Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Cutters Fall To The Black Bears

A file photo
Morgantown, WV --Williamsport's offense was able to procure a pair of leads, but stalled out in their 14-inning, 8-7 loss to West Virginia in the series finale.
Nick Maton got the Crosscutters offense rolling in the top of the 1st inning, blasting a double to the wall in right field, giving the Cutters a man in scoring position. It was the third straight game Maton led off the game with a hit.

Greg Pickett was able to plate Maton with a double of his own to right-center, giving the Cutters an early 1-0 lead. For Pickett, it was 23rd RBI of the season.

West Virginia answered for three runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning against Cutters starter Will Stewart. The BlackBears got RBI single from Jared Oliva and Kevin Kramer to plate their first two runs of the inning, while their 3rd run scored on a Stewart wild pitch.

Trailing 3-1 entering the top of the 4th inning, Williamsport got a shot in the arm by a Malvin Matos led off double to let-center. Jesus Azuaje grounded sharply between 1st and 2nd base, seeing the ball kick off the glove of Jose Barraza into right, allowing Matos to score and the inning to continue with the Cutters trailing 3-2.

Josh Stephen provided a two-out RBI base knock to left, scoring Azuaje to tie the game at 3-3. For Stephen, it was his 28th RBI of the season, which ranks 2nd on the club.

Yahir Gurrola capped the scoring in the 4th inning, dropping a single into left-center that chased home both Nick Maton and Josh Stephen to give Williamsport a 5-3 lead against BlackBears starter Scooter Hightower. The RBI gave Gurrola his 10th of the season.

Tristan Gray brought West Virginia within one with a solo home run into the BlackBears bullpen in right field, his 7th home run of the season. The Home run came against Cutters reliever Randy Alcantara, the 2nd home run he has allowed this year.

Gurrola collected his third RBI of the game in the top of the 6th inning, singling home Maton to extend the Crosscutters lead to 6-4. Gurrola upped his RBI total to 11 on the season.

In the top of the 7thBrian Mims followed a Matos double with a triple to score Matos and give Williamsport a 7-4 lead. It was Mims 2nd triple of the season and his 5th RBI on the year. Mims was stranded at 3rd base in the inning, as it would be the last time the Crosscutters scored in the game.

Deon Stafford lead off the bottom of the 7th inning with a triple to left-center, scoring on a throwing error by Jake Scheiner that allowed Dylan Busby to reach 1st. The run brought West Virginia within two at 7-5.

Busby was plated by a Jose Barraza RBI ground out, closing the gap to one run and 7-6 against Crosscutters reliever Orestes Melendez.

Luis Ramirez entered in the bottom of the 7th inning, recording the final two outs of the frame. After retiring the side in order in the bottom of the 8th inning, Ramirez surrendered a solo home run to Dylan Busy to lead off the bottom of the 9th inning, tying the game at 7-7.

It was just the second home run allowed by Ramirez this season, and the third blown save for the New York-Penn League All-Star.

In extra innings the Crosscutters managed just two base runners, getting a lead off single from Jake Scheiner in the 11th and a two-out single from Scheiner in the 13th inning. The Crosscutters did not get a runner passed 2nd base after the 8th inning.

Kyle Dohy was able to work out of a handful of jams over three innings of shutout baseball, stranding the game-winning run in scoring position in all three innings that he worked, including leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th inning.

Jhon Nunez tossed a shutout inning in the bottom of the 13th inning, but allowed a lead off walk to Raul Siri in the bottom of the 14th.

Siri was sacrificed to 2nd base by Jared Oliva, and moved to 3rd base on a Rodolfo Duran passed ball. Brett Pope skied an offering to shallow left-center, caught by a diving Malvin Matos for the 2nd out, while Siri tagged and scored to game-winning run, giving West Virginia the 8-7 win.

Williamsport starts their final series of 2017, visiting the State College Spikes. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. At Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Cutter Carvings - The game was the longest of the season for Williamsport, taking 4 hours and 53 minutes to play... The Crosscutters pitchers tied a season-high with 16 strikeouts... Yahir Gurrola, Josh Stephen and Jake Scheiner each recorded three-hit games...

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