WILLIAMSPORT CROSSCUTTERS SCOREBOARD

 

Cutters Homer Twice In Loss

Auburn, N.Y. – Jonathan Guzman and Luis Encarnacion each connected on their first home runs of the season, but it was not enough as the Crosscutters fell 7-6 in 11 innings to the Auburn Doubledays.

Raul Rivas lead off the ballgame, working a walk against Auburn starter Tomas Alastre, giving the Cutters a lead off baserunner. Alastre, attempting to pick off Rivas, threw the ball down the right field line, allowing Rivas to reach 3rd wit no outs.

Josh Stephen followed up grounding a ball to short, plating Rivas from 3rd to give the Cutters an early 1-o lead on a RBI groundout. For Stephen, it was his 2nd RBI of the season.

Stephen added on to his RBI total, plating Raul Rivas in the 3rd inning and a sharply hit base knock through the right side to extend the Crosscutters lead to 2-0, giving Stephen his 2nd RBI and his 3rd of the season.

During the 3rd inning, Crosscutters designated hitter Juan Luis was called out on a close play at 1st base, after which Luis slammed his helmet to the turf. After a warning, Luis was ejected from the ball game.

Paul Panaccione got the Doubledays on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 3rd inning, blistering a double down the left field line to score Armond Upshaw, cutting into the Crosscutters lead, making it 2-1.

Gregori Rivero, who replaced Juan Luis in the DH spot, got into the action in the 4th inning, driving a sacrifice fly into center field that scored Malvin Matos from 3rd base. It was the 2nd RBI of the season for Rivero, extending the Cutters lead to 3-1.

Things came a little undone for Williamsport in the bottom of the 4th inning as the Doubledays used three hits and three Cutters errors to plate three runs, getting the go-ahead run on a Conner Simonette RBI single up the middle, giving the Doubledays a 4-3 lead.

Greg Pickett was ejected in the 5th inning after arguing a called third strike.

17-year-old Jonathan Guzman (1) gave the Crosscutters the lead in the top of the 6th inning, sending a Angel Guillen offering over the the left field wall with a towering shot that scored Cole Stobbe, giving the Cutters a 5-4 lead. It was the first two RBI for Guzman on the season.

Omar Meregildo responded in the bottom of the 6th, driving a Andrew Brown pitch over the right center wall to tie the game at 5-5. It was the first home run and 2nd RBI of the season for Meregildo this season.

Oliver Ortiz followed up in the bottom of the 7th with a long home run down the right field line off of Brown, giving the Doubledays a 6-5 lead. It was the fourth home run and 11th RBI for Ortiz this season.

Luis Encarnacion (1), who replaced Greg Pickett, teed off on a Guillen offering, clearing the scoreboard in left center. The blast was the first of the season for Encarnacion, who hit two home runs with the Cutters last season. It was his 1st RBI of the year, tying the game at 6-6.

Encarnacion’s home run would cap the scoring for Williamsport, as they would be held scoreless the rest of the way.

After a error by Encarnacion allowed Joshual Ramirez to reach giving the Doubldays a lead off runner, Jayner Baez ripped a Tyler Frohwirth offering inside the 3rd base bag and down the left field line passed a drawn in Cole Stobbe.

With Ramirez off on the pitch, he was able to score from first base, giving the Doubledays a 7-6 walk off victory, snapping their two-game losing streak.

The Crosscutters continue their first true road trip of the season tomorrow night as they play the the middle of three games against the Auburn Doubledays. RHP Gustavo Armas is scheduled to make his second start for the Crosscutters. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m.

Cutter Carvings – Williamsport pounded out a season-high 11 hits in the loss… The Cutters committed a season-high 5 errors… It was the second time this season that the Crosscutters hit more than one home run in a game this season…

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Ortiz Homer Not Enough

Williamsport, P.A. – Jhailyn Ortiz connected on his first home run of the season, but the Crosscutters were unable to hang on to the lead as they fall to West Virginia 5-3 in the final game of the three-game series.

Melvin Matos got the scoring started for the Williamsport Crosscutters in the bottom of the 1stinning, driving a double down the 3rd base line passed Julio de la Cruz, chasing home Jhailyn Ortiz and Greg Pickett to give the Crosscutters a early 2-0 lead against West Virginia starter Stephan Meyer.

Matt Diorio led off the top of the 3rd inning with a walk against Cutters starter Luis Carrasco. Diorio advanced to a 2nd on a passed ball by Gregori Rivero and then on to 3rd on a fly out by Yoel Gonzalez. Diorio scored on an error by Cutters shortstop Jonathan Guzman to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Julio de la Cruz led off the 4th inning by drawing a walk against Carrasco. Jose Barraza followed with a ground ball back to the mound, on what looked to be a double play ball, except Carrasco threw the ball into center field. De la Cruz was thrown out at 3rd by a strong throw from Juan Luis, keeping Barraza at 1st.

