Aberdeen, Md. - Phillies first-rounder Bryson Stott socked a home run to right field in his first at bat with the Williamsport Crosscutters and he drove in all three runs for the team in a 4-3 loss at the Aberdeen Ironbirds on Sunday afternoon.
Stott was the #14 selection overall in the 2019 draft out of UNLV. He had also homered in his first professional at bat on Tuesday July 9 in a game with the Gulf Coast League Phillies-East.
Stott also pushed across a run in the ninth inning via a bases loaded walk and went 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI while reaching base three times in five plate appearances including being hit by a pitch and drawing a walk.
Williamsport still had the bases loaded in the ninth inning with one out but were not able to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs.
Stott lifted a 1-0 pitch by Leonardo Rodriguez to right field with enough carry to clear the wall into the Aberdeen bullpen. The lefty-batting shortstop provided the Cutters the initial 2-0 advantage. Rodriguez settled in for a strong performance after that with six solid innings allowing just two hits including zero hits from the third through sixth frames.
Aberdeen recovered the first of the runs against starter Erik Miller who was also making his Williamsport debut. Jordan Cannon doubled barely fair down the left-field line to plate Johnny Rizer who had reached on an error.
The IronBirds tied the game in the fourth on consecutive doubles by Jordan Cannon and Zach Watson against Brian Marconi.
Aberdeen took the lead against another Williamsport newcomer, Adam Leverett, who had recorded eight outs with only one man reaching on an error. But with two outs in the seventh, Toby Welk doubled to left-center and Andrew Daschbach's fly to the left-field corner barely cleared the fence for a go-ahead home run and a 4-2 lead.
The Cutters had the bases loaded in the top of the eighth but relief pitcher James Ryan won a long battle with Cutters outfielder D.J. Stewart that ended with a swinging strikeout after numerous foul balls in a determined at bat.
Aberdeen right-hander Shelton Perkins had difficulty locating in the ninth and offered four consecutive walks to force in a run. His fourth walk was to Bryson Stott with the bases loaded pulling the Crosscutters to within 4-3. But Marlon Constante came out of the pen as Aberdeen's sixth pitcher and he retired Hunter Hearn on a swinging strikeout and Logan O'Hoppe on a ground out as Williamsport left the bases loaded including the potential tying run just ninety feet away.
Nate Fassnacht reached base in four consecutive appearances on a single and three walks.
The Crosscutters return to action on Monday at 7:05 p.m. with RHP Tom Sutera scheduled to take the mound. The Cutters will return to BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field on Wednesday night to host the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in what could be the home debut for Bryson Stott.
Crosscutters Record: 8-21
Next Game: Monday, July 15, 2019 at Aberdeen IronBirds at 7:05 p.m.
Next Home Game/Promotion: Wednesday, July 17, 7:05 p.m. vs. Mahoning Valley - Team Photo Giveaway Night
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