Offensive Outburst

Jammers Score Nine Straight Runs To Pull Away From Red Wings

Jamestown’s Sterling Hayes gets back to first base before Geneva’s Nick LaBrasca can apply a tag during Saturday’s Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game at Diethrick Park. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is only a little more than three weeks old, but the Jamestown Jammers have built themselves a nice first-place cushion in the West Division.

Isaiah Moten, Preston Yerrington and Clay Schwaner combined on an eight-hitter and were the beneficiaries of a 16-hit attack as the Jammers rolled to an 12-3 victory over Geneva at Diethrick Park on Saturday night.

The win raises Jamestown’s record to 14-3 and improved its lead to seven games over the Red Wings (8-11) in the division, heading into today’s exhibition game against the Southern Tier All-Stars.

Jammers manager Anthony Barone couldn’t be happier.

“We’re a fresh, young team that’s having fun,” he said. ” … We’re happy where we’re at.”

Jamestown second baseman Alex O’Donnell throws to first base during Saturday’s game against Geneva. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

It helps when you get the pitching, the hitting and the defense that Jamestown put on display in front of 335 fans.

“We played all three facets really well tonight,” Barone said. “It was a good, complete win against a good team.”

The victory was especially impressive given that Red Wings’ starter Sean Lubreski (2-2) hadn’t allowed an earned run in his three previous starts, but Jamestown touched up the right-hander from New Jersey Institute of Technology for eight runs — seven earned — in five innings to win going away.

“He made a couple mistakes,” Barone said. “It was a good win against a really good arm.”

The Jammers scored two runs in the first inning, four more in the fourth, two in the fifth, three in the sixth and one in the eighth. That was more than enough for Moten, who worked six innings to raise his record to 2-0. Yerrington struck out five in two innings of relief work and Clay Schwaner pitched a scoreless ninth.

Jamestown starting pitcher Isaiah Moten delivers to the plate during Saturday’s Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game against Geneva at Diethrick Park. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

The pitchers shared center stage with a host of offensive players.

Josh Lamb and Alex O’Donnell each had three hits, including a double; Josh Brammell, Sterling Hayes (double), and Ben Livorsi (double) had two hits apiece; and Chase Keng and Chris Rubottom both smacked a double.

The run production was also spread out as Hayes had three RBIs; O’Donnell, Keng, Rubottom and Brandon Nania had two apiece; and Dailin Lee had one against four Geneva pitchers.

The Jammers’ are now the owners of an .824 winning percentage and are three games better than Watertown for the best record in the league.

“When you put the uniform on, you need to expect to win,” Barone said. “It’s an organizational belief. It’s a mentality that we’re going to win and play hard for nine innings.

Jammers shortstop Josh Lamb makes an off-balance throw to first base. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

NOTES: The Red Wings scored two runs in the fourth, courtesy of Justin Barr’s double, and one in the eighth on Blaine McRay’s two-batter. … The Jammers’ exhibition game today is scheduled for 6 p.m. The Southern Tier All-Stars will be the host team for the Babe Ruth 16-18 World Series, which will be played Aug. 4-11 at Diethrick Park. “(Southern Tier coach) Jay Grann came to me with an idea,” Barone said. “His team needs reps, and it’s a great way to see us and the World Series team. We’re really excited about it.” Admission is $3. Proceeds will be split between the two teams. … The start of last night’s game was delayed 35 minutes by rain.