Jammers Cough Up Five-Run Lead
UTICA — The Jamestown Jammers opened a four-game road trip Friday with the goal of changing their fortunes away from Diethrick Park.
Sunday evening, they were in position to complete a perfect 4-0 weekend as late as the seventh inning.
But a usually reliable Jamestown bullpen allowed a five-run sixth-inning lead slip away as the Utica Blue Sox ultimately prevailed, 9-8, at Murnane Field.
Jamestown now enters the three-day Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League all-star break with a league-best 25-10 record after falling to 7-9 away from home.
Following Wednesday’s all-star game festivities at Dunn Field in Elmira, the Jammers will have just 12 games left in the regular season, including five home dates.
Jamestown jumped out to its five-run lead Sunday evening with a three-run top of the sixth inning only to see Utica take the game late.
Chase Keng walked and Alex O’Donnell doubled ahead of Brandon Nania’s two-run double. After a groundout, Nania scored when Rashad Stewart reached on an error for the Jammers.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Blue Sox loaded the bases with one out on a walk, a single and another walk before Jamestown starter Isaac Meza uncorked a wild pitch to make it a 7-4 game. After a walk to again load the bases, Meza was pulled in favor of Kyle McCormick. Following a flyout to shortstop, Utica’s Luis DeLeon hit a two-run single to make it a 7-6 game.
The Jammers then loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the seventh inning, only to come up scoreless after a strikeout and a double play.
The Blue Sox took their first lead of the night with a two-run bottom of the seventh inning as Jamestown reliever Zach Sanders entered with runners at first and second with only one out.
Utica’s Khalyd Cox greeted Sanders with a two-run single to give the hosts an 8-7 lead.
Ben Livorsi hit a sacrifice fly to score Stewart in the top of the eighth inning to tie the game at 8-8 before Kyle Strovink scored on a two-out error in the bottom half of the frame to give the Blue Sox the eventual winning run.
The Jammers took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning as Gino Tortoriello hit a ground-rule double, Stewart singled and Max Silverman was hit by a pitch before Austin Parent walked to force in a run. Rane Pfeifer then hit a sacrifice fly to score Stewart before Silverman scored with Sterling Hayes at the plate.
After Utica made it 3-1 in the bottom of the inning, Jamestown got its three-run lead back in the fourth inning when O’Donnell reached on an error, Nania walked and Stewart hit a sacrifice fly to left field.
O’Donnell finished with two hits and two runs scored while Nania drove in two runs. Meza threw 5• innings of eight-hit, three-walk ball, allowing six runs while striking out one.
Utica’s JT Gosweiler earned the win, throwing the final two innings while allowing one run on no hits and a walk. Strovink was 4 for 5 with three runs scored; Cox had two hits, including a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs; Isaiah Torres had two hits, including a double, and an RBI; and DeLeon had two hits and two RBIs for the Blue Sox.