Tarp Skunks Clinch Playoff Berth

BATAVIA — The Jamestown Tarp Skunks couldn’t take the field in 2020 due to COVID-19.

They have made it worth the wait.

Jamestown clinched a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League playoff spot Friday evening with a 7-3 win over the Batavia Muckdogs at Dwyer Stadium.

Regular third baseman Danny Hosley made his third start of the season on the mound, and turned in an eight-inning performance, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits while striking out 10. He did not walk a batter.

Once again, closer Matt Henson had to navigate through trouble in the bottom of the ninth inning. After two quick outs, Henson allowed three straight singles to load the bases, but he struck out Joe Georger on a 3-2 pitch to end the game.

Batavia took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning before the Tarp Skunks answered with a five-run fifth inning. Luke Turner reached on a one-out error before back-to-back walks to Johnny Kampes and Padraig O’Shaughnessy. Justin Bowers then walked to force in a run and Kolbe Aven was hit by a pitch to force in another run.

Jamestown took the lead on Elijah Pascual’s sacrifice fly to center field and Chase Carlson walked, spelling the end of the night for Batavia starting pitcher Julian Pichardo. Justin Bailey greeted Trey Bacon with a two-run single to give the Tarp Skunks a 5-2 lead.

The Muckdogs got a run back in the sixth inning, but Jamestown added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth. Turner and Kampes walked with two outs. Cory Blackburn then pinch-ran for Turner and came around to score when O’Shaughnessy reached on an error. Then, with a 1-2 count on Bowers, Kampes scored on a throwing error by Batavia’s catcher.

The Tarp Skunks return home for a 7 p.m. game against the Muckdogs tonight at Diethrick Park.


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