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State College at Aberdeen, August 13-14

State College at Aberdeen, August 13-14

Aberdeen 3, State College 2 (11 inn.)

State College 1, Aberdeen 0

State College split the first two games of a weekend series at Aberdeen, home of Billy Ripken and his late father, Cal, Sr.  The Spikes lost the first game in 11 innings, 3-2, but came back the next night with a 1-0 win.

A couple asides here before I start.  For one, the radar gun at Ripken Stadium sure seemed slow to me on Friday night.  Either the pitchers set an all-time record for 84 mph fastballs, or all the other guns I’ve ever seen, including scouts’ guns and the ones at Pirate City, are calibrated too fast.  The gun also went haywire from time to time.  I went over to check the scouts’ guns during the Saturday game, though, and they were showing either the same as the scoreboard or, about half the time, one mph faster.  So take the Friday velocities with some caution.  Second, it was hard to get a read on secondary pitches because, as various sources have documented, the Pirates require their pitchers at...

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