WILLIAMSPORT - Zach Green would tie the Williamsport Crosscutters single season individual record for home runs and the Cutters would set a new team record for home runs in a single season as they split a double header with the Batavia Muckdogs in Williamsport 7-5 and 6-5.
Willliamsport and Batavia resumed game from June 25th which was suspended after the top of the 6th inning with the game tied 3-3.
Williamsport took a quick lead in the bottom of the 6th inning with a two-run home run by Zach Green, off of Reid Redman, to plate Dylan Cozens to make it 5-3. For Green it was his 13th home run of the year. Green ties the Cutters team record with his the home run.
Batavia would get a run back in the top of the 7th inning when Connor Burke singled in JT Riddle to make it a 5-4 deficit facing the Muckdogs.
Batavia would take the lead in the top of the 8th inning when Scott Carcaise took Jon Musser over the right field wall to plate Chad Wallach and make it 6-5 in favor of the Muckdogs. For Carsaise, it was his 3rd home run of the season.
Batavia would add an insurance run in the top of the 9th inning against reliever Manny Martinez when Rehiner Cordova plated Juan Avila with a sacrifice fly to left field to make it 7-5 Batavia.
During the bottom of the 9th inning the rains would return and send the game into a rain delay ironically enough. The delay would last 61 minutes.
Sean Townsley would retire the Cutters in order to get the save.
In the top of the first inning in game two, Batavia would use a RBI single by Felix Munoz to plate JT Riddle to give the Muckdogs an early 1-0 lead against Cutters starter Julio Reyes.
Reyes, who settled down after the 1st inning, would get some help from his defense to end the 3rd inning when Jairo Cardozo picked an Andrew Knapp throw out of the dirt and applied the tag to retire Carlos Lopez trying to steal 2nd base.
Williamsport would tie the game up in the bottom half of the 3rd inning on a Zach Green RBI single off of the glove of the 3rd basemen JT Riddle's glove to plate Malquin Canelo. Andrew Knapp would follow with an RBI double down the left field line to plate Dylan Cozens to give the Cutters a 2-1 lead. Dylan Cozens would then score on a throwing error by pitcher Ryan Newell on a ball hit by Logan Pierce to make it 3-1. Samuel Hiciano would then ground to shortstop Javier Lopez, who would then throw wide of 1st base to allow Andrew Knapp to make it 4-1 Williamsport.
Williamsport would add on in the 4th inning when Malquin Canelo drove in Jairo Cardozo with a sacrifice fly to right field to make it 5-1. Batavia catcher Michael Vaugh surrendered a passed ball that would allow Justin Parr to score and make it 6-1 Williamsport.
Batavia would cut into the Williamsport lead in the top of the 5th inning when Rehiner Cordova hit a single through the middle off of Julio Reyes. Javier Lopez, who led off the inning with a triple, scored on the play to make it a 6-2 deficit. Carlos Lopez would then make it a 6-3 deficit with a sacrifice fly to deep right field that plated JT Riddle.
Batavia made it interesting in the top of the 7th inning against Keivi Rojas. JT Riddle doubled to right center to plate Javier Lopez to cut it to a 6-4 deficit. Riddle would score from 3rd base on a Keivi Rojas balk to cut the deficit to 6-5 with two outs in the inning. Carlos Lopez would line out to Rojas on the mound to end the game.
Cutters starter Julio Reyes would go five innings allowing three runs on five hits while walking three and striking out four Muckdogs. Reyes left in line for the win. Keivi Rojas replaced Reyes in the top of the 6th inning. Reyes would get the win to improve to 2-2 with the win while Rojas earned his 2nd save.
Muckdogs starter Ryan Newell would go five innings allowing six runs on six hits while walking three and striking out four Cutters. Newell was on the hook for the loss when he left. Ryan Merkling entered in the top of the sixth inning. Merkling worked an inning of relief and did not factor into the decision.
Cutters Carvings: Only one Crosscutter (Jiandido Tromp) in the original lineup on June 25th was not present for the completion of the suspended game, whereas Batavia needed to make six lineup changes… Green's Home Run in the 6th was the Cutters 46th home run as a team, a new Crosscutters team record…
Williamsport returns home to face Batavia in the final game of a three-game, two-day set, first pitch of game one is at 7:05 P.M. Every Cutters game can be heard on ESPN 1050 AM, 104.1 FM, 1600 AM, or crosscutters.com.
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