The seven-run first was the largest of the year for Williamsport, who had Roman Quinn, Chace Numata and Cameron Perkins all triple to lead off the game. Mitch Walding then sent a single to right to make it 3-0. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Brian Pointer wasted no time. He swung at the first pitch from Yankee starter Taylor Morton and sent it 395-feet over the fence in straight away center for a grand slam and a 7-0 Cutter lead.
Pointer would continue to do damage in the second. After Chris Serritella doubled in Perkins, Pointer got an 0-2 fastball and sent it deep out to right for his second homer of the day and his third of the season.
Brian Pointer's six RBI were the most since Walding's six-RBI performance in the fifth game of the season.
A ten-run lead seemed especially safe with Joshua Warner on the hill, but Staten Island kept things interesting.
Warner gave up two runs in the second inning and a two-run blast to Saxon Butler in the fifth.
Williamsport upped the lead to 11-4 in the sixth, but Jim Birmingham replaced Warner on the hill and didn't look quite right. Birmingham surrendered hits to the first four batters, allowed four runs in the inning, and came out of the game with pain in his left elbow.
Jeb Stefan came in, and the momentum was curtailed. He pitched 2.1 nearly flawless innings of relief to bridge the gap and put the 11-8 lead in the hands of Zach Cooper.
Cooper got the job done, and the Cutters improved to 9-12. Williamsport can end the New York road trip at 3-3 with a win on Monday.
The Cutters go for their first series win in four tries against Staten Island. First pitch is at 7:00. You can listen to every pitch on ESPN Radio Williamsport 1050am, 104.1fm, or online at crosscutters.com
Cutters Carvings: The seven-run first was Williamsport's biggest inning of the season... Chris Serritella now has seven RBI in his last four games... Serritella and Cameron Perkins have hit in their last seven road games... Roman Quinn and Mitch Walding have reached in their last twelve games... Walding was the DH for the first time this season and pinch hit for in the ninth inning... Steven Inch will be eligible to pitch on Monday after serving a 5-game suspension... Ulises Joaquin will not be available to make his usual start tomorrow due to appendicitis