JAMESTOWN, N.Y. - Leading by six runs at one point, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers had to hold off a Jamestown comeback in an opening-day win on the road, 10-9.
The Scrappers (1-0) jumped out to a quick four-run lead in the top half of the first, by batting around the order, and they increased the lead, 7-1, heading into the bottom of third.
The Jammers (0-1) came roaring back after that, plating two runs in the bottom of the third and outscoring the Scrappers 5-3 in the next three innings to pull within two runs. Jamestown made it interesting when Taylor Gushue tripled with one out to score Carl Anderson, but pitcher James Stokes managed to get out of the jam by getting Kevin Ross to ground out to third and fanning Tyler Filliben.
That was the closest Jamestown came to completing the comeback.
Catcher Francisco Mejia led the offesnive surge for the Scrappers, going 3 for 5 and driving in three runs, and Leo Castillo contributed with two doubles and two RBIs.
Mahoning Valley will square off with Jamestown once again today at 7 p.m in the second game of a four-game set.