Tarp Skunks win home opener
JAMESTOWN — Two hours before the Jamestown franchise in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League played its 2021 home opener, the local band, “For the People,” performed “Glory Days” during a tailgate party outside Diethrick Park.
As it turned out, it was rather prophetic.
With apologies to Bruce Springsteen, Thursday night turned out to be glorious indeed.
Four pitchers didn’t allow a run and the Tarp Skunks used small ball in the fifth inning to break the game open en route to a 9-0 victory before 1,532 delighted fans on a beautiful night on the city’s eastside.
Left-handers Ryan Bradarich, Justin Guiliano, Brandon Demma and Dane Padrnos scattered six hits and struck out eight to help Jamestown improve to 5-1 on the season heading into tonight’s 7 o’clock home game against Elmira.
The Tarp Skunks will be tough to beat if they play like they did last night.
While the quartet of pitchers did their job, Jamestown used three consecutive bunts and took advantage of three Batavia errors in the decisive fifth to put the game out of reach.
The Tarp Skunks jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two innings, courtesy of Luke Turner’s infield RBI single in the first inning and Anthony Badala led off the second with a double and scored on Justin Bailey’s sacrifice fly off Muckdogs’ starter and losing pitcher.Dathon Mcgrath.
As it turned out, that was more than enough for the quartet of Bradarich, Guiliano, Demma and Padrnos.
Bradarich wiggled himself out of several early jams as he left two Muckdogs’ runners stranded in the second, third and fourth innings. In the fifth — his final inning — he retired the side in order, aided by an outstanding diving stop by third baseman Danny Hosley, who threw out the runner at first. Bradarich then struck out Abner Benitez looking to end the inning and his night.
When the final out was recorded in the top of the ninth, the Tarp Skunks sprinted from the dugout and celebrated the Jamestown franchise’s first home victory in roughly 1,000 days. As they left the field and into their clubhouse, the music playing on the public-address system — “Taking Care of Business — was more than appropriate.