STATE COLLEGE - The State College Spikes continued their winning ways on Sunday night, notching their seventh straight victory as they defeated the Vermont Lake Monsters, 3-1, to complete a perfect 6-0 homestand at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
State College (27-19) has won nine games in a row at home, and holds onto sole possession of first place in the New York-Penn League Wild Card lead by a game over Tri-City. The Spikes are now 19-6 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park this season, including a 16-2 mark in their last 18 home contests.
Steven Ramos collected a pair of hits and a walk to make his bid to regain the lead in the NYPL's batting race. Ramos is now hitting .360 for the year. Mason Katz helped lead the State College offense with a pair of doubles, and scored an insurance run in the eighth inning to give the Spikes their first lead of more than one run in the three-game series against Vermont (23-25).
Jimmy Bosco's single in the third inning brought in Luke Voit for the first run of the game, and after the Lake Monsters tied it in the fourth on a run-scoring double play ball, Katz reached on an error that plated Carson Kelly to return the lead to the Spikes for good.
The Spikes received another strong pitching effort as well as they held Vermont to just two runs over the past three nights. Nick Petree started and went five innings for State College, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out four. Jhonny Polanco (2-2) tossed two scoreless innings in relief and yielded two hits while recording one strikeout for the win. Michael Aldrete (1) gave up two hits and struck out two in two shutout frames for the save.
The Spikes also turned three double plays on the night to bolster the mound corps, with NYPL All-Star shortstop Cesar Valera part of all three.
Reliever Tyler Johnson (1-1) took the loss after giving up the second State College run, which was unearned, on a total of two hits and two walks over two innings of work. Johnson also struck out one batter.
Vermont's Ryon Healy went 3-for-4 to spearhead the Lake Monsters' attack, while Luis Baez added a pair of hits.
The Spikes will have an off day on Monday, and then head to New York City to begin a six-game stay in the Big Apple. State College will face the Staten Island Yankees (New York Yankees) and Brooklyn Cyclones (New York Mets) over the course of the road trip, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. matchup on Tuesday against Staten Island. The Spikes will send left-hander Jimmy Reed (2-1) to the mound, while the Yankees are scheduled to have left-hander Conner Kendrick (1-2) on the hill.
STATE COLLEGE - The State College Spikes took their third straight Saturday night walk-off win as Cesar Valera singled in the tenth inning to give the Spikes a 2-1 win over the Vermont Lake Monsters at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Steven Ramos got the Spikes' last rally going with a leadoff double off of the bag at third base, and Ramos' steal of third put him in prime position to score. After Jimmy Bosco was intentionally walked, Valera sent a pitch from newly entered Vermont (23-24) pitcher Trevor Bayless to right-center field to score Ramos and give the Spikes their second straight walk-off win and fourth overall this season.
Bosco went 4-for-4 on the game with a double, collecting his second four-hit game of the season and providing exactly half of the eight State College hits on the night.
Ramos knocked in the Spikes' first run with a sacrifice fly in the second inning one batter after Brett Wiley tripled to right field.
Spikes starter Willy Paulino struck out eight batters over a season-long six innings, the most for any State College pitcher in a single outing this season. Paulino yielded Vermont's only run on three hits, three walks and a hit batsman. Jeff Rauh (2-2) earned the victory in relief with a perfect tenth inning
The Lake Monsters tied the game in the fourth inning on Michael Soto's RBI single. Soto was the only Vermont player with multiple hits in the game.
Reliever Matt Stalcup (1-4) took the loss after being tagged with the winning run on a total of three hits and an intentional walk over 3 2/3 innings.
The contest was the first to go extra innings at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park this year, but took just 2 hours, 25 minutes to play.