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Tarp Skunks Win First Game Under New Manager On Tuesday

NIAGARA FALLS — A three-run top of the seventh inning helped the Jamestown Tarp Skunks get back in the win column with a 4-3 victory over the Niagara Falls Americans in their first game under interim manager Ryan Hill on Tuesday at Sal Maglie Stadium.

Aidan Wallace (University of Tampa) led off the seventh with a double and went to second on Eli Harpalani’s one-out walk. With two outs, Austin Matranga (Grand Canyon University) walked to load the bases and DJ Stoianovich (Mansfield University) followed with an RBI fielder’s choice. Jamestown took the lead when Bobby Stang (University of Dayton) hit a two-run single to right field.

Shaniel Maldonado (Mercer Community College), who pitched around a two-out single in the sixth inning, earned the win for the Tarp Skunks by retiring the final 10 Americans in order, including three strikeouts.

Gage Hayes (Drury University) threw the opening five innings for Jamestown, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk while striking out six.

The Tarp Skunks scored the first run of the game in the top of the third inning. Harpalani (Catawba Valley CC) walked with one out and scored on Matranga’s two-out double to left field.

Niagara Falls took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Dalton Harper walked and Greydon Miller was hit by a pitch with one out before Gavyn Boyle’s three-run home run.

The score remained 3-1 until Jamestown’s three-run seventh.

Hill took over the Tarp Skunks on Monday after Ben Julian resigned just 11 games into the season.

Hill was serving as Julian’s assistant coach to start the season after recently graduating from Mercyhurst University. He played the previous three years for the Lakers in addition to the Hornell Steamers of the New York Collegiate Baseball League.

Prior to Mercyhurst, Hill played at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York, for three years, and was a member of the Tribunes’ 2019 National Junior College Athletic Association Division III World Series team. He was all-conference as a sophomore at Monroe CC.

Hill will be assisted for the remainder of the season by Steven Mooney, who served as a volunteer assistant coach at Canisius College this past spring. With the Golden Griffins, Mooney’s primary responsibilities were with the catchers and pitching staff.

Prior to Canisius, Mooney coached with the New York Stingers, West Seneca Warriors and Central Amherst travel organizations. The Canisius High School graduate played six seasons at Clark University in Worchester, Massachusetts, where he helped the Cougars win a pair of league titles and was voted team captain twice.

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