By JAYME RAMSON
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
NILES -- Good things happen in baseball when a team has solid at-bats and executes offensively. The Mahoning Valley Scrappers realized this after Wednesday's 9-8 win over the Jamestown Jammers.
The Scrappers were on the brink of losing a season-high fourth straight game, but got back into contention for the Pinckney Division crown and the New York-Penn League wild card berth.
Bill Peavey went 2-for-4 for the Scrappers with a single, a home run and a walk.
"I got a pitch up and I just took a good swing at it," said Peavey. "That's the main thing -- to get a good pitch and put a good swing on it and good things can happen."
More good things happened for the Scrappers Wednesday night. With the score tied at 8 and runners on base in the bottom of the ninth inning, Shaun Larkin and Eider Torres worked the count full in each of their at-bats. Larkin singled to move Jeff Haase to third and Torres' groundball scored Haase with the winning run.
"It was a long game and they never quit," said Scrappers manager Chris Bando. "Shaun Larkin had a great at bat and Jeff Haase and Eider Torres had tremendous at bats to push across a run for us."
The one dark side was that Mahoning Valley's recent pitching struggles continued. The bullpen lost a three-run lead in the sixth after Michael Rogers left the game. In the past three games the staff has yielded 28 runs.
"The last three nights our pitching, our bullpen has struggled," said Bando. "We need to do a little better job out of the bullpen.
"But our offense has been fine."
Rogers started for Mahoning Valley and pitched into the sixth inning, allowing three runs, all earned, striking out three, and picking a runner off first.
Jamestown's pitching staff blew a three-run lead in the fourth and a two-run lead in the seventh. Dustin Kupper, the Jammers' starter, lasted only 31/3 innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on six hits.
Peavey's solo shot was the start of a six-run fourth inning for the Scrappers. Mike Conroy doubled in two runs during the rally and finished the night 3-for-5.
"It feels really good to contribute for the team," said Peavey. "We needed this win and we needed to comeback and to really show people what we're made of."
Reed cf5020Francisco cf3100
Ordorica ss3110Conroy rf5032
Rohleder rf/lf4110McDougall 3b2000Hartig 1b3101Osborn ph/3b2000
Lepine dh4111Peavey dh4221
Word lf3222Haase c5110
Laidlaw pr/rf0000Baxter 1b5110
Arlis c4120Simonx 2b/ss4210
Puccinelli 3b4011Larkin ph1010
Wyant 2b4112Uegawachi 2b3111
E--Hartig, Word, Wyant, Kupper, Baxter. DP--Mahoning Valley 1. LOB--Mahoning Valley 9, Jamestown 8. HR--Word, Wyant, Peavey. 2B--Conroy. SB--Francisco. CS--Reed, Arlis.
Naylor L, 2-32 2-352102
Rich W, 1-0100012
HBP--by Kupper (Francisco). WP--Selmo. PB--Arlis. T--3:45. A--4,597.
HOW THEY SCORED
JAMESTOWN 3, MAHONING VALLEY 0
Jammers: Lepine walked. Word hit a two-run homer to left center. Arlis popped out to catcher. Puccinelli grounded out to short. Wyant hit a solo homer. Reed singled but was picked off. 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 0 left.
MAHONING VALLEY 6, JAMESTOWN 3
Scrappers: Peavey hit solo home run to right. Haase struck out. Baxter reached on error by pitcher and advanced to second on the throw. Simoneaux reached base on an infield single, Baxter to third. Baxter scored on Uegawachi's grounder to pitcher, Simoneaux to second. Gomez walked. Simoneaux and Uegawachi scored on Selmo's wild pitch. Francisco walked and stole second . Conroy doubled to left center, scoring Gomez and Francisco. McDougall walked. Peavey flied out to center, Conroy to third. Haase flied out to center. 6 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 2 left.
JAMESTOWN 6, MAHONING VALLEY 6
Jammers: Hartig walked. Lepine flied out to right. Word walked. Arlis walked. Hartig scored on a wild pitch. Puccinelli singled, Word scored, Arlis to third. Wyant grounded out to pitcher, Arlis scored. Reed struck out. 3 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left.
JAMESTOWN 8, MAHONING VALLEY 6
Jammers: Ordorica walked. Rohleder walked. Hartig grounded out to second baseman, Ordorica scored. Lepine singled to right, Rohleder scored. Word singled to right, Lepine to second. Arlis singled to right, Word to second, Lepine to third. Puccinelli grounded into double play. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 3 left.
MAHONING VALLEY 8, JAMESTOWN 8
Scrappers: Peavey walked. Haase popped out to cf. Baxter singled. Simoneaux safe at first on fielders' choice, Baxter out at second. Simoneaux to second on throwing error, Peavey scored. Torres pinch hit for Uegawachi and singled to left, advanced to third on error, Simoneaux scored. Gomez called out on strikes. 2 runs, 2 hits, 2 errors, 1 left.
MAHONING VALLEY 9, JAMESTOWN 8
Scrappers: Haase singled to left. Baxter popped out to third baseman. Larkin singled, Haase to third. Torres hit grounder to shortstop, safe on errant throw. Haase scored on throw. 1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 0 left.