Cutters Pitching Highlights Split

The Williamsport Crosscutters received strong pitching, which was backed in the 2nd game, in their doubleheader split with the West Virginia BlackBears at home.

The Crosscutters were held to a season-low two hits in their 2-0 loss in game one.

Jose Conopoima allowed 2 runs, both earned, in 3 innings of work.

Williamsport collected a season-high nine hits in their 4-0 win in game two.

Taylor Lehman worked four shutout innings, striking out seven.

Jake Kinney and Abdallah Aris combined for 3innings of shutout relief, striking out 4.

Seth Lancaster finished the night 2 for 2 with a double, a RBI and a run scored.

Corbin Williams went 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored and Juan Aparicio went 2 for 3 with a RBI and a run scored in game two.

The Crosscutters went 3-1 against the BlackBears in a pair of doubleheaders in 2018.

Game #1

WP: Burrows (1-0)

LP: Conopoima (0-1)

SV: Smith (1)

Game #2

WP: Kinney (1-0)

LP: Nicasio (0-1)

Crosscutters Record: 2-2

Cutters and Black Bears rained out on Father’s Day

Tonight’s Crosscutters game against the West Virginia Black Bears has been postponed due to rain. It will be made up tomorrow, June 17th, as part of a seven-inning doubleheader with broadcast coverage on Fox Sports 92.7 FM and 1050 AM beginning at 4:40 p.m.

Cutters host Black Bears on Sunday

The Cutters return home after splitting the season opening series with the Spikes to face the West Virginia Black Bears Sunday afternoon.

Join the voice of the Cutters, Ian Catherine as coverage starts at 4:40 p.m. with the Fairfield Auto Group On Deck Show, right here on Fox Sports 92.7 FM, 105o AM and the Crosscutters Baseball Network.

Bullpen; Late Push Lifts Cutters

State College, PA – The Williamsport Crosscutters received seven shutout innings and 14 strikeouts from their bullpen, as they took the lead for good in the top of the 9th inning, earning their first win of the season.

Carlos Francisco went the first two innings, without allowing a run. Francisco got roughed up in the top of the 3rd, allowing four runs before exiting the ball game with an apparent injury.

The Cutters bullpen, of Micheal Gomez, Tom Sutera, Anton Kuznetsov and Blake Bennett combined to throw seven shutout innings, striking out 14 batters and not allowing a walk, as they allowed the Crosscutters the opportunity to come back and win the game.

The Crosscutters plated three runs over the course of their final two at bats, retaking the lead for good in the top of the 9th inning.

Seth Lancaster became the first Crosscutter to record a three-hit night, finishing the game 3-4 with three singles and scored the go ahead run on a wild pitch in the top of the 9th inning.

WP: Anton Kuznetsov (1-0)

LP: Eli Kraus (0-1)

SV: Blake Bennett (1)

Crosscutters Record: 1-1

Cutters face Spikes on the road

Cutters face Spikes on the road at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park Saturday evening. Join the voice of the Cutters, Ian Catherine as coverage starts at 6:40 p.m. with the Fairfield Auto Group On Deck Show, right here on Fox Sports 92.7 FM, 105o AM and the Crosscutters Baseball Network.

College World Series opens with Texas Tech versus Michigan

The College World Series begins with in Omaha as Texas Tech faces Michigan at 1:40 p.m. on FOX Sports 92.7 & 1050.

Errors Cost Cutters on Opening Night

Williamsport, PA – The Williamsport Crosscutters committed seven errors in their Opening Night loss to the State College Spikes at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

Gustavo Armas took the loss, allowing 3 runs, 1 earned, over 3 innings of work. Armas struck out one and walked one in the loss.

Logan Simmons recorded a pair of RBI in his Cutters debut, finishing the night 1-2 with a double.

Julio Francisco recorded an RBI, going 2-5 with a pair of singles.

The Crosscutters left eight runners on base, including leaving the tying run at 3rd base in the bottom of the 9th inning.

Of the Crosscutters eight hits, four went for doubles. D.J. Stewart led the Crosscutters with two doubles, while Keudy Bocio and Logan Simmons each recorded a double.

