Jamestown Jammers (2-2) pitcher Matt Shannon almost pulled off the first complete game of the summer against
the Butler BlueSox (3-2) Saturday night when the two teams squared off in front of the fourth largest crowd in BlueSox history.
Shannon was able to strike out eight and force 15 groundouts, while allowing four hits and one run in 8.1
innings to secure his first win.
The Jammers didn't waste any time, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning off of three hits. Dominique Jackson
hit a double in the first at-bat, and the Eric Solberg followed him up with a single. Paxton De La Garza recorded his Prospect
League-leading 25th RBI to score Jackson, and a single from Alex O'Donnell allowed Solberg to score.
Josh LaPiana was tagged with the loss for the BlueSox, giving up eight hits and three runs, while striking
out five in seven innings.
David Marcus had two doubles to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Matt Hansen and Michael Patrick each
singled for Butler.
Butler's only run came in the fourth inning, when Solberg mis-threw a groundout to the first baseman Austin
Alonge, which allowed Hansen to score an unearned run.
Jamestown's offense had 10 hits, including a home run from Nick Vehlewald in the seventh inning, which gave
the Jammers a 3-1 lead. Eight out of the nine batters for the Jammers had at least one hit, with Alonge and De La Garza striking
A crowd of 1428 attended the game, which was followed by the City of Butler Fireworks show.
The two teams will conclude their two-game series Sunday evening for the Monroe Hotel Night. First pitch is
scheduled for 6:35 at the KAP.
Live: Jammers at Sox
The BlueSox have yet to defeat the first-year Jammers, who just barely lost the first half title last week.
They'll try to sqash the grapes on the Fourth of July. If you can't make it out to the KAP you can listen to the game live
with Jerin Steele. First pitch is at 7:05pm.
Zach Spangler has been so good this summer he hasn't had to deal with many tough situations, but Friday night
in Chillicothe things got as tough as they can. Spangler, however, lived up to his All-Star label by getting Butler out of
the jam and helping the Sox sweep the Paints with a 5-4 victory.
The back-and-forth contest led to Chillicothe loading the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth. With
one run in, Butler's lead was down to a single slim run. DH Chad Roberts smoked a line drive right back at Spangler who caught
the ball and doubled Justin Dages off of third base to seal the victory.
Things were no less spectacular offensively for Butler. Nick Rabat hit his first home run of the season with
one out in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1. Chillicothe quickly retook the lead, but Butler tied things at 2-2 with a Matt
Hansen RBI single in the seventh.
The next batter, David Marcus, smoked a 2-0 pitch over the fence, pulling Butler ahead 4-2. Marcus, however,
wasn't done. He smacked a sac fly to center field in the top of the ninth that would ultimately prove to be a big insurance
Tyler Slepski kept the Paints at bay, allowing three runs over 6.2 innings. He struck out a pair. After Jordan
Godman stole second in the bottom of the seventh, Butler turned to Tim Faix who struck out the only batter he faced, getting
the Sox out of the inning.
Eli Martin was perfect in a 1-2-3 eighth that included two Ks to bridge the gap to Spangler.
Ty White and Matt Hansen both had three hits and stole a base, while Russell Clark doubled.
Marcus, who now leads the League with five homers, was voted the starting first baseman for the East Division
All-Stars earlier in the day. Spangler, Hansen, and Alex Miklos will join him in the mid-season exhibition in Richmond on
The BlueSox will return home to Butler on Saturday night. First pitch is slated for 7:05pm and the City of
Butler Independence Day Fireworks Show will follow. Tickets are selling quickly.
Four Sox Voted to All-Star Game
The Butler BlueSox will have four representatives in the 2015 Prospect League All-Star Game in David Marcus,
Zach Spangler, Matt Hansen, and Alex Miklos, the League announced on Friday.
Marucs, Spangler, Hansen, Miklos
David Marcus (California University of PA) will start the game at first base for the East Division. He not
only leads Butler in many offensive categories, but is close to the top League-wide in many stats. Marcus is hitting .381
(1st in the League), with 43 hits (1st), 11 doubles (2nd), home runs (1st), 19 RBIs (5th), and 27 runs created (1st).
Relief pitcher Zach Spangler (Kent State) leads the Prospect League with ten saves, just six shy of the all-time
single season League record. He has been lights out with a 0.77 ERA over his 11.2 innings pitched, having surrendered just
five hits and four walks. He has struck out 12.
Matt Hansen (University of Toledo) is hitting .301/.383/.330 as the BlueSox starting shortstop. He has scored
14 runs, knocked in 11, and stolen eight bases for Butler this summer. He will back up Deion Tansel, who is his teammate
at University of Toledo.
This summer marks Alex Miklos's (Kent State) third with the BlueSox and his first trip to the All-Star Game.
He his hitting .260/.310/.286 with seven runs, four RBIs, and six swiped bags for Butler this year.
The All-Star Game will be held in Richmond, Indiana on Wednesday, July 8 at 7:05pm. A pro scout work out,
autograph session, player meet-and-greet, and home run derby will be part of a daylong celebration on Tuesday, July 7 starting