Jammers Complete Sweep
ELMIRA — The start of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Championship Series won’t be known until sometime today, but the Jamestown Jammers just know that they’re in it.
Sparked by three hits apiece from John Conti and Jimmy Standohar, and a defense that turned two double plays and a momentum-changing triple play, the Jammers downed Elmira, 7-4, Thursday night at Dunn Field to complete a sweep of the three-game series.
The victory means that Jamestown will be the top seed in the championship series, which begins either Saturday or Sunday at Mohawk Valley, which knocked off Amsterdam, 4-3, last night to complete its own sweep. Game 2 and the if-necessary Game 3 will be in Jamestown.
Michael Ginther was credited with the win, working the first 5.2 innings, before giving way to Colin Johnston who pitched three frames. When he got into a sticky situation in the bottom of the ninth, Westfield native Nolan Hunt got the final out to earn the save.
“This has been a great group of guys this year,” Coach Anthony Barone said. “I’m so proud of how they stuck together. We have one final step. I know they’re going to play hard. We had such a good start (to the season), we got into a little funk, but we’re playing so well now. We really stuck together.”
The Jammers led 1-0 after three innings, but the Pioneers tied it in the bottom of the fourth and went ahead 2-1 in the fifth. The hosts might have had an even bigger lead, but Jamestown ended the fourth with a triple play that went from second baseman Nick Bernick to shortstop Alex O’Donnell to first baseman Ben Brookover that got Ginther out of a first-and-second, no-out jam.
“There were a lot of momentum shifts early in the game,” Barone said. “The triple play was crucial for us to stay in the game.”
The Jammers finally took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth inning, three in the seventh and one in the eighth.
Highlighting the sixth-inning rally were RBI singles by Standohar and Bernick, while in the seventh Brookover had an RBI single. The other two runs scored via a hit by pitch and a walk.
“Late in the game we had a lot of quality at-bats, we were playing our style and we broke it open in the end,” Barone said.
Now it’s on to the championship series.
“This is really big for the community and something they should be really proud of,” Barone said. “Hopefully, they can get behind us and help us to a championship.”