WP: Michael Baird (1-0)

LP: Gustavo Armas (0-1)

SV: Fabian Blanco (1)

Crosscutters Record: 0-1

PA House Bill 1600 looks to level PIAA playing field

Public, Nonpublic Schools Support Bernstine Bill to Create Separate Sports Playoff Brackets

HARRISBURG – Following nearly a year of negotiations led by Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence), historic legislation to create separate state championship brackets for high school sports in Pennsylvania was unveiled Tuesday with support from public and nonpublic school leaders.

The Parity in Interscholastic Athletics Act (House Bill 1600) would change the athletic playoff structure governed by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) to include a public and nonpublic school champion in team sports facing competitive balance challenges. The two state champions would then meet for a final championship.

The new playoff structure would apply to football, baseball, softball, girls’ and boys’ basketball, girls’ volleyball, and girls’ and boys’ soccer.

Bernstine said that the path to reaching a legislative compromise was not a quick or easy one, but it was important to have an open dialogue with both sides working together.

“This is the first time in 40 years that both sides have sat down in a non-adversarial setting to resolve these challenges and understand each other’s goals,” Bernstine said. “At the end of the day, everyone was focused on making sure the end result was in the best interest of the students both athletically and academically.”

Leaders from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the public school superintendent-led Pennsylvania Athletic Equity Steering Committee expressed their support for the final legislation.

“House Bill 1600 will bring fairness to all student-athletes across the Commonwealth. We are honored to work with our nonpublic school partners and Rep. Bernstine to improve the scholastic environment for all of our students,” said Leonard Rich and William Hall, state co-coordinators of the Pennsylvania Athletic Equity Steering Committee.

“This legislation is a positive change that will lead to a more predictable, open and beneficial system for student athletes across Pennsylvania,” said Pennsylvania Catholic Conference

Executive Director Eric Failing. “We can’t thank Rep. Bernstine enough for bringing all parties together and for his work on this issue.”

In addition to separate playoff brackets, House Bill 1600 would also make the following changes:

• Eliminate the transfer rule, making a student immediately eligible to play after transferring schools if he or she meets all other eligibility standards. In-season transfer eligibility would be restricted with exceptions granted for certain extenuating circumstances.

• Disqualify a team for PIAA playoffs if it forfeits two or more regular-season games in one season.

• Allow for separate playoff brackets to be used in additional team sports if there are at least 50 public schools and 50 nonpublic schools participating in the sport.

• Increase fairness in the PIAA’s district committees to ensure each district accurately reflects the makeup of schools in that given area.

Act 219 of 1972 amended the Public School Code to allow nonpublic schools to be members of the PIAA, which led to the current combined playoff structure.

HB1600 Bill Summary FINAL PDF

HB1600 Co Sponsor Memo

HB1600 Language

PIAA Letter to Hall and Leonard Rich December 11 2018


South Williamsport Baseball in East Final

South Williamsport baseball faces Devon Prep in the PIAA-AA East Final today at Pine Grove. Coverage on Fox Sports 92.7 FM, 1050 AM and online at beginning at 4:15 p.m.

BREAKING NEWS: PA Rep. Bernstine PIAA presser live on FOX SPORTS 92.7 & 1050

Fox Sports 92.7 FM, 1050 AM and will provide live coverage of the Public and Nonpublic School Leaders press conference Unveiling of the Plan for Separate State Championship Brackets for PIAA Playoffs.

The press conference is being held in the Capitol Media Center, State Capitol Complex in Harrisburg this morning at 10 a.m.; and at the request of State Representative Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence).

The press conference will address months of negotiations with stakeholders.

Leaders representing public and nonpublic schools in Pennsylvania will join together with Rep. Aaron Bernstine to unveil the Parity in Interscholastic Athletics Act, legislation to create separate brackets for high school sports playoffs.

Specifically, Bernstine will be joined by Eric Failing, executive director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference; Leonard Rich, co-state coordinator of the Pennsylvania Athletic Equity Steering Committee and superintendent of Laurel School District; and William Hall, co-state coordinator of the Pennsylvania Athletic Equity Steering Committee and superintendent of Millcreek Township School District.