State College Spikes �8, �Batavia Muckdogs �4 (box)
Things got off to a tough start in State College, when the first Batavia batter homered, and the next one tripled off Spikes' starter Kevin Decker, making his pro debut. �But Decker settled down and struck out the third batter, then got a grounder to short for the fielder's choice out at the plate, and another force out to end the inning. �He hit a batter in the 2nd and walked one in the 3rd, but did not allow another hit or run in his 3 innings of work.
The Spikes scored 2 runs in the 2nd, on a single by DH Chase Lyles, and doubles by LF Adalberto Santos and SS Kelson Brown.
Ryan Beckman took over for Decker in the 4th. �Beckman kept the Muckdogs scoreless that inning, but allowed a run in the 5th on a walk, a single, a sacrifice bunt, and an RBI ground out, tying the score. �A fielding error by Beckman led to an unearned run in the 6th, giving Batavia a 3-2 lead. �The Spikes came back with 3 runs in the bottom of the frame. �2B G...
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