Jammers Run Win Streak To 7
SAUGERTIES — Bradley Griggs scattered five hits into the seventh inning, Connor Rule drove in a pair of runs and Alex O’Donnell belted a solo homer to propel the Jamestown Jammers to a come-from-behind, 5-3, victory over Saugerties in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game at Cantine Memorial Veterans Field on Sunday night.
The win, the Jammers’ seventh straight, improved their record to 21-5 on the season, 4.5 games in front of Geneva in the West Division.
Griggs (2-1) surrendered two runs in the first inning, but pitched well after that until he was relieved by Colin Johnston (Monroe Community College) with two outs in the seventh inning. All told, Griggs (University of Texas-San Antonio) surrendered five hits, walked three and struck out three. Johnston worked the final 2.1 innings for his third save.
After being held scoreless through the first four innings, Jamestown cut the deficit to 2-1 in the fifth. Collin Stack (University of Maryland-Baltimore County) singled and moved to second on a throwing error, to third on another error and scored on a wild pitch.
The Jammers tied the game in the sixth when O’Donnell (Mercyhurst) belted his second home run of the season. Although the Lockport native is batting just .176, six of his 15 hits have gone for extra bases and he has driven in 21 runs.
Jamestown took the lead for good in the seventh off losing pitcher Brad Peterson. Skyler Valentine (University of Texas-San Antonio) led off with a walk, stole second base and moved to third on a single by Christian Deaton (Cal State-Bakersfield). After Deaton stole second base, Rule (Kansas State) smacked a two-run single, pushing the visitors’ lead to 4-2.
Saugerties closed the gap to 4-3, courtesy of Matthew Pushard’s RBI single in the bottom half of the inning, but the Jammers tacked on an insurance run as Ben Brookover (University of Texas-San Antonio) singled to score John Conti. Brookover finished with two hits and Valentine smacked his 14th double.
That was enough for Johnston, who allowed one hit and struck out four in his 2.1 innings of relief.
Jamestown is back in action at 7:05 tonight when it meets Oneonta at Damaschke Field.