Batavia, N.Y. - Kendall Simmons (12th) and Rudy Rott (1st) socked home runs while the Crosscutters knocked out a season-high 15 hits in a 10-3 blowout win at first-place Batavia (37-31) on Sunday night.
Rott finished just a double shy of the cycle going 3-for-4 with a triple, home run and three RBI. His three-bagger, also a first in his pro career, was part of a five-run rally in the fifth that pushed the Cutters lead to 7-0. The Holmen, Wisconsin native enjoyed his big day while his father was watching and cheering from the front row at Dwyer Stadium.
Simmons blasted a two-run shot in the third-inning clearing the wall in left-center. The 19-year-old infielder from Macon, Ga. is second in the league in home runs trailing Ezequiel Duran of the Staten Island Yankees by one. He has 10 home runs in his last 22 games played since July 27. Five of his dingers have come against Batavia.
Williamsport (28-39) was also led by Bryson Stott who was 3-for-5 with an RBI while Corbin Williams went 2-for-4 with two driven in.
Spencer Van Scoyoc (W, 4-3) pitched 2.1 innings of relief allowing two runs while recording the win and Gabriel Yanez worked a three-inning save. Brett Schulze racked up six strikeouts in 3.2 frames as the starter in a no-decision.
The Cutters opened the scoring against Andrew Miller with yet another Simmons long-ball. He brought in Jake Holmes who had walked and stolen second base to begin the inning.
Williamsport broke the game open with a fine-run rally in the fifth sending 10 batters to the plate against Edison Suriel and Eli Villalobos. The first six Cutters reached beginning with singles by Holmes ad Johan Rojas. Kendall Simmons was walked intentionally to load the bases.
Suriel missed behind Stott for a wild pitch that brought in Holmes and then Stott followed that up with third single of the game bringing in Rojas for a 4-0 lead.
Rudy Rott kept his bouncer down the first-base line barely fair and was able to dodge the tag attempt at third for his first career triple. He also drove in Simmons and Stott for a 6-0 lead.
Rott was later thrown out at home on a fielder's choice but Corbin Williams picked up an RBI single to successfully plate Nate Fassnacht who had walked thus capping the big five-run inning.
Batavia struck for a pair against Spencer Van Scoyoc in the fifth with a couple walks and then an RBI fielder's choice by Nic Ready and a run-producing single to right by Sean Reynolds to cut the margin to 7-2.
The Cutters put a couple more on the board in the seventh with four singles including RBI hits by Corbin Williams and Jake Holmes for a 9-2 lead.
Rott capped Willimasport's scoring with his solo shot to right in the eighth for a 10-2 lead.
Batavia got one of them back in the bottom of the ninth on a Troy Johnston double that scored Michael Hernandez but Gabriel Yanez finished it off for his first professional save.
The Crosscutters continue the series at Batavia on Monday at 7:05 p.m. and Tuesday at 11:05 a.m. LHP Chris Micheles is the scheduled starter for Williamsport on Monday.
- Williamsport is 18-12 in the second half after going 10-27 in the first half.
- The Crosscutters are 3-1 at Batavia this year. Two of those wins have been by seven runs including a 7-0 win at Dwyer STadium on July 27.
- Just eight games remain in the regular season including five at home.
- Jake Holmes had two hits and now has eight hits in his last five games.
- Bryson Stott enjoyed his first career three-hit game.
- Corbin Williams had a two RBI game. He had three RBI's all season entering the contest.
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