Spikes sweep Vermont

STATE COLLEGE – The State College Spikes continued their winning ways on Sunday night, notching their seventh straight victory as they defeated the Vermont Lake Monsters, 3-1, to complete a perfect 6-0 homestand at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

State College has won nine games in a row at home and held onto sole possession of first place in the New York-Penn League Wild Card lead by a game over Tri-City. The Spikes are now 19-6 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park this season, including a 16-2 mark in their last 18 home contests.

Steven Ramos collected a pair of hits and a walk to make his bid to regain the lead in the NYPL’s batting race. Ramos is now hitting .360 for the year. Mason Katz helped lead the State College offense with a pair of doubles, and scored an insurance run in the eighth inning to give the Spikes their first lead of more than one run in the three-game series against Vermont (23-25).

Jimmy Bosco’s single in the third inning brought in Luke Voit for the first run of the game, and after the Lake Monsters tied it in the fourth on a run-scoring double play ball, Katz reached on an error which plated Carson Kelly to return the lead to the Spikes for good.

The Spikes received another strong pitching effort as well as they held Vermont to just two runs over the past three nights. Nick Petree started and went five innings for State College, allowing one run on four hits while striking out four. Jhonny Polanco tossed two scoreless innings in relief and yielded two hits while recording one strikeout for the win.

Michael Aldrete gave up two hits and struck out two in two shutout frames for the save.