The State College Spikes got three runs in the first inning and held on to top the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 4-1. The loss snapped the Scrappers 5-0 start to the season.
State College would get on the board in the first inning thanks to a mistake by Scrappers starter Juan Mota. With no outs and runners at first and third, Mota was called for a balk allowing the first run of the game to score. Wood Myers then doubled to drive home Justin Toerner for a 2-0 lead. An RBI single from Andres Luna pushed the first inning lead out to 3-0.
Mahoning Valley would get their lone run in the top of the seventh inning. Angel Lopez was hit by a pitch to start the inning. With one out, Jose Fermin doubled to drive home Lopez to cut the deficit to 3-1.
State College would tack on an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh to push the score out to the final of 4-3.
Mota (0-1) started and took the loss. He went 4.2 innings, allowing 3 earned runs. Mota struck out 5 without allowing a walk. Randy Valladares followed with 1.2 innings of relief. Valladares 1 earned run on 3 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 3. Luis Santos went the final 1.2 innings. He did not allow a baserunner as he struck out 2.
The Scrappers (5-1) now return home to start a six game home stand starting at 7:05 on Thursday night against the Auburn Doubledays. Luis Ovied will get the start for Mahoning Valley.
Courtesy: Mahoning Valley Scrappers