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Nunez, Cutters Steal Win In State College

August 6, 2021

University Park, Pa – After a back-and-forth contest with hit batters, errors, and a controversial call to end the game, Isaac Nunez and the Cutters literally steal victory from the State College Spikes, 5-4, tonight at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. After a top of the first inning that saw

University Park, Pa – After a back-and-forth contest with hit batters, errors, and a controversial call to end the game, Isaac Nunez and the Cutters literally steal victory from the State College Spikes, 5-4, tonight at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

After a top of the first inning that saw two Cutters reach safely but left stranded, the Spikes took an early 2-0 lead as Williamsport starter Max Loven surrendered a lead-off double and a triple that would both lead to runs.

The Cutters offense would quickly respond in the top of the 2nd inning. Freddie Matos sparked the offense with a leadoff single, and that would be followed by walks from Jaxon Shirley and Steven Nitch to load the bases with two outs and the top of the order coming to the plate. Ramon Bramasco would pick up an RBI in a painful way as he would be hit by the Zach Taglieri offering, bringing in Matos. This would be immediately followed by a hard hit single to the outfield off the bat of Isaac Nunez that brought in Shirley from third and Nitch from second. Those RBI would give Williamsport a 3-2 lead in the middle of the 2nd inning.

Pitching would take over the game through the middle innings as neither side would be able to find the scoreboard. Max Loven, after surrendering the two runs in the 1st, would see three innings of work in his start, allowing two runs, both earned, on three hits, two walks, and two strikeouts. The momentum continued for the bullpen as David Stiehl worked a scoreless inning, allowing just one hit.

State College was able to tie things up in the bottom of the sixth as an Isaac Nunez throwing error allowed Brian Morrell to reach who would come around to score. That would be the only run allowed by Dylan Peiffer during his two innings of work that also saw him allow three hits and a walk while striking out two.

The Cutters responded once again in the top of the seventh, as Ramon Bramasco reached with a lead-off walk, advanced to third thanks to an Isaac Nunez double, and scored on a wild pitch to give Williamsport a 4-3 lead.

Will Riley would allow a lead-off walk to begin his time out of the bullpen, which would come around and score on a sac fly to tie the game again at five runs a piece. That would be the only run allowed in his two innings of work as Riley surrendered two hits, two walks, and struck out two.

In the ninth, it looked like the game was heading for a tie until Isaac Nunez worked a two out walk, stole second, advanced on an error to third, and then stole home to give the Cutters their final run of the ballgame.

The Spikes threatened in the ninth, but a controversial call of the runners passing on the basepaths led to the final two outs to end the ballgame.

Will Riley picked up the win in his Cutters debut, improving to 1-0 on the year. Chase Plymell is credited with the save in the ninth, his second of the year.

Williamsport returns to Muncy Bank Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field for the final two home game of 2021 on Tuesday and Wednesday as they host the West Virginia Black Bears. Game time both days is at 7:05 p.m. with Topps Tuesday and Boomer’s Birthday Celebration on Tuesday, along with Fan Appreciation Night on Wednesday. Great seats are still available and can be purchased by visiting the Cutters Box Office, calling the Cutters Hotline at 570-326-3389, or by visiting Crosscutters.com.

Cutters Carvings – Williamsport hit into three double plays tonight, making five occurrences in the last two nights… Williamsport batters were hit by a pitch four times tonight… Isaac Nunez is the first Crosscutters player to steal home as a member of the MLB Draft League…