The Spikes capitalized on a throwing error in the 11th to defeat the ValleyCats 2-1 at Tri-City.
Luis Perez singled to open the 11th for only the third Spikes hit of the game. Jimmy Bosco attempted to sacrifice Perez into scoring position but the ValleyCats' reliever threw the ball into right field, allowing Perez to race home for the winning margin. Mason Katz accumulated both of his team's other hits with the key blow being a home run in the fifth that knotted the game at one all.
Arturo Reyes, Kevin Herget and Jacob Booden, our Players of the Day, combined for a five-hitter. Reyes yielded an unearned tally on a single and sac fly in the second. The Gonzaga product finished by retiring 14 consecutive batters, giving up three hits and a base-on-balls over six with 13 ground outs, four fly outs and one strikeout.
Herget fanned six over the next three frames, yielding two hits and a walk. Booden earned his first post-season win by shutting down the opposition on one free pass in the 10th and 11th while striking out four.
State College hosts Tri-City in games two and three, the latter if necessary, at Medlar Field. Nick Petree (0-1, 18.00) will try to rebound from a rough outing against Jamestown in which he lasted just three innings. Petree will face right-hander Michael Feliz, the New York-Penn League ERA champion. Feliz compiled a 4-2 record with a 1.96 ERA during the regular season.
Wednesday's game: New York-Penn Championship Series game two vs. Tri-City, 7:05 pm ET, Nick Petree (0-1, 18.00) (3-1, 1.62 – regular season)
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