the season.

State College, which had a hit in every inning, was not the only team with hot bats. The Scrappers (29-30) pounded out 16 hits, giving a combined 39 hits on the night for the clubs.

It started with a two-run homer for Young and a bases-loaded walk in the first, followed by a Young triple and Jackson RBI single in the second, an RBI double for Hudzina and RBI single for Gonzalez in the third and a McCarvel RBI single in the fourth.

A four-run fifth padded the lead with Hudzina’s solo homer to left and Jackson’s three-run shot to center. After taking the sixth inning off, Jeremy Martinez and Edman had sacrifice flies in the seventh and eighth, respectively.

The Scrappers saw all but two starters with at least one hit and Andrew Calica, Emmanuel Tapia and Nathan Winfrey had three hits apiece.

Max Almonte (2-1), the second of three State College pitchers, picked up the win and Gerwuins Velazco earned his second save. Juan Hillman (3-3) surrendered 10 hits and six runs over three innings and was handed the loss.

The teams meet again at 4:05 p.m. Sunday for Game 2 of the series.