Morgantown, W.V.- For the second time this season, Williamsport fell in alk-off fashion in West Virginia, falling 5-4 in the bottom of the 10th inning of the series finale.
Jake Holmes got the Crosscutters on the board in the top of the 1st inning, plating Ben Aklinski and Rafael Marchan with a two-run single to give the Cutters an early 2-0 lead. For Holmes it was his 5th and 6th RBI of the year.
Ben Pelletier upped the Cutters lead with a solo home run over the wall in straight-away center field, making it 3-0 Williamsport. The blast was the team-leading 7th for Pelletier and gave him a team-high 31 RBI.
Ethan Lindow tossed the first five innings for the Cutters, holding West Virginia off the scoreboard until the bottom of the 6th. The lefty faced to batters in the bottom of the 6th, giving up a lead off triple on a misplayed ball in right by Jesus Henriquez followed by a RBI single from Edison Lantigua to make it 3-1.
Tyler Carr entered with one one and no outs. After retiring the first two batters of the frame, Carr got Kyle Watson to ground to 2nd base, but the throw from Seth Lancaster pulled Edwin Rodriguez off the bag at 1st, allowing Lantigua to score and make it a 3-2 game.
Both runs were charged to Lindow as he finished the night allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and three walks while striking out four. He left the pitcher of record, in line for a win.
Carr was unable to hold the led in the bottom of the 7th inning, allowing a Zack Kone to single home Melvin Jimenez to tie the game at 3-3. Carr finished the night, allowing one run on two hits and striking out two.
Robinson Martinez worked a pair of scoreless frames of relief, giving the Cutters an opportunity to win the game in regulation, but the Cutters failed to score a run in those frame. Martinez finished the night allowing a hit and a walk while striking out one.
Ben Pelletier gave the Cutters the lead in the top of the 10th inning, singling home Jesus Henriquez from 3rd base with a two-out knock, making it 4-3 Cutters on Pelletier's 32nd RBI.
Abdallaha Aris entered in the bottom of the 10th inning, found himself in a runners on the corners with two outs situation. He worked ahead 1-2 against Kyle Watson, who singled into deep left-center with the runner at 1st Ben Bengtson off on the pitch.
Placed runner Daniel Amaral scored from 3rd, tying the game and Bengtson was able to race all the way around to score the game-winning run for the Black Bears.
The Crosscutters head back to State College tomorrow, where they will play a makeshift doubleheader against the Spikes. Game one will be the completion of a suspended game from Thursday, August 16th and will start at 5:35 p.m. at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Cutter Carvings - The Crosscutters split the regular season series with West Virginia, going 6-6 this season... The Cutters are 1-5 in extra innings games, which is the worst win percentage in the New York-Penn League... Pat Borders did not manage tonight's game, as he was still recovering from the effects of being struck by a foul ball in last night's game...
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