Auburn, N.Y. - The Crosscutters fired their third nine-inning shutout of the season with a two-hitter on Wednesday in a 4-0 victory at the Auburn Doubledays. Erik Miller, Junior Tejada (W, 2-0) and Jose Conopoima combined on the sparking performance.
The left-hander Miller started and racked up seven strikeouts for his second game in a row. The fourth-round selection out of Stanford snagged four strikeouts in the fourth inning when a dropped third strike for a wild pitch allowed a batter to reach base.
Lefty Junior Tejada spun no-hit ball from the fifth through the seventh with two walks and righty Jose Conopoima wrapped it up with two innings of one-hit pitching in the eighth and ninth. Tejada has been part of all three of the team's nine-inning shutouts this season.
Caldioli Sanfler singled to lead-off the first for Auburn (21-36) and then the Doubledays did not acquire another hit until there were two outs in the bottom of the ninth on a single by Jeremy Ydens. In between it was flat-out shut-down mode for Williamsport pitching.
Hunter Hearn banged a two-run double to the gap in the fifth and D.J. Stewart drove a two-run single to left in the sixth for the Cutters' offense.
Hearn opened the scoring against Auburn starter Carlos Romero after Nate Fassnacht walked and Bryson Stott singled to right.
The Cutters built on their lead in the sixth with a lead-off walk by Herbert Iser against Lucas Knowles and then an infield single by Nicolas Torres. Corbin Williams was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Stewart who delivered his two-run knock to double the advantage to 4-0.
In the meantime, Tejada built on Miller's momentum with three no-hit frames with two walks in the sixth and no strikeouts. Conopoima came on and struck out a pair in the eighth and one more in the ninth while also allowing a single with two outs on what was a two-hitter.
Auburn had been one-hit by Tri City at home on August 4 when they broke up a no-hit bid with one out in the ninth.
Williamsport (23-36) had a one-hitter on June 17 in a seven-inning doubleheader game against West Virginia that was led by Taylor Lehman. The team's previous low in a nine-inning game was a three-hitter on August 2 against Brooklyn with Adam Leverett, Junior Tejada and Rafael Carvajal combining on that masterpiece.
The Crosscutters continue their season-long seven-game road-trip on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. with RHP Leonel Aponte scheduled to start.
- The Crosscutters now rate second in the NYPL in team ERA at 3.04 trailing only Aberdeen.
- Junior Tejada has a 15-inning shutout streak and been on the mound for all three of the team's nine-inning shutouts this season. He combined with Adam Leverett on July 27 and August 2 before teaming up with Miller and Conopoima on this one on August 14.
- The Crosscutters are 13-9 in the second half of the season after going 10-27 in the first half.
- Williamsport has 17 games left in the regular season including eight at home.
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