Williamsport, Pa. - The Williamsport Crosscutters split a Thursday night doubleheader with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers winning the first game 8-1 but falling in the nightcap 3-2. The games marked the Bowman Field debut of first-rounder Bryson Stott who went 1-for-4 across both games with two runs scored.
In the Game One blowout, Williamsport blasted out three triples and two home runs. Logan O'Hoppe lifted out his team-leading fourth of the season on a three-run blast in the fifth to extend the lead to 7-1. And Hunter Hearn followed with a solo shot in the sixth inning which was his second long-ball of the season. Williamsport's first scoring of the night came on back-to-back triples in the second inning by Logan O'Hoppe and Hunter Markwardt.
Mahoning Valley had actually drawn first blood against Cutters starter Hsin-Chieh Lin with an RBI single by Raynel Delgado plating Bryan Lavistida who had walked and advanced on an errant pick-off attempt by Lin.
But the Cutters were quick to respond with a pair of runs in the second against Jhoneyver Gutierrez after O'Hoppe's flare down the line in right fell for a triple and then Markwardt's blast ti right-center made it consecutive three-baggers. Jake Holmes gave the Cutters the lead on his sacrifice fly to left.
Williamsport extended the lead in the third with a couple more. Corbin Williams hit a lead-off single to left and proceeded to swipe his league-leading 17th stolen base of the season while also advancing to third on the play on a throwing error. Kendall Simmons fly to left was deep enough to bring him in for a 3-1 lead. Then Bryson Stott walked and came in to score on Juan Aparicio's triple to the wall in right-center for a 4-1 lead in the third.
Stott singled with two outs in the fifth and Aparicio was hit by a pitch setting the stage for O'Hoppe's three-run homer to left which was his team-leading fourth of the year.
And Hunter Hearn's solo shot an inning later was a no-doubter to left-center for his second of the season.
Adam Cox (1-0) recorded his first professional win retiring all eight batters he faced in relief. Omar Maldonado kept the streak going with six straight outs of his own to finish it off. The two relievers combined to retire the last 14 straight Scrappers hitters allowing the Cutters to cruise to the finish line.
Game Two began with the Cleveland Indians' affiliate taking a 3-0 lead in the first three innings against starter Jose Conopoima (0-3) on three sacrifice flies. The Scrappers had only four hits in each game of the doubleheader.
George Valera walked in the second and then Michael Cooper doubled over the head of D.J. Stewart in left. Johnathon Rodriguez and Eric Rodriguez lifted consecutive sac-flies for a 2-0 lead.
Pedro Alfonseca eventually came around after his bunt single on Bryan Lavistida's sac-fly for a 3-0 lead.
The Cutters got one of them back in the bottom of the third with Rudy Rott reaching on an error and eventually scoring on Corbin Williams single to right.
And Herbert Iser just missed a home run in the fourth blasting the team's fourth triple of the evening off the wall in right setting up Stewart for an RBI knock up the middle. But Mahoning Valley's Serafino Brito slammed the door in a three-inning stint at the end allowing just one run.
Anton Kuznetsov pitched two effective innings of relief in the fifth and sixth keeping the Cutters within striking distance. And Rafael Carvajal worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to keep the margin at one. But the Cutters couldn't complete the comeback.
The Crosscutters are back in action on a Fireworks Friday night to wrap up their series against Mahoning Valley at 7:05. RHP Tyler Burch (1-0) is the pitching probably for Williamsport on Timber Night with another Friday Fireworks show.
- Williamsport and Mahoning Valley are even in the season series at 4-4.
- It was the fourth doubleheader of the season for the Cutters who three splits in their twin-bills including in both of their double-dips vs. the Scrappers.
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