Cutters Fall In Rain Shortened Series

The Crosscutters offense was held in check, falling 2-1 in extras, but it was the rain that stole the show in Connecticut.

Before the game was suspended due to rain, the Williamsport Crosscutters were able to jump out to a 1st inning lead, using a lead off walk drawn by Nick Maton to get a man aboard. Maton stole 2nd base and moved to 3rd on a Jake Scheiner ground out.

Adam Haseley’s fly out in foul territory down the left field line was deep enough for Maton to tag and score the opening run to give the Cutters a 1-0 lead against Connecticut starter, and Detroit Tigers top prospect Matt Manning. For Haseley, it was his 5th RBI of the season.

Matt Manning allowed the one run on one hit and a walk over four innings of work, striking out six Crosscutters before his outing was shortened by rain.

Julian Garcia came out to start the bottom of the 4th inning, but his 1st pitch of the inning slipped out of his hand hand and to the back stop on the fly. It was then that the umpires called for the tarp, and the delay that eventually lead to the suspension.

Garcia went three innings of shutout work, allowing a pair of hits and walks, striking out six Tigers batters. Garcia worked out of jams in each of the first three innings, stranding a runner in scoring position in all three innings.

The Crosscutters offense was stifled the rest of the way, managing one base runner the rest of the way, failing to score a run.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Dylan Burdreaux drove in the game-winning run, plating Luke Burch to give the Tigers a walk-off 2-1 victory, snapping the Crosscutters three-game winning streak.

Game two was not impervious to the rain, as the rains halted play before the start of the 5th inning with the Tigers leading the Crosscutters 5-0.

The grounds crew did what they could to get the field ready for play, but Mother Nature had other plans for the day, as the Cutters and Tigers were only able to play one of the three scheduled games in Norwich.

Williamsport heads back home to start a three-game series against the Lowell Spinners tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

Cutter Carvings – Crosscutters were held to a season-low one hit in the loss… Williamsport is 11-11 against Connecticut since the start of the 2010 series…Crosscutters have not won in Norwich since the 2011 season…