Williamsport, Pa - The Crosscutters had their six-game win streak come to a close on Wednesday night dropping both ends of a doubleheader to the Batavia Muckdogs by identical 6-3 scores.
Kendall Simmons rocked his eighth home run in the first game which is second most in the league. Herbert Iser also crushed his second of the year. But Batavia posted six runs in the first inning to take early control of the game and held on from there. LHP Spencer Van Scoyoc (3-2) didn't make it out of the first inning giving up a couple of bad-contact hits while also dealing a couple walks and a hit batter.
It is the most runs allowed by Williamsport in a single inning this season. The Crosscutters out-hit Batavia in the first game 11-7.
Batavia sent 11 batters to the plate in the opening inning of the twin-bill with the first three reaching on a walk, error and hit batter. Nic Ready's sacrifice fly put the Muckdogs on the board and got the ball rolling. Julian Infante hit a pop-up that landed in shallow center for another run and after another walk it was Jack Strunc with a little nubber on the first-base line that rolled from foul to fair only thirty feet from the plate for another run.
Brayan Hernandez blooped a single to right-center for a 5-0 lead and that was it for Van Scoyoc who made way for Brian Marconi. The Cutters left-hander gave up a single to right for Dustin Skelton that pushed the lead to 6-0 before recording the last two outs of the inning.
Williamsport battled back in the second inning with solo home runs for Kendall Simmons and Herbert Iser. It is the first time this season Williamsport has hit two homers in the same inning.
In the third, Williamsport had the bases loaded with one out and the red-hot Simmons up again but he struck out swinging and then Rudy Rott's drive to deep center was chased down for the final out.
D.J. Stewart doubled to left and scored on a Nate Fassnacht single in the fourth inning to complete the scoring in Game 1.
Game 2 saw the Cutters claw their way back from a 2-0 deficit to forge a 2-2 tie in the sixth on a triple by Simmons and a sacrifice fly by Logan O'Hoppe. But the Muckdogs pushed across four runs in the top of the seventh against reliever Alejandro Made to break the tie. Jake Holmes went 2-for-3 in the second game with a double and RBI.
Batavia struck for a pair in the second against Brett Schulze with a pair of singles resulting in runs on Jack Strunk's infield single to Stewart at first base .Schulze covered at first but couldn't hang onto the ball for an error.
Muckdogs starter Easton Lucas struck out the first six straight batters he faced but in the second time through the lineup the Cutters had better success. A lead-off walk for Simmons and then an eighth strikeout for Lucas getting Bryson Stott got the Cutters to the Muckdogs bullpen with Brock Love. Simmons got to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly to deep center by Johan Rojas that had a chance to be even more but was chased down for a good catch. As was Hunter Hearn's drive to the gap in left-center that almost went for extra-bases and a potential RBI hit.
The Cutters tied it in the third on Simmons' triple to left that was misplayedin the outfield by a diving Troy Johnston who let the ball get past him. O'Hoppe brought him in with a a sacrifice fly to tie the game.
But Alejandro Made couldn't hold it in the seventh. Dalvy Rosario tripled home Milton Smith who had walked. Then Nic Ready knocked an RBI hit to left for a 4-2 game leading to two more runs coming in via a throwing error by Jake Holmes trying to get a force at home.
Nicolas Torres singled with two outs in the seventh and Holmes recorded his first multi-hit game with a double to right-center for the game's final one providing an identical 6-3 result.
Williamsport plays a doubleheader at West Virginia on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. RHP Adam Leverett and LHP Chris Micheles are the probable starters.
- Kendall Simmons has 6 home runs in the last 11 games and ranks second in the league with 8 trailing only Ezequiel Duran of Staten Island.
- The game was the sixth doubleheader of the season for the Cutters and the second time they have been swept and the first time at home.
- Tuesday represented the seventh rainout of the season and the fifth at home. That's the most home rainouts for the Crosscutters in at least 15 years.
- Nicolas Torres is 6-for-10 in his last three games.
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