Torres’ single leads to Cutters’ walk-off victory

WILLIAMSPORT – Spanning the final eight innings of Wednesday night’s loss to Mahoning Valley, the inability of Williamsport to find home plate continued through the first six innings of Thursday’s meeting with the Scrappers.

However, once the Cutters broke the drought, they scored runs in the seventh to get even before Robinson Torres put on display his version of Walking My Baby Back Home with a walkoff single to left, giving the Cutters a 2-1 win over the Scrappers before 1,626 fans at Bowman Field.

“We didn’t score a lot, but we got enough to win and that is that matters,” said Cutters manager Shawn Williams. “I think the shame of it all is that I thought we swung the bats really well tonight, but just had nothing to show for it. They just kept battling with the bats and they came through in the last two innings.”

With the game tied at 1-all heading into the ninth inning, Deivi Grullon walked and pinch runner Chase Harris was sacrificed to second by Jan Hernandez.

With the game on the line, Torres picked on a 1-0 offering from Cortland Cox and line the RBI single to left, chasing Harris across the dish with the winning run.

“He (Torres) is a gamer and a lot of fun to watch,” said Williams. “He has been playing outstanding defense and it is just nice to see a kid like that who works so hard get a big hit like that for the walkoff.”

With Cutter righthander Alejandro Arteaga and Scrapper righty Cameron Hill matching each other pitch for pitch through three innings of scoreless baseball, the Scrappers broke through with a run.

Ordomar Valdez led off with a bunt single, went to third on a single to left by Leo Castillo. Valdez scored on a fielder’s choice ground ball off the bat of Francisco Mejia to give the Scrappers a 1-0 lead.

For Mahoning Valley, Cameron Hill worked the first five innings, allowing no runs on three hits, walking a pair and striking out six.

For the Cutters, Arteaga went six innings, showing four 1-2-3 innings with only a hiccup in the fourth when the Scrappers scored their first run. He was touched up for five hits and the one run, walking none while striking out eight.

After allowing seven runs in four innings the night before, the Cutter bullpen of Edubray Ramos and Calvin Rayburn tossed goose eggs at the Scrappers to make the 2-1 win possible.

“Arteaga threw the ball outstanding tonight,” said Williams. “It was just fun to watch. He used all three of his pitches and he really had his slider working. Ramos and Rayburn have been outstanding all year and tonight, they did the job again. It was just fun to watch those guys pitch tonight.”

Unable to get anything going against Hill, the Cutters got after Scrapper reliever Jose Zapata for three hits and one run in the seventh before Zapata had to leave the game when he was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Emmanuel Serra.

With one out the runners on first and third base, Cortland Cox took over the mound duties for the Scrappers and he executed damage control to perfection by getting the final two outs of the inning to keep the game deadlocked at 1-all.

However Cox wasn’t as fortunate in the ninth, giving up the big hit to Torres for the walkoff single and the win.

The Crosscutters hit the pavement for a seven-game road trip that takes them to Auburn for three games, two in Batavia and a pair with the State College Spikes at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.