WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Jamestown Jammers ended their four-game losing streak and in the process kept alive their hopes for the wild-card berth in the New York-Pennsylvania League.
Jamestown scored three in the first inning and didn't relinquishe the lead en route to a 8-6 win over Williamsport at Bowman Field.
The win lifted the Jammers to 42-29, but State College (46-25) clinched a tie for the Pinckney Division title with a 7-4 win at Auburn.
The wild-card race has the Jammers ahead of both Lowell (40-29) and Tri-City (41-31) with Lowell leading the Stedler Division by a half game. Tri-City was 1 games behind Jamestown.
The Jammers opened the game with three runs against Mitch Gueller (3-8).
Elvis Escobar and Harold Ramirez rapped singles with Escobar taking third. Then Ramirez stole second and Adam Frazier singled in Escobar, but Ramirez was out at the plate.
Newcomer Austin Meadows, the Pirates' top draft choice this year, walked and Edwin Espinal was hit by a pitch to fill the bases. Gueller threw a wild pitch to score Frazier and a double play grounder by Adam Landecker tallied Meadows.
After Williamsport scored an unearned run in the third to slice the deficit to 3-1, the Jammers added two runs in the top of the fourth to make it 5-1.
Andrew Dennis hit a two-run double to score Landecker and Erich Weiss.
Back came Williamsport with two runs in the fourth against Isaac Sanchez to make it 5-3. Dylan Cozens doubled, Zach Green singled and Andrew Knapp doubled to plate Cozens. Logan Pierce stroked a sacrifice fly to score Green.
The next three innings were scoreless as Henry Hirsch of the Jammers went 2 innings of hitless relief to gain his second win.
In the eighth, the Jammers increased their lead to 8-3 with three runs.
Meadows led off the inning with his first league home run of the season. That was followed by Dennis hitting a two-run double.
Oderman Rocha relieved for the Jammers in the eighth and had a short tenure. Logan Pierce was the first batter and he homered to right field. then Rocha walked Andrew Knapp, Sam Dove and Malquin Canelo to fill the bases.
Axel Diaz came on and gave up a two-run single to Herlis Rodriguez, but got out of the mess with a two-run lead.
Roberto Espinosa relieved Diaz in the ninth and posted his first Jamestown save since July 26 and his fifth of the season by shutting down the Crosscutters. He was helped by a double player.
Jamestown plays its final road game of the regular-season today at Williamsport at 5:05 p.m. before coming home to Diethrick Park for the final three home games with State College, starting Monday at 4:05 p.m. Games are on Tuesday and Wednesday are at 6:05 p.m.