Steal of home keys Scrappers victory

Staff report

State College, PA.

After tripling with two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Tyler Freeman stole home for the eventual game winning run on Monday night.

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers used Freeman’s steal to abscond with a 9-7 win over the State College Spikes.

The Scrappers (12-4) struck for seven runs over the first two innings. Clark Scolamiero led the way with a two-run single in the first and a two-run single in the second as the Scrappers raced out to a 7-2 lead.

State College chipped away at the Scrappers’ lead by scoring twice in the first inning and four in the fourth.

The big blow for the Spikes was a two-out, three run double for Brady Whalen.

The Spikes tied the score in the bottom of the fifth thanks to two errors on one play.

In the top of the sixth inning with two outs Freeman tripled. As the Spikes tried to appeal that he missed second base, Freeman took off for the plate and scored without a throw to record his first professional steal of home. The run pushed the Scrappers out to an 8-7 lead.

The Scrappers added an insurance run in the ninth inning on an RBI single by Richie Palacios.

Juan Mota started and took a no decision in 3.1 innings. He allowed six runs, all earned, on seven hits.

Dakody Clemmer (2-0) picked up the win in 2.2 innings of relief. Clemmer allowed one unearned run on three hits. He struck out four.

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