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 Tough Times Continue, Scrappers Lose Again

July 20, 2021

Jordan Boitnott Struggling as of late the Scrappers would continue their slide. The loss tonight to the State College Spikes means the Scrappers have now lost six straight and 12 of their last 13. After digging a massive whole the offense would rally but it would be too little too

Jordan Boitnott

Struggling as of late the Scrappers would continue their slide. The loss tonight to the State College Spikes means the Scrappers have now lost six straight and 12 of their last 13. After digging a massive whole the offense would rally but it would be too little too late.

State College started the scoring in the top of the 1st. When Lukas Cook stole second Hylan Hall stole home on the throw down giving the Spikes the early 1-0 lead.

The Spikes would strike again in the 3rd when Cook snuck a two-run homer over the left field fence at 391 feet stretching the lead to 3-0 (_Prep Baseball Report_).

In the 4th the Scrappers would finally get on the board. Jason Hinchman drove in Sam Crail with a groundout to third. Crail started the inning with a leadoff double and stole third base.

The Scrappers weren’t able to keep the momentum long as State College added two more runs in the 5th. Both runs came from the Scrappers blunders on one play. Steven Sanchez threw a wild pitch to the backstop that allowed the runner from 3rd to score and a wild throw by Jack Kelly to Sanchez at home plate allowed the runner from second to score. The string of unfortunate events extended State College’s lead to 5-1.

Walks and a hit batter really hurt the Scrappers in the 6th. They gave up five runs on only two hits. Sanchez and Neil Freeman combined to walk four batters and hit the leadoff man. The 7th wasn’t any better with Freeman walking four more, hitting a batsmen and giving up a single. Freeman didn’t record an out in the 7th and gave up three runs. The walk infested back-to-back innings gave State College an insurmountable 13-1 advantage.

The Scrappers showed heart in the 8th. They’d score three runs cutting the lead down to 13-7. Trent “Buck” Anderson started the inning with a double into the right field corner. He’d score the following at-bat when Garrett Sheffield hit a grounder to short and the throw was dropped by the first baseman. Zaid Walker followed with a double that drove in Sheffield. After the double Hinchman was walked with a full count. Back-to-back RBI doubles by Belbin and Jason Nall put three more runs on the board for the Scrappers. The sixth run of the inning scored after Sheffield forced a full count and bases loaded walk in his second at-bat of the inning. They’d strand the bases loaded, ending the inning. Neither side would score again.

Belbin and Anderson both had big nights. At the dish Belbin went 2-4 with two RBI and a walk. He also stole a base and scored a run. Anderson was also 2-4 with a double and a single. He also scored a run. The offense as a unit had nine hits.

For the month of July the Scrappers have a -67 run differential being outscored by their competition 113 to 47. They have gone from first place in the MLB Draft League as recently as June 29 to fourth place with a (19-22-2) record.

Game two of the series will take place tomorrow night at 7:05 at Eastwood Field with the Scrappers hoping to rebound. Tomorrow is

Military Appreciation Night, with a military ID fans can get two free upper box seat tickets with Military ID at the Chevy All-Stars Box Office presented by NECA/IBEW Electricians and 33 WYTV. It’s also $2 Pizza Slice Night presented by Pizza Joe's. Lastly, it’s Austintown Community Day presented by Hollywood Gaming & Casino.