Williamsport, P.A.- After being no-hit through the first seven inning, the Crosscutters battled back to tie it in the 9th, but came up short, falling 7-5 in 10 innings to Batavia.
Jhordany Mezquita got off to a great start for the Williamsport Crosscutters, retiring the first 10 batters that he faced, recording three strike outs along the way.
After retiring the first batter of the 4th inning, Brayan Hernandez ripped a double to left field, giving the Muckdogs their first hit and a runner in scoring position.
Sean Reynolds drew a two-out walk, leading to two-run double from JD Osbourne scoring Hernandez and Reynolds to give the Muckdogs a 2-0 lead against Mezquita and the Crosscutters.
Mezquita worked a scoreless 5th inning, his final inning of the outing before being relieved by Austin Ross. The lefty finished the night allowing two runs on three hits and a walk, striking out five over five innings of work.
Austin Ross allowed a lead off walk to Hernandez in the top of the 6th inning, but Jesse Wilkening threw out Hernandez trying to swipe 2nd base. Ross retired the next two to get out of the inning without allowing a run.
In the top of the 7th, Albert Guaimaro ripped a triple to right-center, giving the Muckdogs an insurance run on 3rd. With two out, Wilkening had a pitch pop off of his mitt to the back stop, allowing Guaimaro to score and give Batavia a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the 8th, Jesse Wilkening was hit in the back of the helmet by a Zach Wolf fastball, forcing Wilkening to leave the game under his own power, and replaced by Rafael Marchan on the bases.
Seth Lancaster clubbed a Wolf offering into deep right-center field, one-hopping the wall for a RBI double to cut the deficit to 3-1 on the Cutters first hit of the night. It was the 5th double and the 4th RBI of the season for Lancaster.
Madison Stokes plated Lancaster with a RBI single into center field, making it a 3-2 deficit on Stokes 6th RBI of the season.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, the Cutters rallied, getting a lead off walk drawn by Danny Mayer. Jesus Henriquez popped up a sacrifice bunt attempt, caught by the catcher for the 1st out, followed by a pop out by Marchan for the 2nd out.
With Mayer at 1st base, Seth Lancaster and Keudy Bocio recorded back-to-back single to load the bases with two outs in the inning for Jonathan Guzman. Guzman ripped a ground ball up the middle, stopped on a dive by the 2nd basemen Denis Karas, who threw on to 1st late, allowing Mayer to score from 3rd and tie the game at 3-3, on Guzman's 11th RBI of the season.
With the bases loaded and two outs, Ben Aklinski grounded to the 1st basemen Sean Reynolds, who fielded the ball and then slipped on his way to the bag. Reynolds flipped on to the pitcher covering just in time to get Aklinski and leave the winning run at 3rd base.
After tossing back-to-back perfect frames of relief, Luis Ramirez surrendered four runs in the top of the 10th inning, two runs on a Bubba Hollis single and a two runs on a home run by Denis Karas, giving the Muckdogs a 7-3 lead in extras.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, Madison Stokes doubled to deep right field, scoring Ben Aklinski from 2nd base to make the deficit 7-4 with no outs. It was the 2nd double and the 7th RBI of the season for Stokes.
Danny Mayer singled in to center field, scoring Stokes to make it a 7-5 deficit with one out. It was the 9th RBI of the season for Mayer.
Williamsport got the tying run on base, with the winning run at home plate, unfortunately, Seth Lancaster struck out swinging to end the ball game.
The Crosscutters continue the series with Batavia tomorrow night at BB&T Ballpark, with first pitch scheduled at 7:05 p.m.
Cutter Carvings - The Crosscutters fall to 0-3 in extra innings games this season... Luis Ramirez has allowed two home runs, both in the 10th inning at home... Rafael Marchan extended his on-base streak to 16 games with his 10th inning single...
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