For the second time this year, the Jamestown Jammers (14-15) pulled victory out of the fire in the ninth inning against the Batavia Muckdogs (17-13) in the New York-Pennsylvania League on Wednesday night.
The Jammers, who didn't have a hit until the eighth inning, rallied for two runs in the ninth to emerge with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over the Muckdogs in the Pinckney Division at Diethrick Park.
Matt Juengel got the clutch hit with a two-out single that brought in the tying run and when center fielder Matt Young had the ball bounce away from him for an error the winning run crossed as well.
The decisive inning started with Juancito Martinez drawing a walk against reliever Lee Stoppelman (2-1), who came in with an earned run average under one.
Cameron Flynn laid down a bunt and both runners were safe at first and second. Then, Pedro Mendoza struck out and Jesus Solorzano hit into a fielder's choice at second to leave runners at first and third.
Up came Juengel, who cracked a line single to right center field that Young got to but allowed the ball to bounce away from him as Solorzano scored from first for the tie-breaker. That was Juengel's sixth RBI of the season and probably his most important hit thus far.
The Jammers had done nothing in the way of hits until the eighth with two outs against Brandon Creath. Brian Dice singled to center field and Felix Munoz singled pinch runner Yefri Perez to third.
Creath settled down to retire Rony Peralta on an infield out.
Kyle Helisek of Batavia and Jacob Esch battled for six scoreless innings. Helisek allowed no hits and, due to an error, only one base runner reached and Esch gave up just two hits.
The tie was broken in the top of the eighth when Alex Mejia hit a solo home run over the left field wall off Brian Ellington to give the Muckdogs a 1-0 lead. That was the fourth of the year for Mejia.
Jheyson Manzueta was the winning pitcher (2-0) with a scoreless ninth.
Jamestown, now on a two-game winning streak, entertains Mahoning Valley the next two nights at 7:05 at Diethrick Park.