Batavia, N.Y. - Williamsport was unable to overcome an early deficit, falling 4-2 to Batavia in the series finale.
Ben Brown got the start in his Crosscutters debut, allowing four runs, three earned, over five innings of work. Brown battled his command for the most part, surrendering four hits and allowing three walks while striking out one batter.
Ben Pelletier gave the cutters an early lead, homering to right-center to lead off the top of the 2nd inning, making it it 1-0. It was his team-leading 9th home run and his team-leading 40th RBI of the season. No other Cutters batter has 30 RBI.
All four Muckdogs run scored in the bottom of the 2nd inning, taking advantage of a Alec Bohm error as well as a couple Ben Brown walks, giving Batavia a 4-1 lead.
After the 2nd inning, Ben brown worked three-straight scoreless innings, and retired the last nine batters that he faced, with seven of the outs being recorded on the infield in either a pop up of a ground out.
Ben Aklinski chipped away at the deficit in the top of the 5th inning, singling into center field to chance home Jesse Wilkening, making it a 4-2 deficit. It was Aklinski's 24th RBI of the season, tying him for 2nd on the team.
Ethan Evanko worked the final three innings, allowing just two hits and striking out one in his Crosscutters debut. Like Brown, he utilized his defense, with six of his nine outs coming on the infield.
The Crosscutters return home tomorrow to start a three-game series against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05p.m., due to the Championship Game of the Little League World Series in the afternoon.
Cutter Carvings - Jesse Wilkening recorded his 2nd, three-hit game of the season, going 3 for 4 with a double...The last Crosscutters batter to record 40 RBI in a season was Rhys Hoskins in 2014... The Crosscutters finished the season with a 4-7 record against the Muckdogs...
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