Cutters wildcard hopes take hit

HUDSON?VALLEY?- The Williamsport Crosscutters continue struggling and their wildcard playoff hopes keep dwindling.

Williamsport lost, 6-2, at first-place Hudson Valley on Wednesday night, dropping its second straight contest. The Crosscutters have dropped to 24-28 and are 3 1/2 games out of a wild-card berth with 24 games remaining.

They delivered nine hits last night but stranded eight and never led.

Jiandido Tromp went 2 for 4 with a double and Rhys Hoskins drove in his 30th run of the season, while Cord Sandberg added two singles.

The Crosscutters pulled within 2-1 in the third inning but Hudson Valley (37-15) scored twice in the fourth and took control of the game. Williamsport starting pitcher Feliberto Sanchez dropped to 2-6, allowing four runs and seven hits in 5 innings.

Williamsport struggled to move runners and struck out 13 times.

Hudson Valley second baseman Jace Conrad went 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored. Conrad played for the Lafayette, La., team that reached the Little League World Series and advanced to the U.S. semifinals.