Jammers can’t catch up in wild opener
By BEN OVIATT
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – Jamestown fell to the visiting Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 10-9, in a wild opener to the New York-Penn League season Friday at Russell Diethrick Park.
The Scrappers led 5-1 after two innings, and scored in every frame until the seventh.
Kevin Ross doubled home Erik Lunde in the bottom of the first to put the Jammers on the board. Lunde drove in Carl Anderson with a double in the third and scored on a single by Ross two batters later.
A fielder’s choice and an RBI single by Enyel Vallejo in the fourth cut into the Mahoning Valley lead once again, and a Taylor Gushue home run in the fifth made it a 9-6 game.
Anderson picked up an RBI and Ross drove in his third run of the game in the sixth to cut the lead to two.
The Jammers pulled within one on a triple by Gushue that scored Anderson, but couldn’t come any closer as they start the season at 0-1.
Anderson finished the night 4-for-5 with three runs scored, Ross was 3-for-5 with three RBI, and Gushue was 2-for-5 with two RBI.
Starting pitcher Miguel Rosario took the loss after working two thirds of an inning and allowing four earned runs on three hits. Andy Otamendi tossed three scoreless innings with three strikeouts to end the game.
Jamestown and Mahoning Valley will continue the four-game series Saturday afternoon at Russell Diethrick Park. Start time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Mahoning Valley 412 111 000 – 10 14 1
Jamestown 102 212 010 – 9 14 1
2b-Castillo (M) 2, Mejia (M), Ross (J), Lunde (J), Montilla (J). 3b-Gushue (J). HR-Gushue (J). WP-Gomez. LP-Rosario. S-Stokes.