WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Jamestown Jammers withstood a ninth-inning comeback by the Williamsport Crosscutters and extended their lead in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League to a season-high four games Friday night.
Williamsport had runners on first and second with one out in the ninth inning when second baseman Aaron Frazier caught a line drive that he turned into a double play as the Jammers nipped the Crosscutters, 4-3, at Bowman Field.
Roberto Espinoza was on the hill for the Jammers in the ninth inning when he walked Logan Pierce and pinch-hitter Jiandido Tromp singled. That brought up Justin Parr, who lined to Frazier who tossed to first baseman Edwin Espinal to complete the game-ending double play and give Espinosa his fourth save of the year.
Justin Topa of the Jammers did a great job in the middle three innings in allowing no runs, a walk and no hits with three strikeouts to increase his record to 3-1.
Jamestown got on the scoreboard first in the opening inning when Harold Ramirez and Erich Weiss hit back-to-back doubles.
The Crosscutters didn't take long to take the lead at 2-1 when Malquin Canelo was hit by a pitch from Dovydas Neverauskas and Andrew Knapp socked a two-run home run over the right-field fence.
In the top of the fourth, the Jammers tied it briefly at 2-2 as Danny Collins doubled and went to third on Jeff Roy's bunt single. Elvis Escobar hit a sacrifice fly that turned into a double play with Roy thrown out at second base.
In the bottom of the inning, Dylan Cozens received a walk from Neverauskas and moved to second on Gabriel Lino's infield out. He came around to score on Logan Pierce's single and an error by left fielder Ramirez for a 3-2 Williamsport lead.
The Jammers won the game in the sixth with two runs.
Ramirez and Weiss hit back-to-back singles and Collins reached on an error by second baseman Jairo Cardozo with Ramirez scoring the tying run.
Edwin Espinal's RBI singled off Mark Meadors (0-1) with two away brought in the decisive run as the Jammers went to a season-high 11 games over .500 (24-13).
The loss dropped Williamsport to 20-17.
The Jammers collected double figures in hits again with 11, led by Ramirez with three hits to raise his average to .345. Weiss went to .372 with his two hits and Espinal to .291, also with two hits.
Game two of the series is tonight at 7:05. The Jammers head to Auburn for games at 4:05 p.m. on Sunday and 7:05 p.m. on Monday before coming home to Diethrick Park on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. to open a two-game series with Staten Island.