Strong Start Ends In Heartbreak

Staten Island, NY. — New York-Penn League All Star Kyle Young was dominant in front of friends and family, but Staten Island spoiled the party with a 3-2 walk-off win.

Building off of his longest start of his season, Kyle Young made it clear he was looking to set the tone early, retiring the side in order over the first four innings of his start, and retiring the first 14 Staten Island Yankees that he faced, striking six batters along the way.

Young’s offense got him an early lead, taking advantage of a Nick Maton walk in the top of the 3rd inning. After a Jake Scheiner single moved Maton to 2nd base, Adam Haseley served a single into the outfield, chasing home Maton to give the Crosscutters a 1-0 lead. It was Haseley’s 16th RBI of the season.

Williamsport would leave the a pair of runners on base in the inning, including Scheiner at 2nd base.

It took Staten Island until the 5th inning to get their first runner on base, utilizing a two-out error by shortstop Nick Maton on a ground ball by Manny Argomaniz to get a runner aboard. Young, was not phased by the runner, retiring the next batter on one pitch to complete his 5th inning of shutout, hitless work.

Greg Pickett extended the Cutters lead, starting the top of the 6th with a bang, driving a 0-1 Josh Roeder pitch over the wall in right for his 3rd home run of the season, and first since July 2nd, giving Williamsport a two-run cushion. It was Pickett’s 15th RBI of the season.

After the home run by Pickett, the Crosscutters would scatter two more hits the rest of the way, seeing five guys reach base through the final three innings of the game.

Kyle Young’s night took a slight detour in the bottom of the 6th inning, allowing his first hit of the night on a line drive to right by Cesar Diaz, which was followed by a bunt single from Wilkerman Garcia to give the Yankees runners on 1st and 2nd with one away. That also signaled the end of the night for the lefty, who left to a strong ovation from friends and family in attendance.

After Connir Brogdon retired Jose Polonia with a ground ball out, moving runners to 2nd and 3rd, Kendall Coleman ripped a single up the middle, scoring both Diaz and Garcis to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the 6th inning.

Both runs were charged to Young, who finished the night allowing two runs on two hits over 5.1 innings, striking out seven enroute to a no decision.

In the bottom of the 9th, Zach Warren struck out the lead off hitter, but followed by allowing back-to-back singles to Ryan Krill and Daniger Perez to give the Yankees the winning run at 2nd base. After Krill singled, he was pinch-run for by Andy Diaz.

After a Cesar Diaz worked a walk against Damon Jones to load the bases, Wilkerman Garcia placed a single through the drawn-in infield, scoring Diaz from 3rd base and gave the Yankees the 3-2 walk-off win.

Warren was charged with the loss, dropping him to 0-2 on the season, while Connor Brogdon was charged with his first blown sve of the season.

The Crosscutters will try to snap a two-game losing streak and take the middle game of this three-game series tomorrow night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Cutters Carvings: All three of Greg Pickett’s home runs have come on the road… The Crosscutters are now 10-6 in one-run games this season… Jake Scheiner, Adam Haseley and Josh Stephen each recorded multi-hit games, each with two hits a piece… Adam Haseley has a eight-game hit streak going, recording two hits in six of the eight games…