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 Scrappers Take Series in Williamsport

August 9, 2021

Jordan Boitnott WILLIAMSPORT, PA- After having a rough July the Mahoning Valley Scrappers are slowly inching towards .500 again. With a 2-1 series win over the Williamsport CrossCutters they are now (26-28-2) and seven games out of first in the MLB Draft League. Game one took place Tuesday night. The

Jordan Boitnott

WILLIAMSPORT, PA- After having a rough July the Mahoning Valley Scrappers are slowly inching towards .500 again. With a 2-1 series win over the Williamsport CrossCutters they are now (26-28-2) and seven games out of first in the MLB Draft League.

Game one took place Tuesday night. The Scrappers dropped the contest 4-1 in a shortened seven inning contest. Williamsport took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st and wouldn’t look back. The Scrappers pushed across their only run of the contest in the 2nd when Mark Herron Jr. singled home Jalen Jones. Williamsport added two more in the 3rd and neither side could get anything going after that. Jarrod Belbin had an impressive night at the plate going 3-3 with two singles and a double.

The Scrappers would respond in the second game of the series. The pitching staff locked Williamsport down in the seven inning contest and the offense combined for eight hits. Sam Crail broke the ice in the 3rd with a two run single that put the Scrappers out in front early. They’d add to their lead in the 4th when Jones drove in Hinchman to extend their lead to 3-0. Williamsport added a run in the 4th and the 5th but it wouldn’t be enough. The Scrappers added their last insurance run in the 5th when Hinchman added a run when he hit into a fielder’s choice. The final score was 4-2

Offensively, the Scrappers had seven different batters with a hit. Zaid Walker led the way going 2-2 with a double, single and a run scored. Starting pitcher Hunter Stellato tossed four strong innings, he only allowed one run on four hits and a walk. The bullpen locked the game down the rest of the way only allowing one run, on a hit and a walk over the final three innings.

The rubber match was where the team shined the most. Bobby Sparling gave the Scrappers a cushion early. In the 1st he singled home Trent “Buck” Anderson giving the Scrappers the early 1-0 lead. He’d strike again in the 4th blasting a solo shot, his third of the season. After scoring another run in the 4th they now had a 3-0 advantage. In the 5th Hinchman added a fourth run when he hit into a fielder’s choice. After Williamsport added one in the bottom of the 4th the Scrappers would add an insurance run from a Jason Nall sac fly to extend their lead to 6-1. Williamsport attempted to rally in the 9th, they added two runs but were shut down by Yo Yo Nunez who came in with one out.

In order to hold onto the 6-3 win the Scrappers needed key contributions from many members of the team. Outside of Sparling having a monster night, Zaid Walker and Nall both had multi-hit games. The pitching staff was electric, starter Kyle Smith threw the first six innings. He allowed one run, six hits and tallied five strikeouts. Relievers Jerry Burkett, Jarrett Orbin, and Nunez went the final three innings and combined to give up two runs, one earned on only two hits.

After struggling due to players leaving in preparation of the MLB Draft and being drafted it seems the Scrappers are starting to find their identity as a team winning seven of their last 11 games.

After the series win the Scrappers will travel to Morgantown, West Virginia to face the West Virginia Black Bears for a three-game set that will be their last road series of the year.

After the road series the Scrappers will return home for their final four games of the season next week. The homestand will begin with the Trenton Thunder Tuesday, August 10 at 7:05 p.m. at Eastwood Field.

The August 10 return will feature

TOPPS Tuesday; the first 1,000 fans will receive a 2020 Bowman sample card pack. It’s also the last Senior Discount Tuesday presented by Shepherd of the Valley, all of our friends 55+ can purchase half price upper box seat tickets. Offer valid at Chevy All-Stars Box Office. Along with the other promos it is All You Can Eat Tuesday presented by 570 WKBN. Get all you can eat hot dogs, Italian sausage, soft tacos, nachos, French fries, popcorn and fountain drinks through the 7th inning. Fans can purchase this wristband for an additional $15 per person or additional $12 per child, 12 and under. Lastly, it’s Fan Appreciation Night.