NY-PENN LEAGUE Constanza's 10th-inning single helps Scrappers win 4th straight
BATAVIA, N.Y. -- The Mahoning Valley Scrappers blew a five-run lead, then rallied in the 10th inning for a 6-5 victory over the Batavia Muckdogs Monday night.
The Scrappers led 5-0 after six innings behind five innings of two-hit shutout pitching from starter Jim Deters.
The Muckdogs came back to score one run in the seventh and four in the eighth to tie the contest.
Mahoning Valley came up with the winning run in the 10th inning when Derrick Peterson led off with a single to left field, was sacrificed to second by Mike Woodson and with two outs was brought home on a single up the middle by Jose Constanza.
The Scrappers improved to 8-6 and won their fourth straight contest. Batavia dropped to 5-9.
Deter was almost untouchable through five innings, allowing just two singles, walking one and striking out one.
Mahoning Valley scored one run in the first inning, three in the fourth behind Trevor Crowe's two-run triple and then added a fifth run in the fifth inning on Jordan Brown's solo home run, his third of the season.
The Muckdogs got one run off Shea Douglas in the seventh inning on a two-base error by Brown in left field and then a double off the wall in right by Jeremy Slayden.
In the eighth relievers Nelson Hiraldo and Josh Kite had their problems, allowing two hits and three walks as the Muckdogs scored four times to tie the game.
Kite (1-0) ended up getting the victory, pitching a perfect ninth inning, while Thomas Crowley came on to get the save in the 10th.
The two teams meet in the third and final game of the series tonight at 7 p.m.