Cutters Drop Two at West Virginia

By Bob Rotruck | August 9, 2019 12:24 AM

Morgantown, W.V. - The Williamsport Crosscutters were swept in a doubleheader for the second day in a row this time falling in consecutive games at the West Virginia Black Bears 8-2 and 2-1. The Cutters have now lost four straight on the other side of their season-best six-game win streak. 

Williamsport had only seven hits on the night in total while the team was playing its third and fourth games in barely more than 24 hours. The Cutters served as the home team in Game 1.

Bryson Stott hit a solo home run in the opener which is his third homer of the season. But his blast came after the Cutters found themselves trailing 6-0 with the Black Bears putting together a pair of three-run rallies against starter Adam Leverett. 

Nate Fassnacht added a double and scored a late run on a Jake Holmes single.

But the Black Bears had already taken early control of the game with three runs in the second and third innings. A solo homer to left for Matt Gorski leading off the second inning opened the scoring. Brett Kinneman knocked in a couple more with his double to deep center to make it 3-0.

The Bears kept the bats going in the third with a sacrifice fly by Gorski plating Jared Triolo who drew a lead-off walk. Blake Sabol scored ahead of the throw on a drawn-in infield on Cory Wood's grounder for a 5-0 lead and then Fernando Villegas singled home another run against relief pitcher Gabriel Yanez who was making his Cutters debut. 

Yanez lasted the rest of the game going 4.1 innings allowing four hits and two runs in a strong showing. He surrendered two runs in the the sixth on three extra-base hits, including an RBI triple to right-center by Triolo, but otherwise pitched very effectively.

The second game was highlighted by strong bullpen work from LHP Junior Tejada who spun four innings of no-hit ball allowing no runs to keep the Cutters within comeback range. Corbin Williams picked up his league-leading 25th stolen base of the season and later came around to score the team's lone run of the game but Williamsport was unable to overcome the initial 2-0 deficit.

West Virginia went to work on Chris Micheles early with single tallies in the first and second innings including an RBI hit for Kyle Wilkie in the first to drive in Ethan Paul who had singled. Then a hit batter to begin the second translated into a run on Cory Wood's single to center for a 2-0 lead. 

Tejada walked a couple batters in the third in what could have been a potentially shaky opening frame for him but his infielders helped him out with a double play on a grounder and the talented left-hander built on the momentum after that.

Williamsport's third time through the lineup against Jesus Valles started to produce some results. Corbin Williams singled up the middle with one out in the sixth and then sped his way to second on a steal. He moved up to third on a wild pitch while Jake Holmes drew a walk. Holmes was fired out trying to steal but Williams came home to get the Crosscutters on the scoreboard. 

Two men reached on a walk and hit batter against reliever Oliver Garcia but Williamsport could not bring them in. And Garcia put away the Cutters in order in the seventh to emerge with the sweep.

The Cutters are back at West Virginia on Friday night for a single game at 7:05 p.m. with LHP Erik Miller starting.

Cutters Carvings:

- Williamsport played its seventh doubleheader of the season. The Cutters are 0-3-4 (W-L-Split) in doubleheader nights.

- Johan Rojas left in the fourth inning of Game 2 with an apparent injury perhaps on a tangle up with a middle infielder when he stole second base.

- Junior Tejada has pitched shutout baseball in three consecutive outings allowing just three hits. 

- Tejada has pitched 3 or 4 innings of shutout baseball in 5 of his last 7 appearances.

- Bryson Stott's home run was his third of the season and his first since July 25 against Auburn.

- Williamsport had won six in a row before dropping four straight games in barely over 24 hours.

- Erik Miller will oppose his former Stanford University teammate, Will Matthiessen, in Friday's game. 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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