Crosscutters lose on walk-off home run

Williamsport rallied to tie the game in the eighth inning, and scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning before Batavia’s Rodrigo Vigil hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Muckdogs a 6-5 win over the Crosscutters in the first of a three-game series Sunday.

It was the third consecutive loss for the Williamsport after opening last week’s homestand with three consecutive wins. The Cutters fell one game below .500 for the season (21-22) and are tied with three other teams for second place in the New York-Penn League’s Wild Card standings just one game behind Staten Island.

Rhys Hoskins hit his fifth home run of the season for the Cutters in the fourth inning, a two-run shot which cut the Williamsport deficit to 4-2. Drew Stankiewicz added an RBI?single in the fifth inning to make it 4-3. Stankiewicz was 2 for 3 to raise his batting average to .325 for the year.

Aaron Brown singled in Stankiewicz to tie the game in the eighth inning, and Chase Harris drove in Robinson Torres to give Williamsport a 6-5 lead in the ninth inning.

Batavia erased the lead in just three batters in the ninth inning against closer Jesen Therrien. After getting the first out, Therrien allowed a single to Eric Fisher before Vigil hit his first home run of the year, and only the third of his five-year professional career.

David Whitehead pitched six innings for the Cutters, allowing two earned runs and striking out four.

Matt Hockenberry followed in his Williamsport debut with a scoreless inning which included two strikeouts, and Manny Martinez struck out two batters of his own in the eighth inning.

The two teams play again tonight at 7:05.