Tarp Skunks beat Pioneers
JAMESTOWN — A little more than a week into the season, Jamestown is proving that winning is a habit.
The ability to lay down a bunt is, too.
For Tarp Skunks manager Jordan Basile, you can’t have one without the other.
For the second time in as many games, Jamestown used a sacrifice bunt — this time by Justin Bailey — in the decisive seventh inning to ultimately score a pair of runs that helped propel the Tarp Skunks to a 9-7 victory over Elmira in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park on Friday night.
The win raises Jamestown’s record to 6-1 heading into today’s game at Elmira.
Warren, Pennsylvania’s Ryan Rafalski earned the victory in relief while Matt Henson picked up the save, although both right-handers had to work out of some trouble to keep the Pioneers at bay.
Bailey, DiMaggio Cazares (triple) and Johnny Kampes (triple) all had two hits for the Tarp Skunks, who finished with 11 on the night off three Elmira pitchers. Padraig O’Shaughnessy also had a triple, while Elijah Pascual added a double.
Cam Hill belted a three-run home run and added an RBI single, and Donovan Montgomery (triple) had two hits, drove in a run and scored three more for the Pioneers.
But for all the extra-base hits in the game, the 532 fans who turned out on a muggy night witnessed yet again the importance of fundamentals, especially the ability to lay down a bunt.
Trailing 6-5 heading to the bottom of the seventh, the Tarp Skunks’ Mark Tucker and Pascual drilled back-to-back doubles to right-center field to tie the game. Cory Blackburn was hit by a pitch, which sent Bailey to the plate, and he promptly laid down a bunt that the Elmira pitcher threw down the right-field line, and Pacual and Blackburn both came around to score to extend Jamestown’s lead to 9-6.
The Pioneers closed to within a run in the eighth on Hill’s RBI single off Rafalski, but the right-hander, who surrendered an unearned run in the seventh, buckled down and retired the next two batters before Henson came on to get the final out of the inning.
In the ninth, Henson recorded two quick outs, but then walked two batters in succession. With the go-ahead run at the plate, Henson struck out Dom Popa to end the game.