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Two days to decide



Published: Tue, September 3, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The Mahoning Valley Scrappers beat Jamestown 11-4 Monday to remained tied for the Pinckney Division lead.

NILES -- The Mahoning Valley Scrappers remain tied for first place in the New York-Penn League's Pinckney Division after an 11-4 rout of the Jamestown Jammers Monday before 4,824 at Cafaro Field.

The Scrappers (45-29) and Auburn Doubledays have identical records with just two days remaining in the regular season. Auburn defeated the Batavia Muckdogs 1-0 on Monday.

Mahoning Valley will conclude the regular season with home games tonight and Wednesday against Jamestown, while the Doubledays finish up at home tonight against the Muckdogs, then travel to Batavia for the season finale on Wednesday.

The team that loses the Pinckney Division race could also very likely find itself out of the playoffs altogether.

In the McNamara Division, Staten Island is in first place with a 47-25 record, while Williamsport (47-27) is in second place, two full games ahead of both the Scrappers and Auburn.

Who will qualify

The three division winners and the second-place team with the best record qualify for the playoffs. If the Scrappers and Auburn finish the regular season in a tie, there will be a one-game playoff Thursday to determine the division champion.

A seven-run third inning by the Scrappers and three more in the fifth put Monday's game out of reach.

In the third, Andy Baxter, Pat Osborn and Ricardo Rojas all drove in a pair of runs in the inning. Baxter finished the night 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

With one out, Ben Francisco started the rally with a double. After Einar Diaz's groundout, a walk and hit batter loaded the bases. Baxter then singled to right, scoring two runs, and Shaun Larkin followed with a RBI single. Osborn's double scored two more runs, then, following a walk, Rojas tripled home the final two runs.

Blake Allen (5-5) worked six solid innings, allowed just two earned runs on five hits, with one walk and one strikeout to pick up the win.

Diaz, on a rehab assignment with the Scrappers, went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in. Diaz is working back from a hand injury suffered on Aug. 22 in a game against the Oakland Athletics.

The Jammers' Jimmy DeMontel (2-6) lasted just 42/3 innings and the Scrappers collected seven hits and 10 runs off his unimpressive outing.

JAMESTOWN SCRAPPERS

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Laidlaw lf4011Baxter 1b4223

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E--Puccinelli, Osborn. DP--Jammers 1, Scrappers 1. LOB--Jammers 6, Scrappers 7 2B--Puccinelli; Francisco, Diaz, Osborn.3B--Rojas. SB--Baxter, Larkin, Rojas.

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WP--DeMontel; Hernandez. HBP--by DeMontel (Peavey), by DeMontel (Rojas), by Corhyan (Francisco). Umpires--Jason Bradley. home; Matt Kellam bases. T--2:47. A--4,824.

HOW THEY SCORED

THIRD INNING

MAHONING VALLEY 7, JAMESTOWN 0

Rojas flied to left. Francisco doubled down the left field line. Diaz grounded to short; Franscisco to third. Wright walked. Peavey hit by pitch; Wright to second. Baxter singled to right; Francisco, Wright scored, Peavey to second. Larkin singled to center; Peavey scored, Baxter to second. Osborn doubled down right field line; Larkin, Baxter scored. Uegawachi walked. Rojas tripled to center; Uegawachi, Osborn scored. Francisco flied to center. 7 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 1 left.

FOURTH INNING

MAHONING VALLEY 7, JAMESTOWN 2

Randel grounded to short. Hermida singled. Rohleder singled to center; Hermida to second. Arlis walked; Rohleder to second; Hermida to third. Laidlaw singled to left; Hermida scored, Arlis to second, Rohleder to third. Ortiz reached on fielder's choice; Rohleder scored, Laidlaw to second, Arlis out at third. Andino reached on fielder's choice; Ortiz out at second. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 left.

FIFTH INNING

MAHONING VALLEY 10, JAMESTOWN 2

Baxter singled to right, stolde second, advanced to third on wild pitch. Larkin and Osborn walked. Uegawachi grounded into double play; Larkin to third; Baxter scored. Rojas hit by pitch. Rojas stole second. Francisco hit by pitch. Diaz singled to center; Rojas, Larkin scored. Francisco to second. Wright flied to center. 3 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 left.

SEVENTH INNING

MAHONING VALLEY 10, JAMESTOWN 3

Ortiz walked. Andino singled to right; Ortiz to second. Andino to second on wild pitch; Ortiz to third. Puccinelli grounded to third; Ortiz scored. Ordorica grounded to second; Andino to third. Randel struck out. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left.

EIGHTH INNING

MAHONING VALLEY 10, JAMESTOWN 4

Hermida singled to center. Rohleder singled to center; Hermida to second. Arlis grounded into double play; Rohleder out; Hermida to third. Laidlaw reached on error; Hermida scored. Ortiz struck out looking. 1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 left.

MAHONING VALLEY 11, JAMESTOWN 4

Wallace singled to right. Wright fouled out to third. Peavey singled to right; Wallace to third. Baxter reached on fielder's choice; Peavey out at second; Wallace scored. Larkin flied to right. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 left.




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