State College, Pa. - Crosscutters newcomer Johan Rojas had a big night in just his fourth game for Williamsport that included his first career home run but the Cutters fell at the State College Spikes 9-3 on Monday night in the rubber match of a three-game series.
The 18-year-old Rojas had just been called up from the Gulf Coast League on Friday. He went 3-for-4 with a triple belted out to left-center as well as his long ball kept barely fair over the wall in right.
The Cutters out hit State College 10-9 in the game.
Corbin Williams scored to open the game in the top of the first after swiping his league-leading 20th stolen base of the season. He was brought home on an RBI single to center by Kendall Simmons
Then State College went to work with a pair of three-run innings against Carlos Francisco.Martin Figueroa just missed a grand slam off the top of the tall wall in right and settled for a three-run triple. The play came just a couple batters after a high pop-up for Warner that landed for a single could have been caught for the final out of the inning.
In the second inning, Andrew Warner hit a home run to left center for another three runs to give the Spikes a 6-1 lead. It was Warner's sixth home run of the season.
Cutters right-hander Tom Sutera came out of the pen and fired effective relief was effective out of the pen with his second consecutive outing of four innings allowing just one hit and no runs. He tacked on three strikeouts in his stint that stretched from the third through the sixth.
Williamsport cut into the lead in the top of the seventh on the Rojas home run that stayed barely fair while clearing the tall wall in right. Rojas was racing around the bases and stopped at third before being informed that he actually had hit his first career home run. His long ball also brought in Hunter Hearn who had walked a couple batter before him.
Jake Kinney worked a perfect seventh but found difficulty in the eighth with the Spikes ralying via a couple infield singles and throwing error on a ball that slipped out of the hand of Simmons. Stanley Espinal's hit back up the middle bringing in Figueroa completed the scoring for the 9-3 final.
The Crosscutters are back at home this week for a three-game series vs. the Auburn Doubledays. RHP Jose Conopoima is the pitching probable for Williamsport. The series will feature giveaways each night beginning with Rhys Hoskins Puzzle/Posters on Tuesday, Team Photos on Wednesday and Mike Mussina Bobbleheads on Thursday.
Corbin Williams stole a base in every game of the three-game series and leads the NYPL with 20 swipes.
Logan O'Hoppe continued his torrid hitting pace with a single and a double. He had hits in five consecutive at bats before being retired in the sixth.
The Cutters and Spikes will face each other six more times in 2019 including an August 11-13 series split between Williamsport and State College.
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