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Cutters Fall Short

June 6, 2021

Williamsport, PA. - Despite a seven-run 7th inning, the Williamsport Crosscutters saw their rally efforts come up short, falling 9-8 to the Trenton Thunder on Sunday night at home. Nick Cosentino took the ball for the Crosscutters, making his third start of the season, and had some early success, allowing

Williamsport, PA. - Despite a seven-run 7th inning, the Williamsport Crosscutters saw their rally efforts come up short, falling 9-8 to the Trenton Thunder on Sunday night at home.

Nick Cosentino took the ball for the Crosscutters, making his third start of the season, and had some early success, allowing one run through his first two innings of work. He ran into trouble in the 3rd inning, seeing all nine Thunder batters come to the plate, giving up three runs on two hits, two hits and two hit batters.

Cosentino came back out in the 4th inning, but failed to make it out of the frame. The right-hander finished the night, allowing six runs on seven hits, two walks and two hit batters, striking out three over 3,2 innings.

Williamsport answered the Thunder’s first inning run with a run of their own in the bottom of the 1st, getting a RBI double to right-center from Freddie Matos, chasing home Chaz Salter from 1st. Matos was thrown out, trying to extend the double into a triple. The score was tied 1-1 after one.

Ben Terwilliger took over in the top of the 4th inning, with two out, for Williamsport. He was able to end the inning with a strike out. Terwilliger worked a scoreless inning in the top of the 5th and earned a trip back to the mound in the 6th inning.

Trenton got to Terwilliger, getting their first four batters aboard in the inning, which chased the Cutters reliever. The Thunder would score three of those four runners, upping their lead to 9-1 heading to the bottom of the 6th inning. Terwilliger was charged with three runs allowed on three hits and a walk, striking out one.

In the bottom of the 7th things got interesting as the Crosscutters offense exploded for seven runs against the Thunder bullpen. Williamsport got their first four batters on base, utilizing a pair of walks and two singles, including a two-run single from Damone Hale, scoring Hogan McIntosh and Kyle Smith cutting the deficit to 9-3.

Trey Romay plated the next Crosscutter run with a sacrifice fly to right field, bring home Mitch Hundley, reducing the deficit to 9-4.

Chaz Salter doubled home Hale, making it 9-5. Trey Steffler single to score Salter to bring the Cutters within three. Kyle Smith was hit by a pitch, plating Matos, making it a two-run game and then Mitch Hundley capped the scoring with a bases-loaded walk to bring the Cutters within one at 9-8.

The final three Crosscutters relievers, Dominic Hambley, Holden Christian and Owen Holt, worked four scoreless innings, striking out seven Thunder batters and allowing just three base runners, giving the Cutters an opportunity to complete the come back effort.

Williamsport had a chance in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game, getting the tying run on 3rd base and the winning run on 2nd with one out. Unfortunately, the rally would yield no runs as Trey Steffler was thrown out at the plate to end the game, trying to score after a flyout to shallow right field, ending the game.

The Crosscutters will have Monday off before heading to State College for a three-game series, which kicks off a six-game road trip. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Cutter Carvings - Crosscutters picked up a season-high four doubles in the loss… The seven runs in the 7th inning are the most scored in a single inning by the Cutters this season… It was the first time