Jammers stay hot to start season

The Jamestown Jammers went 5-1 during games played July 1 through Saturday, holding on to first place in the New York-Penn League’s Pinckney Division with a 12-6 record.

Jamestown began the week at Diethrick Park winning 2 of 3 games against Mahoning Valley, 1-0, on July 1 and 7-3 on July 3. The Jammers lost the middle game of the three-game set 5-3. The game began July 2, but was completed the next day after a torrential downpour halted the game before the start of the bottom of the second inning.

Jamestown went on the road to take on Auburn for three games, winning all three games after outscoring the Doubledays, 34-10, including a 15-5 win on July 5 and a 14-1 win on July 6. The Jammers celebrated Independence Day with a 5-4 win to improve their record to 10-6.

Helping the Jammers this week was a better production at the plate with runners in scoring position, where they went 24 for 62 (.387), a vast improvement over last week when they went 33 for 127 (.260).

As a team, Jamestown leads the league in batting average (.274), on-base percentage (.353), and are second in OPS (.750) and are third in slugging (.397).

The Jammers’ pitching staff has a collective 3.51 ERA and three shutouts while striking out 120 and walking 60.

Kevin Kleis (1-0), Jared Lakind (1-0), Dovydas Neverauskas (1-2), Cesar Lopez (1-1) and Justin Topa (1-1) all picked up their first wins of the season while Kleis also picked up a save in the Jammers’ 5-4 win over the Doubledays.

After a slow start to his week, Michael Fransoso went a combined 7 for 9 July 5 and July 6, driving in five runs and scoring three. Fransoso, the Jammers’ shortstop, leads all Jamestown regulars with a .379 AVG and .520 on-base percentage. He has 10 RBIs, 14 runs scored and six stolen bases to go with a .951 OPS.

First baseman Danny Collins leads the Jammers with five home runs and a 1.034 OPS while hitting .303, reaching base at a .397 clip and slugging .636. The 13th-round selection out of Troy also has five doubles and a team-high 16 runs scored.

On the hill, Colton Brewer is 2-0 with a 3.29 ERA through three starts while Isaac Sanchez is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA through his first three starts. Neverauskas leads the team through 18 games with 14-2/3 innings pitched. The Lithuanian-born righty is 1-2 with a 5.52 ERA in four starts.

The Jammers take on the Muckdogs twice today at Dwyer Stadium, as the teams will complete a game started on June 27, before playing their regularly-scheduled game at 7:05 p.m.

The Jammers come home on July 9 to take on the Muckdogs, before traveling to take on Hudson Valley and Lowell.