NILES, OH- After winning three straight games the Mahoning Valley Scrappers three-game win streak would end tonight against the Williamsport Crosscutters. The Scrappers dug themselves a whole early and were able to climb back into it and tie things up. Due to the shortened seven inning game and
NILES, OH- After winning three straight games the Mahoning Valley Scrappers three-game win streak would end tonight against the Williamsport Crosscutters. The Scrappers dug themselves a whole early and were able to climb back into it and tie things up. Due to the shortened seven inning game and a late rally by Williamsport they ran out of time to make another comeback.
Williamsport didn’t take long to get on the board. Ramon Bramasco led the game off with a triple in the right center gap. Two pitches later he’d score on a wild pitch. After the run scored Williamsport loaded the bases with three walks. With the bases loaded and two outs Sean Ross forced another walk with a full count to give Williamsport the early 2-0 lead.
The Scrappers would have their answer in the bottom of the 3rd. Zaid Walker led off the inning with a single and stole his way to second. Shortly after stealing second he’d advance to third on a wild pick off attempt by the pitcher. After Sam Crail walked putting runners on the corners Bobby Sparling smacked an RBI single to cap off a nine pitch at-bat. The next pitch Jason Hinchman singled in Crail to tie the game at two runs a piece. After tying the game the Scrappers stranded the bases loaded.
In the top of the 5th Williamsport broke the stalemate. With two outs Trey Steffler launched a no doubt 379 foot 2-run bomb into the Scrappers bullpen to give Williamsport the 4-2 lead. The following at-bat shortstop Jalen Jones made a great play, on a ball hit up the middle he was able to knock the ball down and fire a laser home, beating the runner to the plate and saving a run.
The Scrappers cut the lead in half in the bottom of the 6th. They scored their third run of the night when Walker singled home Collin Gordon from second base. Walker tried to advance into scoring position but was caught stealing at second to end the inning.
They weren’t able to keep the momentum long as the Crosscutters were able to add four runs the next half inning. In the top of the 7th Steffer singled home Dakota Kotowski from second giving them a two run lead once again. The Crosscutters scored again after back-to-back hit batsmen loaded the bases and brought home a run. Noah Hemphill helped add another when he hit a sacrifice fly to center. For the fourth and final run of the inning Bramasco smacked a single up the middle scoring the runner from third. They’d take the 8-3 lead into the bottom of the 7th and close out the Scrappers, holding on for the win.
Sparling and Walker both had impressive nights at the dish. Sparling went 3-3 with three singles, hit by pitch and an RBI. Walker was also 3-3 with three singles, he also scored a run, stole a base and had an RBI.
Hinchman and Sparling are still leading the league in RBIs. Both added one to their total tonight. Hinchman is in first with 39 and Sparling is right behind with 38. Not only have they been driving in runs but both have been mashing at the plate all season. Sparling has a .939 OPS and Hinchman isn’t very far behind with an .892 OPS
The pitching staff struggled mightily tonight giving up eight runs on nine hits, five walks and two hit by pitches. Control played a big part in most of the runs scored tonight. Three of the eight runs scored were a walk, hit by pitch and passed ball dropped third strike. The staff along with the rest of the team will look to rebound tomorrow night in the rubber match of the series.
The loss drops the Scrappers record to (22-26-2) but they still remain eight games back after the Trenton Thunder and West Virginia Black Bears both lost tonight.
Game three, the final game of the series against the Williamsport Crosscutters will take place tomorrow, July 29 at 7:05 p.m. at Eastwood field.
Tomorrow is Buck Night presented by Quaker Steak & Lube, fans can purchase general admission tickets, 12 ounce draft beers, hot dogs and fountain drinks all for $1 a piece. It’s also Wellness Night presented by One Health Ohio.