Williamsport, Penn. - Bryson Stott launched a pair of homers and Kendall Simmons clobbered a long grand slam to center in a 10-3 blowout win of the State College Spikes on Sunday evening before a sold out crowd at BB&T Ballpark.
The Phillie Phanatic made its annual Williamsport appearance to open the entertainment before the game. Then came Stott's homer in the first and Simmons big blast in the second. By the end of the evening, the Crosscutters reached 10 runs for the first time this year. The Cutters also hit three home runs in a game for the first time this season.
Stott had the first two-homer game for a Crosscutter since Aug 2, 2018 and has gone 8-for-13 in his last four games with two doubles, three home runs and six RBI.
The Simmons grand slam was the first of the season for Williamsport. It gave the Cutters a 7-0 lead early in the game. Simmons is second in the NYPL with nine home runs trailing Ezequiel Duran of the Staten Island Yankees who has 10.
Stott opened the scoring against starter Junior Gonzales with an opposite field blast to left-center that carried over the wall for a 1-0 lead. But the Cutters were just getting warmed up. Then came the second inning with a big six-run rally, the most runs in an inning for Williamsport this year.
Rudy Rott started the frame innocently enough with a single to right and Hunte rHearn reached on an error by the shortstop. Niclas Torres loaded the bases with a smartly placed bunt single on the first-base line.
Then Mitch Edwards smashed a single up the middle for the first NYPL RBI for the Aussie catcher. Holmes reached on a fielders choice on a dropped line drive in which Torres was barely thrown out at third. Holmes received an RBI for a 3-0 lead and then Johan Rojas legged out an infield single on a little tapper.
That set the table for Simmons who clobbered one over the center field wall for the second time in a week. His first four-run blast as a pro gave the Cutters a commanding 7-0 lead.
The Spikes scored in the fourth against Tyler Burch with an unearned run on an RBI single to left for Pedro Pages.
Then came Stott up again in the bottom of the fourth wanting to one-up his fellow middle-infielder Simmons. The Phillies first-rounder this time pulled the pitch into the Williamsport bullpen for his second home run of the game and fifth of the season for a 9-1 lead and the Cutters cruised to the win from there.
Johan Rojas singled to right in the eighth inning to drive in Nicolas Torres, who had doubled, pushing the Crosscutters to double digits in runs for the first time this season. Tyler Burch recorded seven straight outs to begin the night and allowed one unearned run in four innings. Victor Vargas threw three innings in his Cutters' debut for the win. And Brian Marconi wrapped it up with six straight outs including striking out the side in the ninth.
Williamsport (22-34) will conclude its brief two-game homestand on Monday at 7:05 p.m. with RHP Brett Schulze starting for Williamsport. The Cutters open a seven-game road-trip after that with trips to State College, Auburn and West Virginia.
- On July 27 Kendall Simmons had 2 home runs this season but he has hit 7 since then in just his last 14 games.
- Bryson Stott is 8-for-13 in his last 4 games with 2 doubles, 3 home runs and 6 RBI
- Nicolas Torres had two more hits and is now 9-18 in his last 5 games
- Williamsport is 12-7 in the second half of the season after going 10-27 in the first half
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