Barraza came across to tie the game on the second error by Jonathan Guzman, who could not field a Nick King ground ball cleanly. It was the only run of the inning, keeping the game tied at 2-2 heading to the bottom of the 4th.

Jhailyn Ortiz came the Crosscutters the lead back in the bottom of the 5th with his first home run in a Crosscutters uniform, sending a Stephan Meyer 1-0 offering over the wall in left center. It gave the Cutters a 3-2 lead. It was Ortiz’s second hit of the season, both run producing extra base hits.

West Virginia used a three spot against Williamsport reliever Orestes Melendez to take their first lead of the night, and for good. The inning was highlighted by a Raul Siri RBI single and a two-run triple from down the right field line from Jose Barraza.

Jhailyn Ortiz, who had been hit twice earlier in the ball game was struck by a pitch in the hand by a pitch that would be called a foul ball. Ortiz would be forced to leave the game after being checked out by the training staff.

Shortly after Ortiz was hit, Cutters manager Pat Border was ejected from the game by home plate umpire John Boccio. It was the first time this season that the Cutters skipper had been ejected from a game.

The Crosscutters will start their first true road trip of the season tomorrow night as they visit the Auburn Doubledays. RHP Andrew Brown is scheduled to make his first start of the season for Williamsport. Game time is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at Falcon Park.

Cutter Carvings – The loss completed the sweep for the West Virginia Black Bears… The loss is the fourth straight at home to start the season for Williamsport… West Virginia was held to three hits on the night…Three of the first five starting pitchers have gone just four innings for the Cutters…

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Garcia Strong In Loss

Williamsport, P.A. – Julian Garcia tossed five strong innings in his 2017 Crosscutters debut, but it was not enough as the Williamsport bats were held in check by West Virginia pitching in their 3-1 loss tonight.

Garcia, who spent 2016 in Williamsport, allowed just one run, earned, over his five innings of work. The right-hander was aggressive in the zone, striking out seven Black Bears while allowing just one walk and three hits.

Nick King got the scoring started for West Virginia in the top of the 2nd inning, driving home Huascar Fuentes with a RBI ground out, giving the Black Bears an early 1-0 lead.

Yoel Gonzalez added on for West Virginia, plating Ryan Nagle with a sacrifice fly to center. Which extended the Black Bears lead to 2-0 in the the top of the 7th inning.

Drew Walker opened the top of the 8th inning by reaching on a passed ball by Rodolfo Duran after being struck out by Jake Kelzer. Walker would eventually come around and score on a RBI ground out from Julio De La Cruz to give the Black Bears a 3-0 lead.

After Rodolfo Duran was hit by a pitch with one out in the bottom of the 8th inning, Jonathan Guzman ripped a ground ball single through the left side, giving the Crosscutters their first base hit of the night.

Juan Luis was then hit by a Andrew Potter offering, loading the bases for Williamsport and Raul Rivas. Rivas grounded to short, where Juan Luis was retired at 2nd base, but a good slide by Luis enabled a double play, allowing Duran to score, cutting the deficit to 3-1. It was the 3rd RBI of the season for Rivas, who is tied for the clubhouse lead with Greg Pickett in that column.

Greg Pickett led off the bottom of the 9th inning for Williamsport with a wall-ball double to deep center, but would go no further as Jose Cesar retired the next three batters that he would face in the inning, closing the door on the Cutters.

Black Bears starter Scooter Hightower was near untouchable, striking out 10 Crosscutters over five shutout, hitless innings of work en route to earning his first win of the season. Hightower struckout the side in each the 2nd and 5th innings. He did hit a batter in the 5th, which was the lone batter he himself allowed on base.

West Virginia’s pitching staff combined to strikeout 16 Crosscutters, a season-high for West Virginia pitching and a season-high for Crosscutters batters.

Williamsport will conclude their three-game series against the West Virginia Black Bears tomorrow night, as Luis Carrasco is scheduled to make his 2017 Crosscutters debut. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. At BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

Cutter CarvingsJulian Garcia made four starts for Williamsport in 2016, which covered 10.1 innings, he struck out seven batters total in those starts… Williamsport has struckout 46 times this season through their first four games of the season…The loss was only 4th by Williamsport to West Virginia in their 11 meetings at BB&T Ballpark…

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Defensive Struggles Lead to Loss

Williamsport, P.A. – A season-high trio of errors mixed with a few missed opportunities on the offensive side lead to the Crosscutters 7-2 loss to the West Virginia Black Bears to open their three game series.

West Virginia took advantage of Crosscutters starter Will Stewart‘s command issues and a Cole Stobbe throwing error to get the games first run, as Raul Siri scored on the defensive miscue to give the Black Bears a 1-0 lead.

