Two former Jayhawks squared off on the diamond July 4th. Frank Duncan started the game on the mound for the Jamestown Jammers while Alex De Leon worked as the designated hitter for the State College Spikes. Duncan, a 13th round draft pick for the Pittsburg Pirates, pitched a strong five innings allowing four hits and only one run to cross, but did not earn the win. De Leon impressed as well, collecting four hits, going four-for-four to start the game and just missed the Spikes' single-game hits record in the eighth inning when he recorded a fly ball out.
Frank Duncan kept the Spikes at bay, only allowing one run in his four innings of work. The Jammers' bats were hot, but would prove to not be enough as the Jammers defense gave up ten runs following Duncan's exit.
Spikes survive Jammers run, provide grand slam fireworks.
A Jake Stone grand slam capped off a six run seventh inning to pull the Spikes out of a four run deficit and give State College their 14th win of the season and sixth at home.
Former Jayhawks continue to improve and impress.
Through 55 games in two seasons, Alex De Leon has earned a respectable .230 batting average and a .316 on base percentage for the St.Louis Cardinals' affiliate State College Spikes. In his first 17 games of the 2014 season De Leon has hit five home runs to help build a .288 batting average this season.
Frank Duncan has pitched in four games during the 2014 season recording a loss, and 3 no decisions. In his 16.2 innings pitched Duncan has given up 20 hits allowing ten earned runs with a 5.4 ERA.
Spikes sweep the series
The Spikes and the Jammers squared off two more times July fourth weekend. The Spikes earned the series sweep and their fifth straight victory. De Leon went hitless in his four at bats in the series finale, Frank Duncan did not play in the final two games.