The Jamestown Jammers jumped out to a 6-0 lead after three innings and then held on for a 6-5 victory in the opening game of a semifinal series in the New York-Penn League playoffs against the State College Spikes at Diethrick Park on Friday night.
Game two will be tonight at State College at 7:35 and game three, if necessary, will be at State College on Sunday at 7:05 p.m.
The Jammers opened up a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
Harold Ramirez walked with one out and moved to third on a single by Adam Frazier, who took second on the throw. Then Austin Meadows followed with a home run.
The Jammers added another run in the second when Michael Fransoso reached base on a force out, moved to third on a single by Elvis Escobar and scored on a wild pitch.
The Jamestown lead moved to 6-0 with a pair of runs in the third.
Meadows led off with a triple and scored on a single by Edwin Espinal. Espinal moved to second on a single by Reese McGuire and he later scored on a forceout.
Jamestown starting pitcher Buddy Borden was benefitting from the lead and he left after five innings with a three-hit shutout.
Jerry Mulderig came in to pitch the sixth inning and was charged with the Spikes' five runs.
Steven Ramos led off with a double and after two were out, David Washington walked and Carson Kelly singled to drive in Ramos. After a walk to Michael Schultze to load the bases, Mason Katz cleared the bases with a three-run double.
Will Kendall came in to pitch and gave up an RBI double to Jimmy Bosco to cut the Jamestown lead to 6-5.
But over the last three innings, Kendall and Brett McKinney, who worked the ninth, held State College to only one hit and no runs. McKinney picked up the save.