Jammers ‘raise it’ in dramatic fashion

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – Sometimes you have to win ugly.

Despite not having its best pitching performances on Friday, Jamestown found a way to string together enough hits for a 10-9, 10-inning victory over the Connecticut Tigers, at Diethrick Park.

The Jammers (19-12) won the rubber match of the three-game set and did so in dramatic fashion. Jamestown tied the game with a two-out Erich Weiss RBI triple in the bottom of the ninth before winning the game on a Jeff Roy two-out walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th.

Offense wasn’t the problem on this night with Jamestown putting plenty of runs on the scoreboard. Many of those runs came early with a six-run first inning outburst.

After the Tigers took a 1-0 lead on Jammers starter Isaac Sanchez, Jamestown’s bats went to work. Harold Ramirez started a strong night at the plate with a two-run single that scored JaCoby Jones and Michael Fransoso, giving Jamestown a 2-1 lead.

The margin was extended later in the inning after an RBI double from Danny Collins and a two-run single from Edwin Espinal. Adam Frazier’s two-out run-scoring single made it 6-1 hosts after an inning.

The Tigers (12-19) wouldn’t stay down long, scoring three unanswered runs to get within 6-4 after three and a half frames. Jamestown stopped the bleeding in the bottom of the fourth when Weiss tripled and later scored on Dave Valesente’s RBI single.

Connecticut cut the lead to 7-6 in the top of the fifth only to watch the Jammers stretch the advantage back to two on Ramirez’s one-out solo shot in the bottom of the fifth.

Connecticut completed the comeback in the top of the sixth with a three-run inning that gave it a 9-8 edge. An RBI single from Curt Powell and an RBI double from Dominic Ficociello tied the game at 8-8 and Ben Verlander – younger brother of Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander – provided the go-ahead hit with an RBI single that scored Ficociello.

Jamestown refused to go quietly, rallying for a run in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. An error kept the Jammers alive with two outs and Weiss came to the plate trying to extend the game. He did so with a line drive triple to right, scoring Elvis Escobar and tying the contest at 9-9.

Kurt Yacko tossed a nifty top of the 10th for Jamestown, setting up the Jammers with the opportunity to walk off in the bottom of the inning.

Frazier led off with a single and moved to second on Jones’ walk. Moments later, both runners moved up 90 feet after a pickoff attempt at first was thrown wide of the target. The Tigers walked Fransoso intentionally to load the bases with still nobody out.

Things started to look bleak for the Jammers after back-to-back strikeouts from Ramirez and Collins. However, with two out, Roy stepped the plate, depositing a pitch into center, scoring Frazier and allowing Jamestown to extend its New York-Penn League Pinckney Division lead.

Weiss led the winners with a team-best four hits. Roy added three hits of his own and Frazier and Ramirez added two hits apiece. Ramirez drove home a team-best three runs.

The starter, Sanchez, allowed two runs on two hits with three walks in three innings of work. Relievers Henry Hirsch and Jared Lakind had the most trouble out of the Jamestown bullpen, combining to allow seven runs on eight hits in two and two-thirds innings of work. Yacko earned his second win with an inning of one-hit ball.

The Jammers return to action at 7:05 p.m., Saturday, hosting the Aberdeen Ironbirds of the NYPL McNamara Division in the opener of a three-game series.

Connecticut 101 223 000 0 – 9 12 5

Jamestown 600 110 001 1 – 10 15 1

2b-Danny Collins (J), Duncan McAlpine (C), Rphael Rhymes (C), Dominic Ficociello (C). 3b-Rhymes (C), Erich Weiss (J) 2. HR-Ben Verlander (C), Harold Ramirez (J). WP-Kurt Yacko. LP-Zac Reininger.