Jammers Facing Elimination Tonight
Two Geneva Home Runs Back Stellar Start By Branche In 4-2 Victory
GENEVA — The Jamestown Jammers will face a winner-take-all Game 3 today against the Geneva Red Wings for the right to play for the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League championship.
Armed with a 1-0 series lead entering Friday’s semifinal series Game 2 at McDonough Park, the Jammers picked up just three hits en route to a 4-2 loss.
Steve Branche earned the win for Geneva, throwing seven innings of one-hit, two-run ball, striking out 10 while walking six.
“Our offensive approach was really bad tonight,” Jammers manager Anthony Barone said by phone following the game. “We hit a lot of fly balls and we struck out a lot tonight. It’s not a good recipe for success.”
Jamestown’s Josh Brammell singled to open the top of the eighth inning, only to see the next three Jammers retired in order.
In the ninth, Jamestown put a pair of runners on base with one out, but Joey Haass locked down the save by striking out Sterling Hayes and getting Brett Migliore to pop up to shortstop to end the game.
With the Jammers losing home-field advantage due to the Babe Ruth 16-18 World Series taking over Diethrick Park, Game 3 will be played at Colburn Park in Newark tonight.
“That doesn’t help us one bit,” Barone said about playing in Newark. “We really have to dig deep and figure out a way to win on the road.”
The Red Wings took an early 1-0 lead Friday night as Justin Barr hit a 2-0 pitch for a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the first inning off Jamestown starter Christian Young.
The Jammers took a short-lived 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning when Alex O’Donnell walked with one out, stole second and ended up at third base during Brandon Nania’s one-out walk. After a strikeout, Ben Livorsi walked to load the bases. Dailin Lee followed with a two-run single, but Livorsi was thrown out trying to advance to third on the play to end the inning.
Geneva got both runs back just three batters into the bottom of the fourth inning. Jack Harris led off with a walk and with one out stole second before advancing to third on a wild pitch. Langston Livingston made sure Harris didn’t have to run any farther as he hit a two-run home run to give the Red Wings a 3-2 lead.
“It’s Geneva. They hit home runs,” Barone said. “(Young) left a couple up and they put some good swings on him.”
Young threw six innings of five-hit ball, allowing three runs while striking out eight and walking three.
Geneva added on in the bottom of the seventh inning off Jamestown reliever Trevor Lloyd. Jesse Hall walked to open the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Barr. With one out, Tanner Murray singled and Hall scored when the ball got by Jammers center fielder Chase Keng. Murray attempted to score on the play, but was thrown out at the plate.
Jamestown will look to advance to its second straight championship series tonight. Barone was unsure who would make the start as of late Friday night.
NOTES: Amsterdam swept the other semifinal series, 2-0, after beating Watertown, 12-4, in Game 2 on Friday night. The best-of-three PGCBL Championship Series will begin Monday. If Geneva wins tonight, Amsterdam would have home-field advantage and host Games 1 and 3 on Monday and Wednesday. If the Jammers win tonight, they would have “home-field advantage” at a site to be determined.