Jammers split weekend set with Doubledays

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – Jamestown had an up and down weekend with the visiting Auburn Doubledays in town, dropping an 8-5 decision Saturday night before rebounding for a 6-5, 12-inning victory on Sunday. Both games were played at Diethrick Park in Jamestown.

On Saturday, Jamestown made the most of its five hits by collecting five runs. However, Auburn put up crooked numbers in the second, sixth and eighth innings and held on for the three-run victory.

Doubledays’ first baseman Jean Carlos Valdez had the biggest impact on the game, smacking a three-run homer in the second and adding a solo shot in the fourth for good measure. Both homers came off Jammers starter Dovydays Neverauskas who suffered the loss and fell to 0-2 on the year.

Jamestown managed to score twice in the third and once in the fourth, sixth and seventh. Harold Ramirez and Danny Collins had sacrifice flies in the third to get the Jammers within one at 3-2 and Jeff Roy added an RBI double in the fourth that made it 4-3.

Trailing 6-3, the Jammers took advantage of two Auburn errors in the sixth to make it 6-4 and got as close as 6-5 after Edwin Espinal’s RBI single in the seventh. However, Auburn scored twice in the top of the eighth to stretch the lead and Jamestown wouldn’t get any closer.

Michael Fransoso had two of Jamestown’s five hits. Roy, Espinal and Dave Valesente also had hits in the loss.

Jamestown rebounded in a big way Sunday, breaking a 5-5 tie on Ramirez’s RBI single in the bottom of the 12th to improve to 7-5 on the season.

Most of the fireworks in Sunday’s game came early as Jamestown led 5-4 after three innings, scoring twice in the first and three times in the second. Ramirez and Jin-De Jhang had RBI sacrifice flies in the first, Jimmy Rider and Fransoso had RBI singles in the second and a fifth run scored on an RBI groundout by Roy.

Auburn tied the game in the top of the eighth when Valdez led off with a single and scored on Wilman Rodriguez’s double off Jammers reliever Justin Topa. That run would be the last until Ramirez’s walk-off single in the 12th.

Roy, Fransoso, Elvis Escobar and Espinal had two hits each in the win, pacing Jamestown’s 13-hit attack. Kurt Yacko pitched two innings of one-hit ball to earn his first win of the season.

The Jammers continue their homestand Monday as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers come to town.