Jammers claim NYPL wild card, playoff berth

JAMESTOWN, N.Y.-The Jamestown Jammers closed out the New York-Penn League’s regular season in style Wednesday night with a 9-4 win over State College at Russell Diethrick Park. The Jammers wrapped up a spot in the playoffs with the win, finishing two games over Lowell – who finished the season on a four game losing streak – in the wild card standings.

With their playoff fate uncertain to start the game, Jamestown left nothing to chance with three first-inning runs to start the game.

Edwin Espinal brought in Elvis Escobar on a sacrifice fly for the first run before a bases-loaded walk scored Harold Ramirez and a passed ball allowed Austin Meadows to score to make it a 3-0 advantage for the home club.

Meadows extended the lead in the third with a solo homer – the second of his short stay in Jamestown – to make it a four run lead.

The Spikes got two back in the top of the fourth, but the Jammers weren’t done scoring just yet.

Jin-De Jhang drew his second bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth, and Michael Fransoso did the same just two batters later. Escobar’s sacrifice fly was deep enough to bring in Reese McGuire, and Ramirez singled home Jhang before State College could end the scoring.

Jhang drove in McGuire for one more run in the seventh, and that was all Jamestown would need as they finish the regular season with a 43-32 mark.

Chad Kuhl earned the win on the mound for the Jammers after allowing just two runs in five innings to start the game. Henry Hirsch picked up his fifth save of the season, and Brett McKinney also worked a scoreless inning in relief.

The Jamestown offense was led by Jhang, who was credited with three runs batted in on the day. Ramirez had two hits, and Meadows walked three times and scored three runs in the win.

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