Batavia, N.Y. - Williamsport took advantage of a six-run first inning, to hand Batavia a 9-7 loss in a rain shortened contest.
Matt Vierling opened up the ball game with a single through the left side of the infield, extending his team-high hit streak to six consecutive games, and the starting of the biggest run scoring inning for the Cutters in 2018.
Keudy Bocio laid down a sacrifice bunt, fielded by Batavia starter Dakota Bennett, who threw it down the right field line. Vierling was able to score all the way from 1st base on the play. Bocio reached 2nd base on the throwing error with the Cutters leading 1-0.
Danny Mayer plated Bocio with a one-out double into the left field corner, giving the Crosscutters a 2-0 lead and giving Mayer his fifth RBI of the season on his third double.
After Ben Pelletier reached on a throwing error by third basemen J.D. Osborne, Brayan Gonzalez and Jonathan Guzman recorded back-to-back RBI singles to advance the Williamsport lead to 5-0 in the opening frame. For Guzman it was his 2nd RBI and form Gonzalez, his 3rd run batted in on the season.
Jesus Azuaje capped the scoring in the inning, plating Guzman with a fielder's choice, making it 6-0, giving Azuaje his first RBI of the season.
Batavia starter Dakota Bennett was relived with two outs in the frame by Bryce Howe. Howe finished the rest of the inning, facing a pair of batters. Williamsport sent eleven batters to the plate in all.
The Crosscutters added on to their lead in the top of the second inning against Howe, taking advantage of a lead off error that allowed Rafael Marchan to reach. Brayan Gonzalez doubled to deep left, scoring Marchan for plate his second run of the night, giving him four RBI and the Cutters a 7-0 lead.
Batavia found the scoreboard against Francisco Morales in the bottom of the fourth inning, taking advantage of a lead off walk drawn by Demitrius Sims. Michael Donadio scored Sims with a RBI ground out cutting into the Cutters lead, making it 7-1.
Williamsport answered in the top of the fifth inning, on back-to-back RBI singles from Vierling and Bocio to up the Crosscutters lead to 9-1. For Vierling it was his 3rd RBI and for Bocio his 2nd RBI on the season. It also capped the Cutters scoring in the contest.
Morales was relieved in the sixth inning by Orestes Melendez after tossing five innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks, while striking out just one batter. Morales left the pitcher of record.
With the rain continuing to fall, Melendez struggled with his command, allowing three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Batavia got an run on a sacrifice fly from Donadio, and then plated two more runs on a two-run triple from Osborne to make it a 9-4 game.
Batavia added three more in the 7th inning against Cutters reliever Anton Kuznetsov. Getting a RBI single from Jerar Encarnacion that was followed up by a two-run home run off the bat of Sean Reynolds. Reynolds home run traveled an estimated 434 feet over the right field wall to make it a 9-7 game after seven frames.
Randy Alcantara entered in the bottom of the 8th inning, striking out the first batter that he faced before allowing a single to Osborne. With the tying run at the plate, the umpires called for the tarp to be put on.
After a 40 minute rain delay, the umpires called the game official, giving the Crosscutters a 9-7 win. Morales earned the win, his first and Alcantara earned the save, his first of the season.
The Crosscutters conclude their three-game road trip tomorrow night in Batavia against the Muckdogs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Dwyer Stadium
Cutter Carvings - Matt Vierling finished with three hits, giving him back-to-back three hit games... Batavia's fourth inning run against Morales ended a 31 inning scoreless streak by Cutters starting pitchers... Rafael Marchan had his five-game hit streak ended, going 0 for 5 with a strikeout...
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