Crosscutters salvage finale against Renegades

Williamsport first baseman Rhys Hoskins capped a 4 for 4 night with a solo home run in the eighth inning to give the Crosscutters a 4-3 win over Hudson Valley in the finale of a three-game series Friday.

With the win, the Cutters stayed within four games of Brooklyn for the New York-Penn League’s Wild Card playoff spot. There are 22 games left in the season.

Hoskins was a combined 6 for 7 in the final two games of the series, raising his season batting average to .247. His four-hit night yesterday included a double and an RBI?single. His solo home run off of Hudson Valley reliever Edgar Gomez. It was the sixth home run of the year for Hoskins, a fifth-round draft pick in June.

The home run made a winner of Cutters reliever Edubray Ramos despite the right-hander allowing his first hits and run with Williamsport this summer.

Calvin Rayburn pitched the final two innings, striking out three for his seventh save of the season. Rayburn has allowed just one run in his last seven appearances and has lowered his ERA?to 1.61.

Starting pitcher Ricardo Pinto was stellar again, going six innings and allowing just one earned run. He struck out six.

Williamsport took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on an RBI?groundout by catcher Deivi Grullon to score Hoskins from third. The Cutters added two more runs in the sixth inning when Hoskins drove in Aaron Brown. Hoskins came around to score on the play thanks to a Hudson Valley throwing error.

The Crosscutters open up a three-game series tonight against Lowell.