Another Shutout for Williamsport as Simmons and Rojas Sock Homers

Morgantown, W.V.  – The Crosscutters fired their second shutout in the last three games while Kendall Simmons (10th) and Johan Rojas (2nd) both blasted opposite-field home runs in a 4-0 win at West Virginia on Saturday night. Victor Vargas, Tyler Burch (W, 3-1) and Alejandro Made combined on the four-hitter as the Crosscutters won their third in a row.

Williamsport (25-36) has allowed just 10 hits and two runs in the last three games while lowering the team ERA to 2.97 which rates second in the NYPL. The Crosscutters also pitched a two-hit shutout at Auburn on Wednesday.

Kendall Simmons lifted his 10th home run, and first to the opposite way in right field, in the seventh inning to help build on a 2-0 lead. Then Johan Rojas did the same in the eighth. Simmons is second in the NYPL in home runs. On July 27 he had only two homers all season but since then has socked eight in his last 17 games.

Bryson Stott extended his hitting streak with a 2-for-4 night. Stott has two hits in four straight games and also in eight out of the last nine in his streak in which he has gone an incredible 17-for-35 (.486) with three doubles, one triple, and three home runs.

Vargas showed flashes of strong pitching in a 3.2 inning stint that included four walks. Then Burch dominated with his first out coming to end a bases-loaded jam in the fourth. He allowed a bunt single in the fifth but after that recorded 11 consecutive outs in his strongest performance of the season.

Williamsport aims for its fourth straight win on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at West Virginia when they send LHP Gabriel Yanez to the mound.

WIL 4 9 0 (7)
WV 0 4 2 (6)
W – Tyler Burch (3-1)
L – Braxton Ashcraft (1-9)
HR –Kendall Simmons (10), Johan Rojas (2)

Crosscutters Record: 25-36

Cutters open road series with West Virginia

The Crosscutters open a road series with the West Virginia Black Bears. Coverage begins at 6:40 p.m. with the On Deck Show presented by the Fairfield Auto Group. Tune in all season long right here on 92.7FM, 1050AM and online stream one.

Little League World Series Saturday Schedule

Saturday, August 17

Game 9: Australia Region (Away) vs. Latin America (Home) – 1 p.m. (Volunteer Stadium)
Game 10: Great Lakes Region (Away) vs. New England Region (Home) – 3 p.m. (Lamade Stadium)
Game 11: Canada Region (Away) vs. Europe and Africa Region (Home) – 6 p.m. (Volunteer Stadium)
Game 12: Southwest Region (Away) vs. Northwest Region (Home) – 8 p.m. (Lamade Stadium)

Pirates look for back-to-back wins against Cubs

The Pirates look for back-to-back wins against the Cubs this afternoon on FOX Sports 1050 & 92.7. Coverage begins at 1:10 p.m.

Cutters washed out in Auburn

Auburn, N.Y. – The Williamsport Crosscutters were rained out at the Auburn Doubledays on Friday night. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader at BB&T Ballpark sometime during the upcoming series August 28-30.

The Crosscutters road trip continues at West Virginia with a three-game series at the Black Bears on Saturday at 7:05 p.m then Sunday at 1:05 p.m. and then the series finale on Monday at 6:35 p.m.

Crosscutters Record: 24-36

Little League World Series Schedule For Friday

Friday, August 16

  • Game 2: New England Region vs. Southeast Region – 10 a.m. (Lamade Stadium)
  • Game 3: Asia-Pacific Region vs. Latin America Region – 11 a.m. (Volunteer Stadium)
  • Game 4: Midwest Region vs. Great Lakes Region – 1 p.m. (Lamade Stadium)
  • Game 5: Japan Region vs. Europe and Africa Region – 2 p.m. (Volunteer Stadium)
  • Game 6: Southwest Region vs. West Region – 4 p.m. (Lamade Stadium)
  • Game 7: Mexico Region vs. Canada Region – 5 p.m. (Volunteer Stadium)
  • Game 8: Mid-Atlantic Region vs. Northwest Region – 7 p.m. (Lamade Stadium)

Cutters Win Again! Take 3-2 Decision at Auburn


Auburn, N.Y. – Crosscutters pitching again combined for a stellar effort on the road in a 3-2 victory at the Auburn Doubledays on Thursday night. Leonel Aponte, Hsin-Chieh Lin (W, 1-0) and Rafael Carvajal (S, 2) limited Auburn to just four hits only one day after three other Cutters pitchers had combined on a two-hit shutout in the series opener.

