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Stranded In Loss

Tarp Skunks Leave 10 On Bases As Niagara Falls Leaves With Win

Jamestown’s Nigel Sebastianelli is tagged out attempting to steal third base against Niagara Falls on Tuesday in Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League action. P-J photo by Matt Spielman

After beating the first-place Batavia Muckdogs on Monday night, the Jamestown Tarp Skunks stranded 10 runners on base in a 5-1 loss to the last-place Niagara Falls Americans in Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League action Tuesday at Diethrick Park.

Fourth-place Jamestown, which reached the .500 mark on Saturday before dropping a doubleheader Sunday, fell to 13-15 on the season, while the Americans improved to 9-20.

“It’s something you notice, but at the same time, in this league, anyone can win on any night,” Jamestown interim manager Ryan Hill said. ” … You just have to come out and play the best game you can every night, it doesn’t matter who you are facing.”

All six runs were scored in the first four innings as Tarp Skunks starting pitcher Brady Wright (Santa Fe College) allowed just one hit in three-plus innings of work, but hit five batters and walked two.

“Brady fought really well. He didn’t have his best stuff, but he gave it his best effort today,” Hill said. “I’m proud of him for the way he fought and stayed positive.”

Jamestown pitcher and Warren native Ben Berdine winds up during Tuesday’s Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League contest against Niagara Falls at Diethrick Park. P-J photo by Matt Spielman

Niagara Falls starting pitcher Jesse Capitano threw five innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out five. Relievers Mike Helig and Andrew Damiani threw the final four innings, combining for six strikeouts while allowing four hits.

Niagara Falls went ahead 2-0 in the top of the second inning as Wright hit the first two batters of the inning and they later scored on a wild pitch and a groundout.

“Sometimes a pitch gets away from him,” Hill said. “You just have to focus on the next pitch instead of the last pitch.”

Jamestown’s lone run came in the bottom of that frame when Bobby Stang (University of Dayton) led off with a single, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Henry Juan’s (Williams College) one-out RBI single.

Wright walked the Americans’ leadoff hitter in the third inning, then hit two batters to load the bases before Vincent Mauro’s sacrifice fly to left field.

Again in the fourth, Wright hit the leadoff batter to spell the end of his night. Warren Area High School graduate Ben Berdine (Mercyhurst University) came on for his first appearance of the season out of the bullpen and gave up an infield single that left runners at second and third after a throwing error.

An RBI groundout made it 4-1 before Nick Monile hit an RBI single to make it 5-1.

“I thought he pitched really well. You never know what to expect when it’s your first time out of the summer,” Hill said of Berdine. “I’m proud of him for the way he stepped up and came in for us today.”

Berdine pitched a clean fifth inning before Jamestown turned the ball over to relievers Simon Aluko (Shorter University) and Dunkirk High School graduate Peyton Ahlstrom (SUNY Fredonia), who combined to throw shutout ball over the final four innings. They struck out five batters.

“It’s great when there are two guys you can trust. They stepped up and did what they are capable of,” Hill said. “It’s great to see both of them have a good day.”

Nigel Sebastianelli (Niagara County Community College) moved back into the leadoff spot for the Tarp Skunks and went 3 for 4 with a stolen base, but was also picked off in the first inning.

“We have a lot of guys that can be in that leadoff spot,” Hill said. “I just like to mix it around based on who’s been there recently and what we are feeling that day. There are a lot of guys I feel confident in.”

Stang added two hits, but the team was 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position.

“I just think it’s one of those things in baseball; some days you find holes and other days you’ll hit them right at them every time,” Hill said. “I don’t think there’s anything they really need to change.”

Jamestown is off today before hosting the fifth-place Geneva Red Wings (10-14) on Thursday at Diethrick Park. Drury University’s Gage Hayes (3-1, 2.10) will be on the mound for the Tarp Skunks.

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