Christopher Shannon reporting from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park for WaxCracker.com

Will Anderson State College Spikes NYPL Playoffs
State College starting pitcher, Will Anderson delivers a pitch during the Spikes’ NYPL playoff semifinal game against the Hudson Valley Renegades. Anderson pitched 7.1 scoreless innings to help the Spikes even their semifinal series against the Renegades. (Photo by Christopher Shannon)
Medlar Field State College Spikes
State College Spikes’ home field, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, from the press box before the start of Thursday night’s NYPL semifinals game two contest between the Spikes and the Hudson Valley Renegades (Tampa Bay Rays).  (Photo by Christopher Shannon

The grounds crew is getting the infield ready here at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, home of the State College Spikes (St. Louis Cardinals), as everyone prepares for tonight’s New York-Penn League playoffs semifinals, game two matchup between the Pickney Division Champion Spikes and the McNamara Division Champion Hudson Valley Renegades (Tampa Bay Rays).

The Spikes look to even the series against the Renegades tonight as Hudson Valley took game one of the series 3-0 last night in Wappingers Falls, NY (near Poughkeepsie).  Being down a game in the playoffs is nothing new for the Spikes, however, as they trailed the Jamestown Jammers 1-0 in last year’s NYPL semifinal series before winning that series 2-1.  Also, State College ace Will Anderson will be toeing the rubber for the Spikes.  Anderson is 6-2 and owns a 2.43 ERA on the season.  The ‘Gades will counter with Hunter Wood (3-4, 3.08 ERA) on the hill.

Stay tuned for updates as the game progresses tonight.

6:45pm Update: The Spikes’ secret weapon, Josiah Viera (his ESPN E:60 story) just said the Spikes’ will win tonight and tomorrow to comeback and take the series.

7:39pm Update: After 2 1/2 innings, State College leads 2-0.

8:33pm Update: Seventh inning stretch time at the ballpark and State College now leads 3-0.

Robelys Reyes State College Spikes NYPL Playoffs
State College’s Robelys Reyes scores on a Jhohan Acevedo sacrifice fly in the second inning of the Spikes’ NYPL playoff contest against the Hudson Valley Renegades. (Photo by Christopher Shannon)

9:35pm Update: State College starting pitcher Will Anderson pitched 7.1 scoreless innings (taking a perfect game though 5.2 innings) to lead the State College Spikes to a 3-0 NYPL playoff semifinal game two victory over the Hudson Valley Renegades.  Josh Lucas pitched 1.2 innings for the Spikes to earn the save.  At the plate State College was led by Jake Stone’s 2-4 effort with Darren Seferina, Robelys Reyes, and Nick Thompson scoring the runs for the Spikes.

On the other side, Hudson Valley starting pitcher Hunter Wood took the loss for the Renegades going six innings while giving up all three Spikes runs (2 earned).  At the plate, the Renegades were led by Braxton Lee’s 2-4 night.

State College and Hudson Valley will play a deciding game three in State College tomorrow with the winner advancing to the New York-Penn League Championship Series.

Nick Thompson State College Spikes NYPL Playoffs
State College’s Nick Thompson went 1-3 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored as the Spikes forced a decisive game three in their NYPL playoff semifinal series against the Hudson Valley Renegades. (Photo by Christopher Shannon)