Aberdeen, Md. - The Williamsport Crosscutters were shutout 3-0 on Saturday evening at the Aberdeen Ironbirds. Williamsport's two-game win streak came to an end as did the team's stretch of four wins in the last five games. Williamsport was limited to just six hits in the contest.
The Cutters were shutout for the sixth time this season but it was just the third time it had happened in a nine-inning game.
Juan Aparicio led the Cutters with a pair of hits including a double while also throwing out another runner trying to steal. Aparicio rates fourth I the league with a .320 average.
Spencer Van Scoyoc (0-1) took the loss in a two-inning start allowing one run while reliever Houston Roth (1-0) prevailed in his professional debut.
Williamsport (8-20) threatened to score in the second inning with a pair of singles by Juan Aparicio and Rudy Rott. But in-between was a double-play ball off the bat off D.J. Stewart and then Rott was picked off of first base attempting to get a good jump on a hit-and-run.
Aberdeen scored one in the second and two in the third to take a 3-0 lead that would hold up the rest of the way.
In the second inning, Van Scoyoc walked three straight batters and then allowed a single to Joey Ortiz that plated Toby Welk. But the Cutters kept the game tight and worked out of the bases-loaded no-out situation with minimal damage when Rudy Rott caught a hard line drive that he turned into an unassisted double play and then former Crosscutter Lenin Rodriguez flied out to end the threat.
The third innings against Junior Tejada was set up by Zac Watson and Kyle Stowers singles. The Crosscutters thought they had thrown out the lead runner on a double steal on a play that would have ended the inning but catcher Juan Aparicio and 3B Jake Holmes were denied on the decision thus providing the IronBirds an extra chance. Andrew Daschbach converted on a two-run single to center that pushed the lead to 3-0.
It was the first time Junior Tejada had allowed a run in his last three appearances. The talented left-hander was coming off consecutive four-inning shutout stints.
Holmes was ninety feet away in the fourth inning after he reached second on an infield single when a throwing error and then moved up on a ground out. But he was left stranded at third when Roth battled back with consecutive strikeouts.
The Cutters again had a lead-off man reach third base in the sixth inning. Nicolas Torres walked and then advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a balk. But again IronBirds pitching snagged back-to-back whiffs at the right time to keep Williamsport off the board.
Reliever Brett Schulze got out of a bases loaded mess in the ninth with a force at home on a fielders choice followed by a nifty around-the-horn double play turned by Holmes to Torres to Rott. But the Cutters went down quietly in the ninth aside from Aparicio's double to the right-field corner which was his seventh two-bagger of the year. It was also Williamsport's first hit since the fourth inning. But Connor Gillispie recorded a couple more outs after that to end the rapidly played ballgame.
Nicolas Torres had his six-game hitting streak come to a close.
Hunter Markwardt registered his sixth steal of the season which was also the team's 50th. Williamsport rates second in the NYPL in stolen bases.
The Crosscutters return to action on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. with RHP Tom Sutera (1-3, 2.87) scheduled to take the mound.
Crosscutters Record: 8-20
Next Game: Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Aberdeen IronBirds at 4:05 p.m.
Next Home Game/Promotion: Wednesday, July 17, 7:05 p.m. vs. Mahoning Valley - Team Photo Giveaway Night
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