Cutters Survive Late Scare

By Ian Catherine / Williamsport Crosscutters | July 9, 2017 8:57 PM ET

Williamsport, P.A.- Williamsport took a four-run lead into the top of the 9th inning, only to escape with a 8-7 win over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and a series sweep.

Mahoning Valley didn't take long to get on the scoreboard against Williamsport starter Will Stewart plating three runs in the top of the 1st inning to jump out to an early 3-0 lead.

Jesse Berardi, Will Benson and Jonathn Laureno each strung together two-out singles to plate the runs.

The Crosscutters got a run back in the bottom of the 1st inning, as Cole Stobbe was hit by a Gregori Vasquez offering with the bases loaded to make it a 3-1 deficit. Williamsport ended up leaving the bases loaded in the frame, for Stobbe it was his 12th RBI.

Jake Scheiner singled and Jhailyn Ortiz was hit by a pitch to get the first two batters on for the Crosscutters in the bottom of the 3rd against Vasquez. Colby Fitch flied a offering out to right field that allowed Scheiner to tag and score, cutting the deficit to 3-2 and gave Fitch his 2nd RBI.

With Ortiz on board, Austin Listi drilled a pay-off pitch into the Scrappers bullpen in left field, his first professional home run, to give the Cutters a 4-3 lead. It was Listi's 3rd and 4th RBI of the season.

Cole Stobbe lead off the bottom of the 5th inning with a solo home run off of reliever Randy Valladares to extend the Cutters lead to 5-3. It was Stobbe's league leading 5th home run of the season and gave him his team-leading 13th RBI of the season.

Listi continued his hot night at the plate doubling to left center, in front of Malvin Matos, who followed with his 2nd double of the night to score Listi and give Williamsport a 6-3 lead. For Matos it was RBI number 9 on the season.

Will Stewart settled in after the 1st inning, not allowing another run over his next four innings of work. Stewart gave up three runs on five hits, two walks and struck out five en route to his 2nd win of the season.

Listi and Matos added on to the Crosscutters lead in the bottom of the 7th inning as Listi's 2nd double of the night plated Colby Fitch to give Williamsport a 7-3 advantage. Matos followed suit with his 3rd double of the night, scoring Listi to give the Crosscutters a 8-3 lead.

Austin Listi finished the night 4-5 with a home run, two doubles and three RBI, while Matos finished the night 3 for 4 with three doubles and two RBI, giving them 5 RBI and 9 RBI respectively.

Samad Taylor led off the Scrappers 8th inning with a solo home run against Luis Ramirez on a the pitch after Josh Stephen dropped a fly ball in foul ground. The home run was Taylor's first of the season and cut the Cutters lead to 8-4.

In the top of the 9th, Mahoning Valley stormed back, scoring three runs with two outs against Cutters reliever Kyle Dohy to make it 8-7.

Mahoning Valley had the tying run at 3rd base and the go ahead run at 1st with Will Benson at the plate. Dohy was able to get Benson swinging on a pay off pitch to end the game and give the Cutters the win and sweep.

The Crosscutters will enjoy an off day tomorrow before making their way to Norwich, Connecticut to start a three-game series with the Connecticut Tigers on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. At Dodd Stadium.

Cutter Carvings - Crosscutters pitching combined for 10 strikeouts in the win, giving them a total of 41 strikeouts in the series against Mahoning Valley... The Crosscutters 16 hits and 6 doubles are both season-highs... Williamsport hit four home runs and 11 doubles in the series... The Cutters lead the New York-Penn League with 184 hits, 48 doubles and 67 extra base hits...

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