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Thunderstruck

June 5, 2021

Williamsport, PA. - The Williamsport Crosscutters suffered their worst loss of the season, allowing a season-high 14 runs, in their 14-2 loss to the Trenton Thunder. Starter Devin Smith had a tough outing, allowing nine runs (seven earned) on eight hits in the losing effort, seeing his record drop to

Williamsport, PA. - The Williamsport Crosscutters suffered their worst loss of the season, allowing a season-high 14 runs, in their 14-2 loss to the Trenton Thunder.

Starter Devin Smith had a tough outing, allowing nine runs (seven earned) on eight hits in the losing effort, seeing his record drop to 0-2 on the season. The right-hander did not allow a walk in his three innings of work and struck out two.

Trenton got off to a hot start against Smith, scoring two runs in the top of the 1st inning, two more runs in the top of the 2nd inning and then hung a five spot in the top of the 3rd inning. They utilized eight hits, including five doubles to jump out to an early nine-run lead.

The Cutters offense was able to get their first run of the night in the bottom of the 4th inning on a two-out double to deep left-center off the bat of shortstop Christian Olivo. Trey Romay, who had entered for the injured Jaxon Shirley, raced around from 1st base to score the run, making it a 9-1 deficit.

Ryan Velazquez was the first pitcher out of the Crosscutters bullpen, and was solid through his first two innings of work, retiring the first six batters he faced. His third inning of work was a different story, allowing to runs on three hits and a walk. He finished the night with four strike outs.

Francisco Mateo followed Velazquez out of the bullpen and had early success, pitching a perfect frame in the 7th. The Thunder got to Mateo in the 8th, scoring two runs on two hits. Mateo got through the inning, finishing the night with two strikeouts.

The Cutters last run of the night came in the bottom of the 8th inning, which was led off by a triple to deep right-center from Trey Steffler. Freddie Matos followed with a single to right, plating Steffler to make it a 13-2 deficit for the Cutters. The next three Crosscutters to the plate would all go down on strikes.

Josh Bostick, who started the game as the Designated Hitter, pitched the final inning for Williamsport, allowing one run on two hits, picking up a pair of strike outs in the inning.

Williamsport saw two runners reach in the bottom of the 9th inning, both were stranded as the Cutters dropped the contest, leaving eight runners on base.

Cutter Carvings - Crosscutters pitching allowed a season-high 14 runs and a season-high 15 hits in the loss… The Crosscutters pitcher walked only one batter, which is a new season-low… Williamsport’s three-game win streak against Trenton came to an end… Trenton had nine extra base hits in the win, seven doubles and two triples…