Youth sparks Auburn Doubledays to season-opening win over Batavia

Anxious to play a real game against another team after months of extended spring training, it was the Doubledays’ youth that sparked a season-opening win.

Guided by five strong innings from 20-year-old pitcher Malvin Pena and a two-hit, two-run, two-RBI game from Ricardo Mendez, Auburn topped the Batavia Muckdogs 5-1 Friday at Falcon Park. It’s the eighth time in the last nine years that the Doubledays have started the season off with a win.

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