Scrappers move back into tie for 1st place with victory
By John Bassetti
Rob Nixon’s first pitch to Auburn’s Caleb Ramsey came at 8:02 p.m. — almost an hour behind the scheduled time at Eastwood Field because of rain.
The game’s first hit came at 8:03 and the rest was downhill for Auburn as Mahoning Valley prevailed to end the Doubledays’ seven-game winning streak, 5-3, on Saturday.
The win put Mahoning Valley (29-20) back in a first-place tie with the Doubledays (29-20) in the New York-Penn League’s Pinckney Division.
Scrappers shortstop Tony Wolters redeemed himself from Friday night’s three errors, playing outstanding defense. Mahoning Valley had only one error on Saturday night.
After Ramsey’s hit to open the game, Bryce Ortega advanced Ramsey to second on a groundout and Matt Skole’s double brought Ramsey home for a 1-0 Doubledays lead.
Second baseman Todd Hankins, however, alertly fielded a high grounder off the bat of Russell Moldenbauer, which then ricocheted off the glove of Nixon, and threw to first baseman Jerrud Sabourin in time to get Moldenbauer for the third out to end the top of the first inning.
After an Auburn Doubledays doubleplay threw out Bryson Myles and Tony Wolters, Nathan Karns issued consecutive walks to Jake Lowery and Jordan Smith
Then Hankins’ triple to right-center scored Lowery and Smith with a 2-1 lead. A passed ball allowed Hankins to score for a 3-1 Scrappers lead after one.
Auburn scored once in the second inning and once in the fifth, but the Scrappers scored in the third and fifth.