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NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE Scrappers sweep doubleheader



Published: Sun, July 21, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Mahoning Valley beat the Staten Island Yankees by 2-1 and 6-2 on the road Saturday for an 18-14 record.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Quality pitching and timely hitting paved the way as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers swept a New York-Penn League doubleheader Saturday from the Staten Island Yankees.

The Scrappers won by scores of 2-1 and 6-2.

Three pitchers combined on a six-hitter as the Scrappers (18-14) used an efficient attack to win the opener.

Mahoning Valley batted around to score five runs in the sixth inning of the nightcap, after the Yankees (17-15) took a 2-0 lead in the second inning.

Opener

Keith Ramsey (1-1) pitched the first four innings for the Scrappers, and left with a 2-1 lead when he approached his 65-pitch count. Ramsey allowed five hits, no walks and struck out six.

Winning-pitcher Michael Hernandez (2-0) threw the next two innings for Mahoning Valley, and permitted just one walk to the seven Yankees that he faced.

Scrappers closer Ignacio Montano got the save, although the Yankees had a runner on third before a ground ball ended the game.

The Scrappers were held to three hits and finished with one runner left-on-base.

In the second inning, Brian Wright reached on an error. Scrapper catcher Jeff Haase homered to left for a 2-0 lead.

Haase, who was hitting .320 with four homers and 14 RBIs entering the game, belted a two-run home run in the first inning Thursday as the Scrappers defeated Batavia, 8-3.

He leads the team with five homers.

The next 10 Scrappers were retired before Andrew Baxter singled to right with one out in the fifth. He was retired on a double play ball by Mike Conroy.

The next four Scrappers went down in order before Wright singled with one out in the seventh. He was stranded on second.

Nightcap

The Yankees scored single runs in the first two innings off Victor Kleine (3-2), and appeared ready to blow open the game in the fifth when they used a single, an error and a stolen base to put a pair in scoring position with none out.

Kleine got a strikeout, a pop-up and a ground ball to keep the Scrappers within a run, 2-1.

Mahoning Valley batted around in the sixth, scoring five runs on five hits off Yankees pitcher Josh Neitz, who entered the game 2-0 with an 0.57 era.

The big inning was highlighted by a two-run single by David Wallace that made it 3-2 and a pinch-hit, two-run single by Haase that made it 6-2.

Haase now leads the team with 18 RBIs.

Baxter also had an RBI-single in the fifth.

Chris White pitched the final two innings and struck out three of the seven batters he faced.

The teams played the doubleheader after Friday's game was rained-out. They will play the final game of the three-game series today at 5:05 p.m.

Auburn (21-11), the first-place team in the Pinckney Division, will be at Cafaro Field for a three-game series beginning Monday, then Jamestown comes in Thursday for two more games.




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