Rain suspends game

A lightning strike briefly knocked out the lights at Bowman Field on Tuesday night before rain eventually caused the suspension of the Williamsport Crosscutters’ series finale against Batavia.

Home plate umpire Matt Winters suspended the game with the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning. The game will be resumed when Batavia returns to Williamsport on Aug. 29.

Williamsport took a two-run lead in the first inning when Dylan Cozens worked a two-out, nine-pitch walk and was driven home on Zach Green’s two-run home run two pitches later. It was Green’s fourth home run of the year which tied him with Jamestown’s Danny Collins for the New York-Penn League lead.

Green gave Williamsport a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning when he followed Cozens’ leadoff double with a ground-rule double down the left-field line. Green’s three RBIs last night give him 12 for year, which leads the NYPL.

Through the first nine games, Green has 11 hits and 10 have gone for extra bases. His 29 total bases are six better than Collins’ total.

Shane Martin was stellar in his second start since being drafted in the ninth round out of Division II Southwestern Oklahoma State, allowing just one unearned run in four innings. He surrendered just three hits and struck out two, throwing 41 of 57 pitches for strikes.

Batavia tied the game 3-3 in the fifth inning when Yefri Perez hit a two-run home run into the teeth of a gusting wind off reliever Julio Reyes.

Williamsport travels to Auburn for two games beginning today, before returning home for series against Mahoning Valley and State College.