Jammers Aren’t Able To Finish
The Jamestown Jammers looked to be in prime position Tuesday night at Diethrick Park.
Backed by a dominant performance on the hill from starting pitcher Christian Young (Niagara County Community College) and timely RBIs at the plate from Chris Estrada (University of Texas at San Antonio) and Christ Conley (Canisius College), Jamestown held a 2-0 leading heading into the top of the ninth inning and seemed destined to improve to 3-1 on the young Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League season.
The Elmira Pioneers had other plans.
Down to their last three outs, Elmira stormed back to plate four runs and held off the Jammers in the bottom half of the ninth to steal a 4-2 win.
The rally for the Pioneers was highlighted by a game-tying two-run double by Brett Vosik. Also, two runs came around to score following an errant throw on a potential double-play attempt.
“It’s a game we need to win,” Jammers head coach Anthony Barone said. “We had a 2-0 lead (in the top of the ninth) with one out, nobody on and an 0-2 count. Four runs after that situation. And at this level, that’s unacceptable. We have to clean it up at the end of games and, you know, we had plenty of situations offensively where we could have broke the game open, we just didn’t.”
Barone added: “And if you let a good team hang around, they’re going to take advantage of the chances. That’s what happened tonight.”
Jamestown (2-2) held a lead late in the contest thanks, in large part, to the stellar work of Young.
The 6-foot-7 right-hander, who is a former 23rd round pick of the Oakland A’s, showcased his immense talent, hurling seven scoreless innings, only surrendering four hits and striking out 10.
“He’s awesome,” Barone emphasized. “He was dominant. One of the best arms I’ve seen in this league in the last couple years. He’s obviously coming off a year where he was drafted last year by the Oakland A’s. You know, bright kid, bright future for him. He just commanded the mound tonight. He was outstanding.”
The Jammers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the fourth, when Estrada came through with a two-out RBI single to score Conley, who doubled earlier in the frame.
Conley then continued his impressive start to the season when he launched a sacrifice fly in the fifth, scoring Casey Vincent (St. Bonaventure University) and giving the home team a 2-0 advantage.
Maple Grove graduate Collin Stack (University of Maryland-Baltimore County) had a productive night in defeat, ripping two hits in his first appearance of the summer. Stack joined the Jammers after just playing in the Winston-Salem Regional of the NCAA Tournament with UMBC this past weekend.
Colin Johnston (Monroe Community College) relieved Young on the mound and tossed a scoreless eighth inning. The duo of Vincent and Westfield graduate Nolan Hunt (Canisius College) teamed up to throw the ninth.
Jamestown will look to bounce back tonight, as it continues its homestand with a matchup against the Newark Pilots. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.
“You just hope the guys don’t get too down about (this loss),” Barone stated. “Baseball is great (because) you get to come back the next day and do it all over again. We’ll have a good team coming in here with Newark (tonight). So, we’ll see how it goes.”