Another Crosscutters error lead to the 2nd and 3rd runs for West Virginia, as Jhailyn Ortiz misplayed a ball in the right-center gap that allowed Ryan Nagle to score from 1st base and Nick King to advance into 3rd base. On the very next pitch, King scored on a passed ball that popped off the mitt of catcher Gregori Rivero, giving West Virginia a 3-0 lead after the top of the 2nd.

Juan Luis started the Cutters comeback attempt by leading lacing a one-out double down the right field line, his 1st extra base hit of the season. With two outs and Luis still on 2nd, Josh Stephen blistered a Sergio Cubilete offering back through the box that chased home Luis, cutting the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the 3rd.

After a one-out single from Cole Stobbe, Gregori Rivero redeemed his earlier miscue with a RBI double down the right field line, scoring Stobbe from 1st base and bringing the Cutters within one at 3-2 after four innings of play.

Things came undone for the Cutters in the top of the 8th inning, after a Sandy Santos lead off single, Jose Barazza reached on a dropped flyball by Josh Stephen, which was followed by a walk of Huascar Fuentes to load the bases with no outs.

Matt Diorio cleared the bases, ripping a triple down the right field line, extending the Black Bears lead to 6-2. Ryan Nagle followed the Diorio triple with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Diorio from 3rd and giving the West Virginia a 7-2 lead against Cutters reliever Randy Alcantara.

Will Stewart battled his command, suffering a loss in his Crosscutters debut, after allowing three runs on four hits in four innings of work. Of the three runs, only one was earned. Stewart walked three and struck out one.

Jhon Nunez tossed three scoreless frames of relief after taking over for Stewart. In his three innings of work, Nunez allowed three base hits and a walk, while striking out two.

Randy Alcantara allowed four runs, three earned, on two hits and a walk over his two innings of work. Alcantara was able to bounce back in the 9th, tossing a clean final frame with a strikeout.

Williamsport continues their three-game series against the West Virginia Black Bears tomorrow night, as Julian Garcia is set to make his 2017 Crosscutters debut. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. At BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

Cutter Carvings – Williamsport has totaled 10 extra base hit of the season, as Juan Luis, Gregori Rivero and Greg Pickett each doubled… For the third straight game, the Cutters struck out 10 times, giving them 30 as a team through three games… Cole Stobbe has scored a run in every game this season… Williamsport falls to 10-9 all-time against West Virginia…

Cutters Fall Despite Stobbe’s Blast

Williamsport, P.A. – For the second consecutive night, Cole Stobbe started the Crosscutters scoring with a 2nd inning solo home run deep over the left center field wall. Unfortunately, it was not enough as the Cutters fell to the Spikes 5-3 in their home opener.

Edwin Figuera got the scoring started for the State College Spikes, driving home Josh Lopez to give the Spikes an early 1-0 lead against Crosscutters starter Gustavo Armas in the top of the 2nd inning.

Cole Stobbe, would answer in the bottom of the frame, sending a Daniel Castano pay off pitch over the wall in left center field, tying the game at 1-1.

Gustavo Armas ran into a little bit of trouble in the top of the 4th, hitting the lead off man Matt Davis and then surrendering a double to Edwin Figuera to start the inning. Mick Fennell plated Davis from 3rd with an RBI ground out to give the Spikes a 2-1 lead, while moving Figuera to 3rd. Caleb Lopes sacrifice fly to deep right would chase home Figuera to extend the lead to 3-1 after 4 innings.

Armas would be relieved by Justin Miller in the top of the 5th inning, allowing three runs, all earned, on six hits. The Cutters starter struck out two and walked one.

State College would add on a pair of runs against Miller in the top of the 6th inning, using a RBI double from Edwin Figuera that scored Josh Lopez and a wild pitch from Miller that plated Figuera, giving the Spikes a 5-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 6th.

Raul Rivas did his best to get the Crosscutters back into the ball game in the bottom of the 7th, scorching a two-run single into right center field, scoring Rodolfo Duran and Jesus Alastre, cutting the deficit to 5-3. Both runs were charged to Spikes starter Daniel Castano.

Orestes Melendez relieved Miller in the top of the 7th inning and was dominant, striking out three while facing the minimum over three innings of perfect relief for Williamsport.

Colton Thompson and Robbie Gordon combined for three innings of shutout relief for the State College Spikes to close the door on the Crosscutters. Gordon, tossed a clean 9th inning to earn his first save of the season.

Castano went six innings, allowing three runs, all earned, on eight hits while striking out six and allowing just one walk en route to his first win of the season.

The Crosscutters continue their current home stand tomorrow night as they welcome in the West Virginia Black Bears into BB&T Ballpark to start a three-game series against their Pinckney division foe. Left-hander Will Stewart is scheduled to toe the slab for Williamsport. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Cutter Carvings – Despite the series split, the Crosscutters outhit the Spikes 19-14…Williamsport struckout 20 times in the series…The Cutters did not commit an error in the loss… Raul Rivas and Cole Stobbe were the lone Crosscutters to record a multi-hit game…

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