Jammers’ Streak Ends At 11
NEWARK — The Jamestown Jammers’ 11-game winning streak came to a halt Saturday night in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.
Newark, which is in last place in the West Division, won for just the ninth time this season, with 18 hits on its way to a 13-10 victory over the Jammers (25-6).
The Jammers made it interesting late as they put the tying run at the plate with two outs in the ninth inning.
Trailing 13-6 entering the ninth, the Jammers took advantage of walks by Jordan Miller to John Conti (Canisius College), Conner Rule (Kansas State University) and Matt Cross (Niagara County Community College) to set the stage for Alex O’Donnell (Mercyhurst University). Eddie Fournier relieved Miller and walked O’Donnell to force in a run before retiring Christ Conley (Canisius), the league’s leading hitter. Chris Estrada (University of Texas-San Antonio) followed with a three-run double to whittle the deficit to 13-10.
After getting Collin Stack (University of Maryland-Baltimore County) to fly out for the second out, Fournier walked Skyler Valentine (UTSA). That set the stage for the Jammers to bring the tying run to the plate in Jimmy Standohar (Mercyhurst), who had hit safely three times. Standohar was unable to connect as Fournier struck him out to end the game.
Jamestown only led once with that coming in the second inning when O’Donnell singled in Conti, who had walked.
That lead vanished in the bottom of the second when Newark scored five times to take the lead for good. Graham Hackbarth drove in the final three runs with a double preceded by RBIs on a single by Jorge Leon and a fielder’s choice by Christian Orr.
Newark eventually scored 13 straight runs before the Jammers answered.
Another big inning for Jamestown was in the seventh when it tallied five runs. Rule and Valentine had two-run singles while O’Donnell singled in another run.
The hosts had two runs in fourth and fifth innings and four more in the sixth against losing pitcher Nate Grant (St. Bonaventure University) as well as relievers Ryan Boyer (Pitt-Bradford) and Connor Ryan (Mercyhurst).
Henry Martinez worked the first six innings for Newark, giving up five hits and one earned run while walking three and striking out 10.
Everybody in the starting lineup for Newark had at least one hit and everyone in the starting lineup for Jamestown but Conley, who went 0 for 5 to fall under .400 at .394, also had at least one hit.
NOTES: The Jammers are at Diethrick Park today for a 3:05 p.m. game against the Oneonta Outlaws. … Jacob Gilhaus (Kalamazoo College) threw two scoreless innings for Jamestown.