In the 7-2 loss last night, the Muckdogs (44-27) now sit just a game and a half above the Jammers (43-29) in first place in the Pinckney Division. Errors proved costly for Batavia in the contest, as they had five, and the pitching staff was less sharp than they have been of late.
Josh Hester (2-2) picked up the loss in his start. He threw two and a third innings with nine hits, seven runs (four earned) and three strikeouts. Jammer Elih Villanueva (2-1)got the win as he pitched the first six innings with six hits, one run, one walk and four strikeouts.
Jamestown wasted no time jumping to an early lead as they scored five runs in the 1st inning. Two singles followed by a three-run homerun off the bat of Miguel Fermin started the assault. Two RBI singles later in the inning made it a 5-0 game.
The Muckdogs first got on the board in the 3rd. They scored one run when Edwin Gomez doubled and came home when Shane Peterson singled. The Jammers answered right back with two more runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Ernie Banks reached on a fielding error before Joel Staples singled and Brandon Turner followed with a double.
Batavia tried to rally in the 8th, scoring once more on singles by Peterson and Frederick Parejo. Parejo went 3-for-4 in the game with a RBI. Jermaine Curtis went 2-for-5 with a double. Peterson also was 2-for-5, with a RBI and a run scored.
The Muckdogs come HOME to Dwyer Stadium tonight at 7:05 to take on Jamestown again; a win can clinch a first place finish.