Johan Rojas went 3-for-4 with his league-leading fifth triple. Hunter Hearn had an RBI single. And Logan O’Hoppe had a single, RBI and run scored while also throwing out his 12th attempted base-stealer of the season.

Bryson Stott was 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to eight games. The Phillies first-rounder has gone 15-for-31 (.484) in the streak including three doubles, one triple and three home runs.

Carvajal wrapped up his second save of the season with a five-strikeout stint in just two innings. He has allowed just one earned run in his last 17.2 innings since July 12.

Earlier in the day it was announced that four Crosscutters have been selected to play in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game at Staten Island on Wednesday, August 21. Logan O’Hoppe, Kendall Simmons, Bryson Stott and Corbin Williams will all be representing the Cutters in the league’s showcase classic.

The Crosscutters will look to sweep the road series at Auburn on Friday at 7:05 p.m. with RHP Victor Vargas making his first start.

WIL 3 11 1 (7)
AUB 2 4 0 (3)

W – Hsin-Chieh Lin (1-0)
L – Rafael Gomez (1-5)
S – Rafael Carvajal (2)

Crosscutters Record: 24-36

Weather Forces Changes To Little League World Series Schedule

Mother nature altered the Little League World Series game schedule on Thursday with games being moved to Friday.

  • Game 2 – 10 a.m.: New England (visitor) vs. Southeast (home)
  • Game 3 – 11 a.m.: Asia-Pacific (visitor) vs. Latin America (home)
  • Game 4 – 1 p.m.: Midwest (visitor) vs. Great Lakes (home)
  • Game 5 – 2 p.m.: Japan (visitor) vs. Europe & Africa (home)
  • Game 6 – 4 p.m.: Southwest (visitor) vs. West (home)
  • Game 7 – 5 p.m.: Mexico (visitor) vs. Canada (home)
  • Game 8 – 7 p.m.: Mid-Atlantic (visitor) vs. Northwest (home)

Little League World Series Games Begin Today

Thursday, August 15

  • Opening Ceremonies – 10 a.m. Uptown Music Collective – Live Music; 11 a.m. Ceremonies (Volunteer Stadium)
  • Game 1: Caribbean Region vs. Australia Region – 1 p.m. (Volunteer Stadium)
  • Game 2: New England Region vs. Southeast Region – 3 p.m. (Lamade Stadium)
  • Game 3: Asia-Pacific Region vs. Latin America Region – 5 p.m. (Volunteer Stadium)
  • Game 4: Midwest Region vs. Great Lakes Region – 7 p.m. (Lamade Stadium)

Two-Hit Shutout Gem for Cutters Pitching Trio


Auburn, N.Y. – The Crosscutters fired their third nine-inning shutout of the season with a two-hitter on Wednesday in a 4-0 victory at the Auburn Doubledays. Erik Miller, Junior Tejada (W, 2-0) and Jose Conopoima combined on the sparking performance.

The left-hander Miller started and racked up seven strikeouts for his second game in a row. The fourth-round selection out of Stanford snagged four strikeouts in the fourth inning when a dropped third strike for a wild pitch allowed a batter to reach base.

Lefty Junior Tejada spun no-hit ball from the fifth through the seventh with two walks and righty Jose Conopoima wrapped it up with two innings of one-hit pitching in the eighth and ninth. Tejada has been part of all three of the team’s nine-inning shutouts this season.

Auburn’s Caldioli Sanfler singled to lead-off the first and then the Doubledays did not acquire another hit until there were two outs in the bottom of the ninth on a single by Jeremy Ydens. In between it was flat-out shut-down mode for Williamsport pitching.

Hunter Hearn banged a two-run double to the gap in the fifth and D.J. Stewart drove a two-run single to left in the sixth for the Cutters’ offense.

Williamsport (23-36) had a one-hitter on June 17 in a seven-inning doubleheader game. The team’s previous low in a nine-inning game was a three-hitter on August 2 against Brooklyn.

WIL 4 8 0 (7)
AUB 0 2 0 (8)

W – Junior Tejada (2-0)
L – Carlos Romero (0-4)

Crosscutters Record: 23-36