Williamsport, PA -- Kyle Young matched his season-high, throwing six innings, as the Crosscutters defeated the Muckdogs 3-2 in the series opener. Young improved to 2-1 against the Muckdogs this season with the victory.
The last time Kyle Young faced the Batavia Muckdogs, things did not fare well for the Cutters southpaw, but he was able to reverse his fortunes in his win tonight.
Young was able to work around a handful of base runners through the four innings of his start, stranding runners at 3rd base in the 2nd and 4th innings to keep his shutout intact, picking up five strike outs along the way.
Batavia starter Sean Guenther got off to a hot start, retiring the first six batters that he faced, but Luis Encarnacion changed the outlook of the game on the first offering that he faced in the top of the 3rd.
Encarnacion sent a Geunther offering over the wall in deep left-center for his 2nd home run of the season to give the Crosscutters a 1-0 lead and give Encarnacion his 5th RBI of the season.
Brian Mims drilled a Guenther offering to deep right-center, sliding into 3rd with his first triple of the season. With Nick Maton at the plate, Guenther spiked an offering that got through Michael Hernandez to the backstop, allowing Mims to score and give the Cutters a 2-0 advantage.
Sean Guenther would not allow another run, finishing the night allowing the two runs on four hits while striking out four batters as he took the loss.
Demetrius Sims reached 2nd on a Jake Scheiner throwing error in the top of the 5th inning to give the Muckdogs a lead off base runner. Sims scored on a Michael Hernandez RBI single to cut the deficit to 2-1.
That would be the only blemish on Young's line, allowing one unearned run on five hits and a walk while striking out five over six innings of work, securing his team-high sixth win of the season.
Randy Alcantara entered in relief in the top of the 7th inning and was able to pitch three scoreless frames, allowing one base hit and striking out a pair en route to his fifth save of the season.
Batavia was able to get a runner to 3rd five times in the game, only seeing one of those runners score, as the Crosscutters pitchers were able to bare down and get out of jams when they needed to.
The Crosscutters continue their series with the Batavaia Muckdogs tomorrow evening, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. At BB&T Ballpark.
Cutter Carvings - The Crosscutters took the regular season series against Batavia, improving to 8-5 with two games remaining... Encarnacion's home run was his first since his long ball against Auburn on June 24th... The win by Young was his first since defeating the Muckdogs on the road on July 20th, a stretch of six starts in between wins... The Crosscutters improved to 21-15 at BB&T Ballpark this season.. Encarnacion's home run was the 21st home run at home this season...
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