Standohar, Griggs Get Jammers Back To Winning Ways
Bradley Griggs disagreed with Anthony Barone’s decision to pull the left-hander from the game following the end of the sixth inning Sunday at Diethrick Park.
With the numbers he had put up, the Jamestown Jammers starting pitcher pleaded with his manager to let him throw the seventh inning. But Barone has greater goals in mind with the postseason looming and he also has a lights-out bullpen at his disposal ready to put every game away.
Griggs (University of Texas-San Antonio) faced just one batter over the minimum in his final four innings and finished with four strikeouts while allowing just four hits and two unearned runs as the Jammers beat Oneonta, 9-2, in Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League action.
“He’s been great. He’s been so consistent this year … just a different guy than last year,” Barone said of Griggs. “He’s so much more confident in himself and his ability.
“He wanted to go back out there for the seventh,” Barone added. “I told him, in the bigger picture we need him strong at the end of the year come playoff time.”
The victory came less than 24 hours after Newark snapped Jamestown’s 11-game winning streak with a 13-10 win Saturday night at Colburn Park, and the Jammers (26-6) wanted to quickly turn things around before a three-game road trip later this week.
“It felt weird (Saturday) night after a loss. We just knew coming back home, it was an important game because we have an off day (today),” Barone said. “We wanted to go into the off day with our confidence. I thought it was a good win against a team in the other division. The guys sort of got back on track.”
Jimmy Standohar (Mercyhurst University) paced the offense by going 3 for 5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored, in the process overtaking Christ Conley (Canisius College) for the team lead in batting with a .392 average.
“Personal success is obviously nice and enjoyable, but the bigger picture is this team, what we are doing this year and how good of a year we are having. I’m having a lot of fun being a part of it,” Standohar said. “Everybody in this league can play. I just take every day as I can, go out with the same approach and see what each day brings me.”
Collin Stack (University of Maryland-Baltimore County) added two hits, including a triple, and two RBIs to go along with two runs scored while Ben Brookover (UTSA) was 2 for 4 with an RBI triple and a run scored.
The Jammers fell behind early when Oneonta’s Ben Dubas hit a two-run single in the top of the second inning before being thrown out on a delayed steal to end the frame.
Jamestown answered back in the bottom half when Skyler Valentine (UTSA) led off with a double, moved to third on a Stack groundout and scored on a Standohar groundout.
The Jammers tied the game in the third inning as Chris Estrada (UTSA) reached on a fielder’s choice for the second out and scored on Brookover’s triple. In the fourth, Jamestown put Griggs in position for his third win of the season with a pair of runs. Stack led off with a single and Standohar followed with an infield single before John Conti (Canisius) picked up his second bunt hit of the day to load the bases.
“He has such good speed from the left side. If guys are playing back and he puts one down, it’s a hit,” Barone said of Conti. “He’s playing to his strengths. … These last couple of weeks he’s been on a tear. The production we’ve gotten out of him has been huge for us.”
Stack then scored on a passed ball before Standohar scored on a groundout by Alex O’Donnell (Mercyhurst).
Jamestown added four runs in the fifth inning as Estrada doubled and Brookover singled ahead of a Valentine sacrifice fly. Stack’s RBI triple followed before Standohar hit an RBI double down the right-field line.
“He’s been awesome. … He’s playing with such a chip on his shoulder,” Barone said of Standohar. “He just wants to do really well and do whatever we need him to. … He’s been a great player so far.”
Standohar then stole third before Conti bunted for the third time in the game, and would have reached first again if not for a great play by Outlaws (8-22) starting pitcher Josh Winkler (0-3), who dove, fielded the ball with his glove and flipped to first all in one motion to beat Conti by a step.
Winkler was injured on the play and turned the game over to a quartet of relievers, who allowed just two hits, five walks and one run over the final 3• innings.
Casey Vincent (St. Bonaventure University), Nolan Hunt (Canisius) and Chris Stefl (St. John’s University) combined for three innings of one-hit relief, striking out five while not walking a batter.
“Our bullpen has been a rock all season,” Barone said. “We have a lot of confidence that they are going to come in, throw strikes and get outs. … We love our bullpen.”
“I think this team really has confidence in each other. I have confidence in everyone in our bullpen,” Griggs added. “At any point in the game if I have to give it up, I know that they are going to compete out there and do their best.”
NOTES: The Jammers are off today before games at Geneva, Onondaga and Elmira on Tuesday-Thursday. … Jamestown returns home Friday to take on Onondaga at Diethrick Park. … Dubas and Tracz each had a pair of hits for Oneonta.